How to Select the Right Workshop for You

No matter your expertise, chances are there is a handful of useful workshops to help you grow your skills (and your business!). Especially for those in the wedding industry or in a creative role, attending a workshop related to your work can provide you with far more tools, education and advice than you may find elsewhere. 

But how do you know which ones are most suited for you? 

Below are some questions to ask yourself in order to find and choose the right workshop that will leave you feeling accomplished, motivated and inspired at the end of the experience!

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1. What is your skill level?

If you're just starting to get into a new business, career or industry, be sure to find a workshop that primarily focuses on assisting beginners. Not only will you feel more comfortable right from the start -- since everyone else attending are also beginners! -- but you'll likely get more insight on steps and tools of the trade you'll need to know as you're starting out.  

And for those who are experienced professionals with several years under their belt, you may find that a workshop tailored to very specific skills you have been wanting to learn for years is a better fit for you. 

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2. What are you seeking in a workshop?

Are you needing help with fine-tuning your design style? Have you always wondered how other pros achieve a certain aesthetic in their work? Do you have a specific technique you know others use but you can't figure out how to do it on your own?

Whether you're looking for beginner information or you need education for seasoned creatives, there are workshops that can teach you what you need to know.

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3. Do the people hosting the workshop feel like YOUR people?

It may not seem very important up front, but attending a workshop with others you feel you could connect with is extremely beneficial in the long run -- especially for workshops lasting longer than a few hours! 

Learn about the speakers, the instructors and even see if you can learn about others attending. Finding your tribe will allow you to get the most out of it, both professionally and personally.

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4. Do the locations, dates, and length make sense with your life and schedule?

If you have a family and can't imagine leaving them for too long, consider finding a workshop within your metro area or state that runs for an afternoon or a whole day. 

If you're up for an adventure and love the idea of getting out of town for a few days, try a weekend-long workshop in another region! 

Find a workshop that works best with your lifestyle and schedule, which will allow you to enjoy the event without feeling stressed or rushed. 


5. Gut feeling. Is this the workshop for you?

When all is said and done, you'll want to feel inspired and thankful you attended! 

If your gut is simply telling you it's not a good fit or something feels "off", find another workshop that makes you confident that you'll take something from the event. 

And remember, your gut is different from your fears. It's okay if a workshop doesn't align with your values or doesn't teach lessons you want to learn, but don't let your fear stop you from finding success and happiness outside of your comfort zone. 

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Florals The Potted Pansy, Blushing Rose Floral, Beehive Floral with The Potted Pansy at The Potted Pansy Workshop
Photography As Ever Photography
Gown Claire Pettibone
Model Sarah Asay and Jenevieve Hubbard
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Styling Canvas Weddings and Events

Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend a Workshop in 2018

If you've been slowly growing your business recently, or have been in the wedding industry for a while but have started to feel static when it comes to being creative, it may be time to sign up for a workshop. Or maybe you're a beginner and need those skills to really get going!

Nearly every type of creative or wedding-focused business could benefit from attending a workshop this year and furthering their education, especially since trends and updates seem to happen so often these days

Whether you've thought about it before or not, take a look at some of these top reasons you should consider being a workshop-attendee in 2018: 

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1. Grow your techniques and learn new skills.

Are you still in the early stages of your business? Take a workshop to expand your techniques and skills!

Many of us start a business because it's something we enjoy or are good at. But that doesn't mean we know from the get-go everything there is to know about our industries.

Workshops are especially useful for those who are new to the business, since they can show you tools of the trade and teach you methods from professionals who have been doing it for years.

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2. Continue your education.

They're also extremely useful for established professionals, by allowing them to test out new styles that can help them grow faster than they would have on their own!

Whether you're a wedding photographer, planner or a floral designer, ongoing education is an impactful way to grow your business faster and expand your horizons. 

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3. Re-light your creative flame.

Have you been feeling overworked, uninspired or just stuck in your usual go-to strategies for your work? Attend a workshop to renew your desire, your passion and rekindle the flames that were the reasons you started this career in the first place!


4. Expand your network.

Workshops are the perfect opportunity to find your tribe, your flock, your squad -- whichever you want to call them! 

Connect with others across state boarders by traveling to one in a place you've never been but have always dreamed of visiting. Or stay local and build relationships with other vendors and creatives nearby!

Not only will you likely make long-lasting friendships, but you'll also likely find others who can be great referral partners for you. 

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5. Escape from the grind.

Maybe all you need is a break from the everyday habits and to-do lists. Or you want a way of de-stressing by getting away from a demanding atmosphere.

A workshop can be the perfect escape from the hard work, and give you a chance to be around whatever you love most, whether that be flowers, cameras and lenses, or art! 

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If you're thinking, hey, maybe I need to check out a workshop, click below! We'd love to have you!

Shapes, Techniques, and Bouquets Galore! | 1:1 Workshops

1:1 Workshops might happen to be my favorite kinds of workshops. Ever. Why? Because there really isn't anything better than a one on one connection, one on one attention, and a friendship that blooms while working! 

I was honored when Viktoriya from The Hanging Gardens initially emailed to ask about a personal workshop. I could tell from Viktoriya's images that she already had a strong sense of color and texture, and so for her to come to me for a bit more guidance on those topics as well as bouquet structure and design, was a huge compliment! I'm just going to put a plug in now...if you don't follow her on IG, you should! The Hanging Gardens, Back to the workshop...

Within the 2.5 days we were together, we made a total of 6 bouquets! All of which differed in style, shape, technique and design. It was floral heaven! So many blooms! So many colors! So many textures! And so much laughter! Below what you see are the culminating moments when we captured it all nestled up in the beautiful mountains of Utah. These are moments I will never forget and friendships we will never lose!

I have to thank everyone who helped on this very early morning. For it was perfection! Please see the list of models, gown designers, hair and makeup professionals, photographers and videographers below! They are some of the most talented individuals in the state and I highly recommend each of them!!!

Finally, there is something that came from this workshop that I think neither of us will ever forget. And it's almost something that cannot be explained. It's this sense of right that we have in our gut as designers. It's that first impression as we are building a bouquet or arrangement that tells us where to place or what to place, in that specific location. It's a oneness with the flowers that only comes from listening to within. And sometimes, that little whisper or feeling might tell us to do something completely illogical. But it's right. It's good. And it's harmonious. And so we trust that gut. We trust the feeling and we continue. For me, that feeling is found just below my rib cage, toward the front of my body. I can feel it. And I can trust it. I know it is always going to be there to guide and direct me as a design, if I simply listen. I believe that Viktoriya found it as well. Somewhere deep inside her is that same whispering feeling, saying this is it. Do this. And so I challenge you to find yours. Where is that feeling within your body, that tells you when something is good and right and harmonious? Does it guide you and lead you? 

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The Potted Pansy and Hanging Gardens

The Potted Pansy Morgan Bronson

The Potted Pansy Kristine Porter

If you would like your very own 1:1 workshop experience, please don't hesitate to ask! I promise you won't regret it! 

1:1 Workshop Teaching and Assisting by The Potted Pansy
Bouquets by The Hanging Gardens
Photography by Erin Elizabeth Photo and Gabriella Santos Photography
Video by Luke Porter Films
Models Kristine and Luke Porter and Morgan Bronson
Gowns from Maggie Sottero Designs and Off White Bride
Hair and Makeup by Janelle Ingram