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Vancity Vendor – Nichè Event Stylists

January 20th, 2012 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Nichè Event Stylists

This week’s Vancity Vendor is a one-stop wedding shop. Nichè Event Stylists is a full service event design company specializing in decor rental, coordination, planning, florals and stationery. Principal planner, Maria Schollen, has been in the event industry for over 5 years. Large scale productions were her specialty until recently when she started to focus on social events and weddings. Maria provides packages and a la carte services to fit every couple’s needs.

Maria’s rental inventory is constantly changing. Have a look at her website to see some of the items she has but don’t hesitate to ask if you don’t find what you’re looking for. Maria says she has access to over 100 colours of linens, different kinds of chair covers, props, and glassware for centerpieces. Couples can order wedding invitations from her as well. She recently added a line from Envelopments. Matching save the dates, invitations, reply cards, programs, menus, favor boxes and miscellaneous signage can be ordered from her.

Nichè Event Stylists’ day of coordination fees start at $500 and include two 1-hour consultations prior to the wedding. Full planning packages start at $2,500. See her website for details on what’s included in the package. She does come out with promotions every once in a while. To find out, check her blog, sign up for her newsletter or like their Facebook page. She’s also on Twitter if you’d like to keep up with her tweets! Keep an eye out in Maple Ridge, you may see a Niche Event Stylists boutique open up in a couple years. That will allow clients to view her inventory and designs in one place!

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A Few Words With Maria…

How do you accommodate brides with lower budgets?
“We work with brides with all ranges of budgets.  Every couple has a different expectation of what they want for their wedding to be and what services they would require of us.   Brides with a lower budget tend to think that they need to do more DIY in order to achieve their targeted budget, but that is not always the case. By meeting with a wedding coordinator and designer, we have the expertise to work with our clients to help them meet their budgets by assisting them in delegating their funds towards the certain items to achieve their desired wedding. We have great relationships with most vendors that usually offer us a discount. The bride & groom might not see these discounts because they are a onetime client. We pass these savings onto our clients with no markups. The bride & groom may also save by hiring us for more than one service. We can then offer package pricing on the multiple services that we offer.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“I believe that it is our concierge service that makes us stand out from other event design & planning companies.  We will go that extra mile to make sure our client’s wedding day is perfect. Each couple is not just another wedding to us, we want to get to know them and be a part of their special day.  There are many times that we help with items that we weren’t actually hired to do because they just needed to be done in order for the wedding to be flawless.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“I love working with the bride, groom and their families to bring their wedding day vision to life.  There is nothing better than hearing from the bride & groom that everything is exactly how then envisioned it would be and they wouldn’t do anything different if they had to do it all over again. Plus, I have the best job – I get to wake up every day and create something beautiful.”

Where do you draw inspiration from when it comes to décor?
“I usually come up with the inspiration after my initial consultation with my clients.  They may show me something they like such as a color swatch, a favorite flower, the reception venue or even a photo of the brides dress.  Then we work together to come up with a theme that will work well within the venue and that will create their desired vision.  I am always on the search for the latest trends in the industry and travel to wedding/event conferences 2 -3 times a year to learn the newest techniques in event design and production.”

How do you handle unforeseen problems on the wedding day? Can you give an example of a problem that you solved on the spot?
“Well, if I have done my job right there shouldn’t be any problems.  That is why you hire a wedding coordinator so you not to have to worry about the little things that might go astray.  Unfortunately, little mishaps usually do happen and it is my job to fix them before they become noticeable. As a coordinator and decorator, we always have back up plans for every situation including outdoor weddings.  I have not had any serious problems at any of my weddings yet, with the exception of not being able to find brides when it is time to deliver them their flowers.  So, after going through their entire family contact list, we are usually able to track them down and make sure that they have their flowers before going to the ceremony.”

Some people think wedding planning and coordination is an extra expense, what are your thoughts on that?
“For some people it may be an added expense, for many others a wedding planner is essential.  Just be aware that on your wedding day you do not want to be on the phone or behind the scenes trying to fix any problems that might occur. You also want your friends and family to enjoy your special day, not running around fixing things for you. A wedding planner’s job is to make sure you and your guest’s day is as perfect and relaxing as possible.  If the bride and groom don’t feel that that they need the full wedding coordination package, they may opt to hire a wedding coordinator for the day of wedding. This way they can relax knowing that all the details or little hiccups are being taken care of so they can enjoy their special day to the fullest.”

What kind of venue is your favourite to decorate and why?
“Every venue has its own unique challenges and attributes. My job is to highlight all the attributes and minimize the challenges. If I was to pick a venue that I would like to decorate, it would be an outdoor wedding at vineyard. There is so much natural décor that there is very little extra décor needed to make it appear timeless and elegant. Some beautiful linens, some great chairs, minimal centerpieces, (lots of candles) and lots of mood lighting.”

If you had to plan a wedding in 3 months, how would you tackle that? Any advice for brides in that situation?
“I would sit down with the Bride & Groom and start at the beginning. Just like if we had a year to plan. Go through the lists and start crossing things off.  First would be the date, then the venue and catering if needed. Hire your marriage commissioner or other wedding officiate, then photographer, videographer and  DJ before they are booked.  Make sure that everyone has ordered their outfits for the wedding. Send out your invitations. Then start on the small stuff. If you have only 3 months to plan, it is a good idea to get a venue that supplies a lot of items such as the food & beverage, linens, sound system and even sometimes the cake.  It will all come together but be prepared to be flexible because you may not be able to get your first choice when it comes to many vendors.”

What is the easiest way to transform a room and why?
“I find the easiest way to transform a room would be have nice linens and chair covers.  If the venue provides white floor length linens and napkins, then by adding a couple of nice table runners or an overlay in a complimentary color will help really dress up a room.  If the chairs are adequate or if you can use the white wedding chairs inside the venue, you can always save money by just putting on a colorful chair tie in a unique way to add a little bit of a punch.  It will really depend on the venue, sometimes you need a backdrop behind the headtable inorder to enhance the space but it can be very simple with some up- lighting. Clear vases with floating candles are an inexpensive centerpiece and help add some ambiance.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“Trust your intuition.   You have made your decisions about your wedding for a reason.  Just because your friend did something different from you at her wedding doesn’t mean that you have to do it the same way. Every couple is different and there is no right or wrong when it comes to planning your wedding. Relax and enjoy…”

To contact Maria, visit her website.
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Photos provided by Nichè Event Stylists
Some photos courtesy Spark Photography & Rhonda Eden
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