An Interview with the owner, Chris!
Chris, what services do you offer?
We are a freelance, boutique style, Niagara wedding and event decorating business and we decorate halls, homes, tents and ceremony sites as well as design bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres and centerpieces in both fresh or artificial. Over the years, we have done many weddings and other events at a variety of venues including Niagara Falls' hotels, Niagara wineries, private homes and backyards, as well as ethnic halls located in the Niagara Peninsula.
We can add a few simple things to bring out the best in a venue that is already fabulous or we can take a tired, bland room and do our magic for a complete transformation. Visit our Before & After on the website to get an idea of some of the possibilities! You can also check out some of my floral designs in the Gallery . Bring me a picture of something you love, or we can marry your ideas and my creative flair to create something just for you!
How long have you been doing this and how did you become a wedding decorator and florist? And your business name – it doesn’t really reflect what you do?
Twelve years ago, Stuff was originally created for another line of business – the transformation of old stuff into new stuff in the form of home décor items – which is how we came up with the name “Stuff”! Not long after, I was asked to add some creative details to an event, which led to another, and the rest is, as they say, history! And because I love flowers, I enrolled in the floral design program at Niagara College here in the Niagara Peninsula and completed it in 2004. And because I also love creativity in any shape, form or fashion, moving from reinventing stuff to staging weddings and other events was a simple and natural transition. And because we still use all sorts of stuff to bring your wedding vision to light, I decided to keep the name. It’s easy, quirky, straightforward and casual, yes – and I think it reflects perfectly what I stand for and everything I strive to do.
How expensive is this? I am not sure we can afford this.
The answer here is, “You cannot afford not to hire us”! The day before your wedding should be spent pampering yourself, attending to last minute personal details and spending time with family and your best friends; not worrying about whether the linens will arrive on time, decorating a headtable, or even making your own bouquets or centrepieces. And what happens if your venue books a function the night before your wedding. That is a lot of last minute stress to put on yourself as well as friends and family! So make an investment in your time and one of the most important days of your life - your priority that day is to look drop-dead gorgeous, and the best way to achieve that is with rest, relaxation and reduced stress!
How do you charge?
With respect to décor, we have taken our most common requests and tailored them into 3 wedding decor packages to simplify things for you as well as to give you the best price. Keep in mind that our packages are flexible – you can exchange items of equal value. We also have a large selection of items a la carte. Please check out our packages under Decor Packages and Services.
Flowers and centerpieces are priced individually – you have many things to consider here. Are you looking to rent centerpieces or do you need centerpieces to give away? Are you looking for tall centerpieces for that added wow factor or are you looking for low centerpieces because you have your guests' total comfort in mind? High end flowers vs everyday flowers? All this will affect the end price.
What sets you apart from other wedding decorators and florists?
I don’t know that this sets me apart from others but I love transforming spaces - I eat, sleep and breathe weddings! What we are not, is a cookie cutter operation. What we are, is very focused on you and what you want. I welcome you into my home studio like family and I treat your wants and needs as I would a family member. In addition to 10 years of floral and wedding décor design experience, I offer friendliness and an open mind. I am not stuffy – so I am often told by my clients! I am also told that I over deliver. We create a lot of our own props so they are unique. When doing your fresh florals, I find ways to use every last flower you have paid for and because all florals are done by me personally, I find ways to tie in small details so that you have a connection between your headtable décor, accent pieces, centerpieces and bouquets. The phrase I like to use is I make all elements "talk to each other". I love detail!
What moment stands out to you most in your wedding work?
That’s easy - I love the part when I drop off the bouquets and the bride is there to receive them or if I am lucky enough to be at the venue when the bride sees it for the first time. I love seeing her face light up –there are tears, too– happy tears, that is!!
Who do you work best with? What is expected of me as a client?
I love a bride who comes with ideas but who also comes with an open mind, so that together, we can build her vision. It’s important to me that I capture her design style. What I also welcome in a bride, is her approval to give me creative freedom on the day of to “change it up” as I feel is needed.
The wedding you and I design does not happen in a first meeting. Planning is a process - it may take you a little time before you find the one item that everything else bounces off of and which sets your theme. Our first meeting is just to see how we connect and if we think we would like to work with each other.
Can you work with other vendors?
Absolutely- I consider myself to be a team player. And, if you still need to book other vendors, we also have some great vendors that we work with who may be a great match for your needs.
But I live out of the country and won't be home until a week before the wedding. Can we plan an event like this?
Again, absolutely! In the 10 years I have been doing this, I have had many weddings with brides who live as far away as Australia and whom I have not met until the morning of the wedding! So distance is not a problem. Email is a godsend and a picture is worth a thousand words!
How do you accept payment?
I accept payment by cheque, cash or e-mail transfer. I require a non-refundable retainer fee of $200 which is applied to your invoice. I ask for the balance 10 days before the event. In addition, for events with glassware rentals, I ask for a $150.00 security deposit by cheque, which is returned to you provided all rentals come back in the same shape they were received.
This sounds good. What happens next?
The best place to start is with a complimentary consultation! Email me at or call 905-359-1799 to set up a time. I usually take appointments on weekday evenings at either 5:15 or 7:00 and weekend days depending on availability. I am very flexible and will accommodate your schedule as best I can!
We’ll determine what package is best for your needs or maybe you need items a la carte. All brides are different. I know that is so cliché, but oh so true!