Monday, August 31

Wedding Flower Advice

The second installment of Michael Daigian Design wedding planning articles…

There have been requests for a wedding planning article specific to wedding flowers, and since that is our expertise, here is your guide…

Wedding flowers can be an especially tricky part of planning a wedding. There are so many uncertainties from flower availability to scheduling issues and florist or design choices that options may seem overwhelming. There is also the do-it-yourself ethos that has become especially popular though often associated with anxiety and disaster.

As we discussed in our initial wedding guide, planning is the most important step. Collect ideas and images that relate to your expectations about wedding flowers. Compare your ideas with potential vendors and start to compile a list of florists to request quotes or proposals from, and even set up consultations with.

Since weddings are so important and particular, your vendor should be working with you and your budget to assure that the floral décor is what you hope for and deserve. As finances are tight these days, Michael Daigian Design event planners regularly spend hours working on proposals for our clients so that the decor is what our clients dream of on their special day.

Often wedding parties have higher expectations that what budgets will ultimately allow. Michael Daigian Design dedicates extra time to working with our clients to assure that each item is absolutely necessary. The right vendor will work with you on your event and cut out extraneous items so that your budget will be focused on the important design elements that leave lasting impressions.

Sadly an increasingly consistent clientele has been the ‘save our wedding’ parties. Many individuals are choosing to rely on friends or garage floral enthusiast for their wedding floral décor. While we certainly do not suggest these ideas be ignored, having to bail your friend out on your wedding day is an awkward and usually costly experience.

Weddings are typically one of the most important days of a person’s life. We do no recommend leaving anything up to chance, especially something as important as wedding décor. Most individuals and some wedding planners do not realize how important floral décor is in event design and flowers are often the first item to be cut. Fortunately, many excellent florists, including Michael Daigian Design have flexible pricing options to assure that professional floral décor for your dream wedding is available at a reasonable price.

Ideas to Shave Costs on Wedding Flowers:

-Pickup and setup on your own: Eliminate delivery and installations fees by having a friend of family member pick up the floral décor.

-Work with florist to choose seasonal flowers to cut supply costs.

-Consider locations that need less additional décor to enhance the ambience. Outdoor wedding generally need less floral décor than a sterile banquet hall.

-Consider options for table centerpieces that will accommodate smaller arrangements. Florists are great with additional décor that is not costly fresh cut flowers.

-Opt for sustainable designs and materials that are reused or recycled.

-Work with your florist endlessly on the look and style of your wedding. At this point, florists are experts at shaving costs so rely on their experience and expertise.

Tuesday, August 25

“Play With Your Own Marbles”


Last night was the art opening and it was a huge success! The pieces are beautiful, especially those by Karl Haendel who happened to be at the show last night. Here are images from a few pieces in the gallery. The show runs until October 3rd and is wonderfully put together.

Walead Beshty

Karl Haendel

A friend is curating a show at Noma Gallery in San Francisco!!!

Walead Beshty, Karl Haendel & Patrick Hill

Opens September 3, 2009

At NOMA GALLERY, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, August 24th 2009: Curated by Betty Nguyen, Creative Director of First Person Magazine, NOMA GALLERY's “Play With Your Own Marbles” is a bold attempt to challenge the viewer's usual access points into an artwork. In “Play With Your Own Marbles,” Nguyen brings together three contemporary Los Angeles-based artists who examine the finite moment when a work becomes defined as finished or in progress. In their common concerns and motifs, these artists exemplify a shift from the indulgence of art back to a more humble, raw approach to conceptualizing and crafting art. The narratives of artistic and curatorial process are not only foregrounded in the content of the works – crafted with raw materials, portraying utilitarian tools, and addressing everyday apparatus – but additionally, the temporality, disposability, and pervasiveness of “art” is addressed. Whether it be a piece purposefully conceived as art or an everyday commodity that, through its re-contextualization, incites appreciation of craftsmanship, and triggers some form of critical evaluation, the works chosen are in a continuous state of flux. Decoding the artist’s surfaces and content, the participant begins to process the sublimation of art as a part of life, one that is as rich in semiotics as it is in aesthetics.

Image by Patrick Hill, "Fabric and Piss"

First Person Magazine

Noma Gallery

Friday, August 7

Monday, August 3

Michael Daigian Design: Sustainable Floral Art

Sustainability and low carbon footprints are one the topics of intense discussion. In small business, individuals are constantly working on ways to increase the use of sustainable materials and reduce our carbon footprint. They are also working to find ways to market and introduce these ideas to the consumer.

MD Design has implemented quite a few steps to reduce our carbon footprint. We have stopped sending paper invoices to our clients, unless they specifically request one. We find that emailing invoices not only saves paper and costs, our clients welcome the ideas as it keeps their desks from becoming cluttered! We have also stopped sending out paper marketing materials in exchange for customizable emailed documents and our wonderful blog!

But some business practices have carbon footprints that are much harder to reduce or contain. MD Design is still waiting for the first hybrid delivery van. In exchange, we improve efficiency by carefully planning our delivery routes and constantly checking the mechanics of our vans and air pressure in the tires.

In the argument regarding sustainability, carbon footprint, global warming, eco-conscoiusness and all the other nomenclature surrounding the global warming debate, too little importance is placed on reduction. This video from National Geographic demonstrates the impacts of small changes on a national or global level.

If all automobiles increased efficiency by 5 mpg, the reduction of fossil fuel emissions would be tremendous. (examples) Cutting our impact on the environment and carbon dioxide drastically. Small changes on massive scale might be our only chance in having a profound impact in cutting our carbon footprint. While a lot of this is wishful thinking, MD Design is considering bringing these ideas into our floral design ethics.

MD Design would like to introduce our slant on the sustainable floral arrangement.

This arrangement features sustainably grown Dahlias and Curly Willow. Both relatively low impact floral goods, grown using minimal watering and no heat.

The succulents are hybrid Echeverias. These are quite common and when the flowers in our arrangement have died (we are still working on this one) pull the Echeverias out and plant them in your garden, planter, or pot on a windowsill.

Last but not least, the square vase is made from recycled glass and can be reused for other flower arrangements, potpourri, or any other eco-conscious idea...