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How to Become an Event Decorator: The Ultimate Guide

Do you love planning events and getting creative with decorations? If so, this guide is for YOU! Today, we’ll teach you how to become an event decorator from scratch!

We’ll many cover topics for your consideration… From the types of events an event decorator can work on, the skills required for the job, how to find clients, etc. So, whether you’re just starting out or looking to take your career to the next level, read on for all the information you need to get started!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is an Event Decorator?

An event decorator is responsible for the physical appearance and overall atmosphere of an event. This can include everything from selecting the right color scheme and decorations to setting up furniture and managing the layout of the event space.

Event decorators may work on a variety of events, including weddings, corporate functions, parties, conferences, and more. No two events are the same, so each one presents a new challenge for event decorators.

Learn more about the job description of an event decorator here!

What Skills Does an Event Decorator Need?

To be successful in this role, event decor experts must have strong creative vision. Furthermore, they must be able to think outside the box. Being detail-oriented and organized is also critical, as they’ll often be working with tight deadlines. In addition, good communication skills are essential for coordinating with clients and other vendors.

Finally, event decor professionals should have a good understanding of safety procedures and regulations. After all, they’ll be responsible for ensuring that all decorations are installed correctly and safely.

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Aren’t Event Planners Already Decorators?

You might be surprised to discover that the answer to this question is actually NO!

While event planners do have to be creative and possess an eye for detail, their focus is primarily on the logistics of the event. This includes things like managing the budget, booking vendors, and handling the day-of timeline. While some planners will offer decorating services as part of their business, there are also many who don’t. Instead, they’ll outsource these services to a trained event decorator.

Event decorators, on the other hand, are focused solely on the physical appearance of the event space. They don’t have to worry about any of the other logistical details. Rather, they can simply focus on making the event look beautiful.

When it comes to you and your career goals, there are 2 ways you can approach professional event decorating:

  1. You can get trained and certified in order to expand your existing event planning business (by offering decor services as well).
  2. You can get trained and certified in order to build a business solely around event decorating services.

Whichever route you choose to pursue is entirely up to you!

How Much Money Does an Event Decorator Make?

In terms of the type of income you can expect, this will depend on a number of factors, such as:

Average Salaries for Event Decorators

With this in mind, we can share with you some average incomes for event decorators, based on specific countries around the world.

For instance, in the United States, the average annual salary is between $17,500 USD and $50,500 USD. In Canada, the average annual income for event designers ranges from approximately $35,000 CAD to $67,000 CAD. And if you reside in the United Kingdom, you’ll likely make anywhere between £21,000 GBP and £53,000 GBP per year.

Again, keep in mind that this number could also very well be higher if you were to also offer additional services – such as event/wedding planning – as well!

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How Do I Become an Event Decorator?

Now that we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about event decorating, it’s time to give you a few tips on how you can get started in this field. Importantly, it won’t matter whether you want to add decorating services to your existing business or start a decorating business from scratch…

These 6 steps will be just as useful either way!

How to Become an Event Decorator in 6 Easy Steps

Step 1: Decide What Kind of Decorator You Want To Be

The first step is to simply decide what kind of event decorator you want to be. After all, you should never enter any new career blind. The more prepared you are, the better!

Luckily, there are all sorts of different ways you can specialize in this field, such as by:

Step 2: Build The Foundation for Your Business

Now, if you intend to join an existing events company, this skip won’t necessarily apply to you. That said, we still recommend reading it, in case you ever wish to branch out on your own down the road. In the meantime, though, what we recommend to anyone wanting to get hired onto a team would be to polish up your resume and interviewing skills.

But if your goal is to start a business of your own, then you need to know that in order to launch any business and have hope for success, there are some things you’ll need to do during the beginning stages first. For example, you’ll need to:

If you’ve never launched your own business before, don’t worry! This 11-step article by Shopify can help guide you in the right direction.

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Step 3: Choose What Services You Want to Offer

The next step is choosing which services you want to offer as an event decorator. For example, will you just be responsible for setting up the decorations? Or will you also be responsible for designing them, too? Once you know what your strengths are, you can start to build out your services accordingly.

Not sure where to start? Here’s a list of potential services that event decorators typically offer:

*Did you know that QC Event School offers a self-paced, online Floral Design Course? It’s true! Check out the full program details here!

