Who can help themselves from being drawn to stunning floral design!? Not us! We love blooms in every way, shape and form! So does STEMS Floral Design, our newest wedding vendor we heart!!
STEMS designs florals for weddings big and small.. and in every style you can imagine. As pros in the wedding industry, they work with couples to come up with a custom design to perfectly fit their event.
What inspired you to start your business? I was literally born into the event industry. My family has a long courtship with the wedding business in Austin, Texas—going generations back. So I like to say it’s in my blood, and I couldn’t see doing anything but this. I absolutely love everything about it, and I’ve been in some fashion of the event industry my entire life.
What options for customization do you offer? Every single proposal we do for a client is completely customized. We meet with clients and start from scratch each time—no two events we do are the same. We have been known to do all sorts of custom projects for our clients, like a living wall of ferns, a floral peacock, an entire ceremony complete with a large floral gazebo all set up in a river… no day is the same around here at STEMS.
What is something that most people don’t know about your biz/you? Most people do not know how long I’ve been in the industry. I literally started as a dishwasher at the venue my parents owned and operated when I was about 13—I suppose you could call me driven, so I worked my way up the ranks of the event world. I am young, but do not be fooled and take that as a lack of experience. I have been working in the event industry for 20 years and owned by own business for 10.
If you had to choose one word (or phrase) to describe yourself/your business what would it be? “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’ —George Bernard Shaw
What makes your service unique? When we say we are full service, we truly mean it. We offer a broad range of services, including custom event signage, floral design, fabric installation, event lighting, lounge furniture, etc. We are a one-stop-shop for all the decor needs under one roof.
Tell us why you think you’re popular choice for brides and grooms. Our couples tell us it’s because we are the most professional with our proposals and we present the most creative designs.
If you could work on the ultimate destination wedding, where would it be? I’d have to really be talked into doing a destination wedding, I am a true Austinite at heart. : )
Any tips for couples on selecting their wedding style, colors, theme? Honestly, I wish more couples would come in before picking their color scheme and style. As designers who have seen it all, we would have great advice for brides and grooms about picking unique color combinations, and themes that haven’t been overdone. Most couple come in with set dress colors and semi-firm ideas, but I wish more would consult the opinion of their designer before doing so. And as your floral designer, we are not here to impose things on you that you do not want—a good designer will help bring to life YOUR vision, perhaps with some flair you didn’t even know you could dream up.
What is the most important thing couples should remember when choosing a vendor? Reputation means a lot. Read reviews and make sure you have a contract that you feel great about.
What are floral options for couples on a tight budget? We have a whole section in our portfolio devoted to budget beautiful designs. There are lots of options for gorgeous looks that don’t break the bank. Check out our pinterest page for some of those ideas.
Thank you to STEMS for the Q&A and for sharing some of their beautiful designs!!