This week’s insider was referred to me by Kelly Simants of Sweet Pea Events. Kelly loves Botanical Art Design in Dallas, Texas for their fresh and modern approach to wedding flowers. Owner Mami Ogata has always had a keen attachment to nature having spent her younger years living in the Japanese countryside and near the ocean south of Tokyo. Today, Mami thrives on the interaction with her clients and the challenge of creating original designs with natural materials that invoke the aura and mood her clients want to establish in their space or at their event.
Botanical Art Design
Mami Ogata, Owner
What is your favorite thing about weddings?
Doing exquisitely detailed hand work. Mami is stimulated by the avant garde and experimental designs and does not hesitate to bring interesting lighting into the mix to create a desired effect, or to design original containers of stone, bamboo or Plexiglas to set off her materials and truly create original designs for her clients.
What is your best tip for time management?
Make a detailed time schedule.
What is your little marketing secret?
Constant Contact and FaceBook have been tremendously successful in expanding business for Botanical Art Design.
What is the funnest trend you are seeing in the industry?
Crystals and immersed flowers are fun trends that are being used at all types of events these days.
If you were starting your business all over again, what would you have done differently?
[I would have] had a step-by-step business plan in the start of my business. [I would have also] focused on networking rather than advertising for spreading the word about the business.