Each week, we go behind the scenes of the show with Design Star producer Loren Ruch. This week, Loren shares how they found the bride and groom for the wedding episode and the skill set a TV designer really needs.
How did you choose the couple featured in the wedding challenge?
We hired a casting director to look for real couples who were already engaged, but willing to let up-and-coming designers plan their whole wedding reception! Of course, HGTV was happy to pay for the reception so that was an incentive, but it was a leap of faith to truly they let our Design Stars do everything from soup to nuts – and in my opinion, it turned out absolutely beautifully!
Did they really have the reception immediately following the shoot? Did the crew have to clean anything up or make changes after time for the designers was called?
You better believe it was real! That was one long day on set. The designers finished at about 6:00pm. We had the crew move the tools and equipment out of the way, and then Dina and our Design Panel had to walk through all of the spaces and make their assessments on all of the spaces. After all that, Tanika needed to reveal the room to the bride and groom!! From there, the caterers quickly loaded up the tables and the reception took place! I’ll never forget seeing a bus-full of guests pull up around 9pm (or later) to par-tay…and all this took place on a Tuesday night!!!! That said, it was a rockin’ event and everyone had a blast.
Did any of the elements look more impressive in person?
I always love that question! In my opinion the enormous standing mirrors behind the bar were gorgeous in person, as was Mark’s skateboard wall mural. I also particularly liked Kevin’s ‘groom’s den’. It was Brady Bunch meets Mad Men in the best possible way!
Why are these designers asked to paint, hang electrical, tile, build furniture etc., when real designers don’t do that stuff?
I beg to differ. Although these may not be tasks that you see designers do in your day-to-day life, they are tasks that are required by the majority of our HGTV hosts! I have personally witnessed John Gidding build incredible pieces of furniture and Emily Henderson paint her own walls on Secrets From A Stylist – so we may be asking them to do unusual tasks for the real world, but they are very usual for the life of a TV-designer.
Note from Loren: Thanks for all of your great questions…keep ‘em coming! We only have four more episodes left this season!!
Have a question for Loren? Ask in the comments below — he may just answer you next week.