When I first started in floral design my mentor said to me – nothing is original, it’s all be done before. I was startled my the comment and as a young and impressionable designer I really took the comment to heart and have thought about it often.
Lately when I’m reading through tweets on twitter I notice many people saying – I got copied! Someone copied my original idea, how could they do that?
I think to myself, well, there are a lot of reasons the work was copied. We choose to put our work on blogs in the hope that a bride will see our creation and hire us. Perhaps not taking into consideration that people around the world are looking at this post. Brides do like it, they print it off and take the photo to be replicated by their florist, cake baker, photographer, wedding designer, you name it. Perhaps the work wasn’t copied by another vendor on purpose but was given to the vendor by a client and they replicated it. Perhaps the original vendor was booked so the bride finds another vendor and asks if they can replicate some of the designs.
Has this happened to me? Yes, of course!
A few years ago I worked with a couple here in Denver and we came up with this design for their ceremony:
As many of you know we own a sister company, Bella Rents. About a month ago I decided to drive along with Chad and the Bella Rents crew to setup a ceremony site. Imagine my surprise when I see the aisle setup almost identical to the design I had on my website from years past:
My first thought was – how could someone copy my design? How could they hire Bella Rents and not Bella Fiori? Then I did some thinking and accepted that I choose to post the design on my website & blog therefor making it open for anyone to copy. Chad later pointed out that a family friend had offered to do the flowers for this wedding, how can I fault a family friend for offering their services? They were giving a gift to a bride and saving her money. It is what it is.
(To tell you the truth, this happened to me twice this year when I tagged along w/ Bella Rents. In another situation one of my centerpiece ideas had been copied).
My thoughts for the vendors who are concerned about having their precious ideas copied. If this is a major fear, then don’t post your treasured ideas online. Keep the photos at your studio, show them to clients in person. If you do post them online, then don’t complain when it gets copied.