10 Questions with Stephany

WeddingRule Interviewed one of the most experienced and a highly sought-after wedding florist / floral designer in Indiana, Stephany of Florals By Stephany Marie. Indianapolis based Stephany is the owner and lead designer at Florals By Stephany Marie.

Florals By Stephany Marie

Florist - Stephany

10 Questions with Stephany

1. Introduction: What's your story?

I'm Stephany Marie and I am the lead designer of Florals By Stephany Marie. As fate would have it, my journey as a florist began 20 years ago on Valentine's Day. The hustle and bustle of the largest holiday for the floral industry didn't intimidate me as much as I thought, in fact, I loved it!! I started to train in all areas of floral design, from working at mom and pop retail shops to large scale event design productions. My craft has taken me coast to coast, developing a style that is uniquely my own. Wedding design has always stood out as my favorite. I adore the details! Creating a look and feel that is completely custom for each of my brides is what sets me apart. Are you a bride that knows exactly what she wants? I take my time ensuring that each event transforms into a replica of my client’s vision.

2. What's your experience as a wedding florist business? How many weddings are in there in your portfolio?

My expertise as a wedding professional has spanned over 2 decades. From extravagant ballroom soirees to intimate backyard affairs and everything in between; I am ready to accommodate all your wedding floral and decor needs. I have produced many, many weddings and looking forward to many more!

3. How far in advance do couples need to secure your services?

Once you have secured your date, finding your florist is key. Typically, 6 months to a year out from your wedding is a good amount of time to start booking floral design services. This ensures your date is available! I welcome elopement inquiries as well.

4. How do you price your floral arrangements? What are the different packages that you offer and which one is your most popular package?

Pricing is determined upon the initial consultation to best fit my clients desires. Micro weddings start in the $1,500-$2,000 range. These intimate affairs often include the bridal party and offerings to accommodate a smaller guest count. Mid-range $2,000-$5,000 includes bridal party, a custom ceremony backdrop, and reception guest table centerpieces. Larger weddings range from $5,000-$10,000+ for max guest count accommodations, bridal party, custom ceremony/ aisle decor, and reception. Over the years, I have curated a list of vendors in the instance that outsourcing for rentals, linens, or drapery is necessary. A la carte bridal party bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages can also be ordered.

5. How many meetings will you have with the couple, and how will they be involved?

The process begins with the initial consultation, via email, phone, or in person. "Tell me about your dream wedding," is the question that allows me to listen intently to my bride's vision. I jot down notes and my creative process begins. I like to create a customized proposal vision board promptly following the conversation, while all the details are fresh. At this time, any inspiration photos or design suggestions are added to use as a guideline. We then work together to make any number of changes to create the final proposal. Making sure your day is everything you envisioned is my ultimate goal!

6. Who else is in your team and how many people on your staff will be at the wedding?

Couples will be in direct contact with me from start to finish. I am present on the wedding day with any additional staff as needed.

7. How would you describe your design style? (e.g. traditional, modern, rustic, organic)

Since I am trained in all styles of design, I truly can tailor your wedding day to suite your needs. Whether designing modern tropicals or vintage eclectic, I love a bride that makes a statement. Bringing visual interest to your wedding flowers is a must! I love using different elements that are eye catching and conversation starting. Using what is seasonal and at peak variety is the best way to ensure your blooms will be picture perfect.

8. Who will handle setup and delivery? What other services do you offer?

We work together with the event planner/ venue to coordinate and execute delivery, setup, and teardown. Prior to your event, all staff will be given specific instructions in order to carry out their duties on the day of. Team members scheduled to strike the event are packing rentals and cleaning any leftover floral arrangements.

9. What happens to the flowers after the wedding?

I like to ask my couple during our final planning stages about after event florals. Mostly, guests take arrangements home, but in the event flowers are left behind, we offer them to other onsite vendors. What cannot be salvaged is composted and given back to nature, to minimize as much waste as possible.

10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?

In the unfortunate event that either client individually or both clients jointly decide to cancel or call off the event for any reason, an
official notice of termination must be given in writing. If your event is cancelled or postponed up to 60 days prior to the event, you will receive full refund excluding the retainer. If your event is cancelled or postponed 45 days or less prior to the event there will be no refund. Partial credit may be given if the event is postponed toward the rescheduled date.

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WeddingRule Editor’s Choice 2021