You may think planning your parent’s golden anniversary destination party or your daughter’s dream wedding sounds fun, but it's inevitable that the work starts to outweigh the enjoyment. That’s why it pays to have an expert team such as the Dallas Design District’s 316 Design Source to take the helm for your next big event.
Dallas Design District: Tell us how 316 Design Source came to be.
316 Design Source: 316 Design Source started in 2010, focusing on interior design and corporate events. Since its inception, 316DS has grown exponentially, doubling the amount of team members and services offered to clients. In 2015, 316DS moved to the Dallas Design District, where we now have a working retail boutique, offering clients not only luxury event planning and production services, but also a unique selection of clothing and gifts.
DDD: What do you enjoy most about having a studio in the Design District?
316DS: When 316DS decided to relocate from Addison, we knew the Design District was the place for our company. Much like 316DS, the DDD is constantly growing and evolving. As for what we enjoy most, it’s got to be the creative and supportive community, even down to mailman.
DDD: Explain the services that you offer clients.
316DS: 316DS offers wedding and event planning and production, luxe event rentals, elegant floral design, custom paper products and gifts, as well as a unique selection of retail featuring brands from all over the world, including Olcay Gulsen, Rachel Pally, Jen’s Pirate Booty, Mario Luca Giusti and Bernardaud… just to name a few.
We also offer a selection of rental gowns. All you do is try on the perfect dress, rent it, rock it and return it!
DDD: What sets 316 Design Source apart from other local, boutique event planning companies?
316DS: The biggest factor differentiating 316DS is our teamwork. There’s not a single detail that our entire team doesn’t know about. As a client of 316DS, you have a lead planner, who is supported by an experienced team of professionals.
DDD: Are the majority of the projects you plan and execute weddings or private events? Do you take on destination projects?
316DS: We take on a mix of weddings, corporate events and private parties. The diversity of our portfolio keeps us thinking outside the box. It’s not just about how to make a bride’s grand vision a reality, but how we can create a dinner party for six the most memorable evening of the year.
Destination is an absolute yes. Rexanne Foster, the proprietor of 316DS, is an expert on all things luxury travel. One of her favorite destination events to date was a private surprise 50th birthday party for 80 guests at Jumby Bay in Antigua.
DDD: What’s the first question you ask a new client, regardless of the event?
316DS: First question is always one that helps us know our clients on a more personal level. The more we know about our clients’ likes and dislikes, the more we can brainstorm a beautiful event that conveys their personality.
DDD: Where do you find inspiration for fresh, inventive ideas?
316DS: Everywhere, honestly! From travel to restaurants to window displays — to our dreams! It sounds silly, but our brains are constantly moving and thinking of ways to push the envelope. There’s unlimited inspiration in this beautiful world.
DDD: Being constantly on the move and going from event to event, how do you avoid burnout?
316DS: The trick for us is loving what we do. Sure, the hours are long, but the passion for our work is endless.
DDD: Do you have a favorite trend right now in the event planning industry?
316DS: We’re loving the push toward eco-friendly floral; it’s something our company is striving to implement in our designs. There are so many benefits to sourcing from sustainable farms, from the well-being of the farmers to the positive impact on the environment.
DDD: Is there a particular trend you feel is a bit played out?
316DS: Large floral spheres have had their moment. They’re beautiful, but we’re leaning more toward floral design that has a little more movement and a lot more greenery. The look of floral is trending toward a contemporary yet intimate style.
DDD: Any upcoming industry trends we can look forward to?
316DS: Brides can look forward to their menu being a star player in their table design. Imagine your perfectly planned meal displayed as a seamless extension of the charger or a mirrored piece for a special reflection event such as an anniversary party.
DDD: Finish this sentence: “Every special event should be…”
Before you decide you want to plan your event all on your own, stop by and have a chat with the team at 316 Design Source. They’re ready to make your next party or wedding the toast of the town. Or who knows? Maybe you’ll find the perfect gift in the retail boutique!