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Q&A with Jackie Lacey
Jackie Lacey is a true artist when it comes to floral design, so it’s no surprise that he created true works of art to adorn the I Do Over wedding he was assigned. With years of experience, impeccable taste, and, dare we say, a bit of floral magic, Jackie can knock any event out of the park. We sat down with Jackie to ask him about his I Do Over experience and pro tips on getting the most out of your floral decor.
Was the time constraint of the show an issue for you?
Time constraints are always an issue when you are dealing with something that is a one time thing like a wedding. When you add the element of television into the mix, you have to not only deal with what your tasks are, but how it will work for the camera and how it fits into the production schedule. It takes a lot of time just to get everyone involved together to discuss a simple change.
What are some tips you’d offer couples on how to communicate their tastes to their florist if they’ve never dealt with flowers before?
Do some research and be able to show visual examples of what you are talking about to every vendor. And most importantly, select vendors that you have researched or have been recommended by other trusted associates or friends. Once you have selected a vendor, allow them to make suggestions and guide you in the decision process based on all of the information and their prior experience. Allow them to do the job you hired them for.
How can you think outside the box with floral if you want a wow-factor wedding but don’t have a wow-factor budget?
The WOW to anything is not always how much you spend but how well you spend it. Use your budget for the maximum impact based on the venue, time of year, bride and groom’s personal style and wishes. Creating WOW is done with personal touches, attention to detail and planning. Plan ahead thoughtfully and with the luxury of time on your.
What’s the most extravagant wedding floral you’ve ever done?
I had the opportunity to design and present the bride with a wedding gift from her groom that housed a $15,000.00 diamond necklace. I designed a floral box that held the necklace and played music when opened. This was a lot of fun and completely nerve wracking at the same time.
What are your top favorite flowers to work with?
This is the hardest question so far. I am passionate about flowers of all kinds and it is always so difficult to narrow down the list for anything. I would have to say that I prefer to work with orchids, calla lily, hydrangea and roses. These are the standards, I know, but with these elegant and simple flowers you can create so many different styles.
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