Florist - Lynn Nguyen
- Business: Prestige Events
- Location: Houston, Texas TX
- Experience: 18 Years
- Profile: Prestige Events
- Website: prestigeeventshouston.com
1. Introduction: What's your story?
Hi, I'm Lynn Nguyen, owner of Prestige Events! My love for creating floral arrangements came unexpectedly about 20 years ago when my brother asked me to create the flowers for his wedding. After that, I began preparing the weekly floral arrangements at church for the next 12 years. After all those years, I finally decided to jump feet first into the floral world! I excelled in my classes taught by Frankie Shelton, AIFD, and became a certified Texas Floral Designer as well as a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers. I then launched my dream business, Prestige Event!
Prestige Events first began only as a flower shop but quickly evolved into a full scale wedding and event decorating business. The services we provide are: the freshest flowers in Houston, fine linens, lighting, draping, ceiling treatments, furniture rental, dance floor installments, seating charts, custom signs, photo backdrops, chair rentals, custom prop designing/building and much more! We truly are a one-stop-shop!
One of the largest challenges in this industry is staying up to date with the trends. We truly pride ourselves in creating luxury events and weddings that have fresh concepts and unique touches. These beautiful memories we help create truly last a lifetime!
2. What's your experience as a wedding florist business? How many weddings are in there in your portfolio?
I have been decorating weddings for almost 18 years now, wow! Once I became AIFD certified, I really channeled everything I had into this new line of work! Oh my goodness, through all of those years we have probably created over a 1000 weddings and events!
3. How far in advance do couples need to secure your services?
The earliest we have had couples book us in the past has been over a year in advance up to 1 week (for smaller events). Our busy months are March-May, and September-January. Those time frames usually book the fastest so we advise couples to book ASAP to lock in their date with us!
4. How do you price your floral arrangements? What are the different packages that you offer and which one is your most popular package?
At Prestige Events we do not offer any sort of packages. We truly pride ourselves in creating unique and custom tailored events and weddings to the couples! During our consultation process we will discuss the vision details, dreams, wants and needs of each couple to carefully create a unique package just for their event!
We are a full service business therefore we create everything from the floral arrangements, ceiling installations to custom prop designs that our talented staff members build by hand! Our mission is to make sure no two events are the same!
5. How many meetings will you have with the couple, and how will they be involved?
In general we have 2 or 3 in-person meetings with our clients as well as unlimited conference calls and emails exchanged to make sure we have the couple's vision down to the T! If needed, we will have an onsite meeting at their chosen venue to better visualize things for the client.
We want to insure that we do everything possible to make our client's dreams become a reality!
6. Who else is in your team and how many people on your staff will be at the wedding?
We have 7 full-time designers, installers and production staff that works daily prepping and creating special designs and structural builds for each event. Weddings vary in terms of size so a smaller event takes up to an entire week to prep and produce with a full day of installation that may include anywhere between 4-8 people. A larger wedding may require more detailed aspects that can take up to 2-3 weeks of prepping and building props.
With our knowledge and friendships we have built over the years with the Houston area venues, some graciously allow us to begin set up the week of the wedding/event to create a truly breath taking event! On set up days for larger weddings, we may require a massive team involving anywhere between 10-20 people.
7. How would you describe your design style? (e.g. traditional, modern, rustic, organic)
Like I have mentioned before, we really pride ourselves in having that flexibility and talent to design and bring whatever vision our client has to life.
A style that we seam to always gravitate towards with our clients could be described as romantic, traditional (in terms of the different cultural traditions), modern and earthly. We try to use what the venue gives us structurally and add to it creating the style the client has in mind.
8. Who will handle setup and delivery? What other services do you offer?
We provide a 100% full service experience to our clients that involves delivery, set up, strike and clean up. In some situations the client wants a more hands on experience and actually wishes to place their own table settings/floral arrangements themselves. In that case they would pick up the items from our shop location, set up their own event/wedding and return the rented items the following business day.
9. What happens to the flowers after the wedding?
This is 100% the client preference. The client and client's guests are able to take home all fresh floral arrangements that we create for them. This way, they are able to enjoy the created beauty in their own home, after all, they did purchase the arrangements.
In some cases, after a church ceremony the couple will donate the flowers to the church for the following Sunday's service. In other cases, they may choose to donate them to first responders, assisted livings or hospitals to brighten someones day!
For some reason the flowers are left at the end of the event, we recycle them into other creations deemed appropriate to maximize the life of the flower!
We arrange all of this ahead of time in our final consultation meeting with the client to make sure their wishes are being followed though with.
10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?
We require our clients to place a non-refundable deposit down to save their date with us. If they need to post-pone their event due to COVID or other reasons, we work with our clients to find an available date for them to reschedule it to.
If they do completely cancel their event/wedding, it is a case by case bases and we try to work out a solution with the couple regarding what they have paid up until that moment.