Step 4: Take a Course on How to Become an Event Decorator

Now that you know what kind of event decorator you want to be, as well as the services you want to offer, it’s time to get the right training. And depending on which route you want to take – i.e. starting your own business or working for an existing company – the training you’ll need will be slightly different.

For example, we strongly recommend taking an event decorating course, one way or another. QC Event School’s self-paced, online Event Decor Course will teach you everything you need to know to become a globally-recognized International Event Decorating Professional™ (IEDP™) in as little as 3-6 months!

In this 3-unit program, you’ll learn all about:

Additional Learning

If you intend to join an existing events team, then this course will be more than enough to build a solid skill-set and help you make your resume irresistible! On the other hand, if your goal is to launch your own company, this program will also be more than enough… But you may want to give it that extra boost in the right direction.

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If so, we also recommend QC’s Accelerate Your Business Workshop! This 10-unit course will give you all the tools and know-how needed to take your business endeavors to the next level and increase your chances of success. Some of the vital lessons you’ll learn include (but aren’t limited to):

Step 5: Get Real-World Experience as an Event Decorator

The best way to learn how to become an event decorator is by getting real-world experience. And luckily, there are a few ways you can go about doing this:

Volunteer for Local Events and Weddings

One of the most popular ways to gain experience (and get your name out there) is by volunteering for local events and weddings. You can get started by searching online for volunteer opportunities in your area. Another option is to reach out to friends, family members, and/or acquaintances who may be planning an event and see if they need any help.

This is a great way to get started because it will allow you to try out different event decorating styles and techniques without the pressure of having to “perform” for paying clients. Not to mention, it’s also a fantastic way to build your portfolio!

Offer Complimentary Decorating Services to Friends/Family

If you have friends or family members who are planning an event, another great way to get experience is by offering your services to them pro bono. Although you might not necessarily get paid for it, this will give you a chance to try out your event decorating skills in a low-pressure environment while also building up your portfolio.

And if you’re not crazy about not getting paid for this kind of work, you can always offer to do it “in exchange” for something else (like dinner, a gift card, etc.).

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Do Small Gigs/Side Projects

Another fantastic way to gain experience as an event decorator is by doing small gigs or side projects. There are always people looking for someone to help with their small events or parties, so this should be relatively easy to do.

You can search online for event decorator gigs in your area, or reach out to local businesses/venues to see if they’re in need of any help. This is a great way to get your feet wet and start gaining some real-world experience.

Take Part in a Stylized Photoshoot

Finally, another great way to gain experience and build your portfolio is by taking part in a stylized photoshoot. You can reach out to local photographers or event planners to see if they’re interested in collaborating on a project.

Not only will this give you some great experience; it’ll also allow you to add some stunning images to your portfolio!

Step 6: Start Applying for Jobs or Launch Your Own Business!

Now that you know everything there is to know about becoming an event decorator, it’s time to take action and put your new skills to use. Start by scouring job boards or online classifieds for open positions in your area. When applying for job postings, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Alternatively, if you’re set on starting your own business, then it’s time to start promoting your services and seeking out clients! Here are a few tips to get you started:

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Conclusion

So, there you have it! Now you know everything there is to know about becoming an event decorator. Just remember to take action and put your new skills to use, and you’ll be well on your way to a successful career in no time.

Do you have any other tips on how to become an event decorator? Share them with us in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

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2 responses to “How to Become an Event Decorator: The Ultimate Guide”

  1. Lucy says:

    Can you send me some info please

    1. Sloane Seguin says:

      Hi Lucy,

      Thanks so much for reaching out, and our sincere apologies for the delayed reply! 🙂

      If you wish to learn more about QC Event School, we welcome you to check out our website here: https://bit.ly/3LBEspb. On our site, you can learn more about our school, check out our accreditation and recognition with both the Better Business Bureau and the International Live Events Association, read student and graduate reviews, meet our tutors, see our full list of self-paced, online certification courses, and so much more!

      If you’re interested in our Event Decor Course specifically, full course details can be found here: https://bit.ly/38btc1G

      You’re also more than welcome to reach out to our awesome Student Support Team, who will be more than happy to provide further info and answer any questions you may have. They can be reached by phone, email, or live chat (depending on your personal preference): https://bit.ly/3N0xSZE

      We hope this helps. Thanks again, Lucy, and we hope you have a terrific day! x

      All the best,
      The QC Team

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