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Thee Wedding center

Mcallen , TX

LOCATION

718 North 10th St.
McAllen, TX 78501 US

PHONE

956-994-8995

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Cynthia Baranski, owner of Marylu’s Flowers and Gifts and Thee Wedding Center

Cynthia Baranski, founder and owner of Marylu’s Flowers and Gifts and Thee Wedding Center is... Read more
Cynthia Baranski, owner of Marylu’s Flowers and Gifts and Thee Wedding Center

Cynthia Baranski, founder and owner of Marylu’s Flowers and Gifts and Thee Wedding Center is often asked what her secret is when it comes to her stunning floral arrangements and her successful wedding consultation businesses.

According to her, from the time she was a child she had a love of beautiful things, including interior décor and floral design. That love of beautiful things was nurtured when she moved to New York as a young adult and was able to attend the many art and design museums there. Many of her ideas, even today, go back to the great works of art she studied. Once she returned to the Rio Grande, she attended every floral workshop she could and after that she studied floral design with Ralph Newell of Oklahoma University. Even then, her education was not complete, and she worked with an international award-winning designer on the West Coast, who introduced her to floral design styles and materials rarely seen here in the Valley. She still keeps in touch with him to this day. When pressed to give the identity of this designer, she jokes that this is a “trade secret”, but the certificates and diplomas found on her shop walls might lend some clues.

Her business acumen, she says, comes from her father. He was a broker for a major produce company here in the Rio Grande Valley, and would often bring home surplus produce. Cynthia would attractively package the produce and then sell it to her neighbors. She credits her dad’s early sales advice with many strategies that she still uses to provide win-win solutions to her customers today.

When it comes to floral design, Cynthia personally trains each of her associate designers in the same way she was trained. As a result they can produce any style of arrangement, from traditional, to natural, to highly innovative and contemporary. Her favorite style is Ikebana, an Asian design approach that combines exotic tropical flowers with accessories made from natural organic materials, such as decorative birds created from palm leaves.

In 1996 Cynthia took the plunge and started selling floral arrangements out of her one-bedroom apartment. In 1997 she took over a friend’s shop on Pecan and 12th in McAllen, named Marylu’s. The name Marylu’s is short for Maria Guadalupe, the virgin mother who appeared in Mexico in 1531. With its rising popularity, Marylu’s moved one more time in 2000 to its current location at the corner of Hackberry and 10th in McAllen.

Recently, the wildly successfully Thee Wedding Center was opened on the same corner. Thee Wedding Center is a full service wedding consultation center where brides and their families can access all the services they need for their wedding, including a small wedding chapel.


We just wanted to thank you for providing such beatuful flowers. They were exaclty what we wanted. Sarah My flowers were so beautiful, words cannot begin to express what a privalege it has been working with you. Thank You! Katy Thank you so much for our flower arrangements. It was like you truly knew me. Everything look so beautiful. Krystal Once again, thank you so much for our flowers they were perfect. Everyone loved them, you made my special day a perfect day! Kim Read less
Flowers , Wedding Planning

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Maira
Wedding:
3/28/2015
5.0/5.0
If you are a bride that is wanting to have a breathtaking, fairytale, wedding, , , Where your Arrangements will be Absolutely GORGGggeous , and everyone compliments you Still!!! ,, Even After your wedding,, TRUST me This is your place! Cynthia sat down with us , and instantly we were impressed with her work. She first analyses you and finds what Type of Bride YOU are and then narrows you down to what type of arrangements that are what you are looking for. This makes it very personal because she customizes your flowers and its very unique. Usually other florist try to sell you what they have or kinda pull you to like their work. This demonstrated me how well experienced she is. Shes very knowledgeable with the whole wedding process, and if you also want recommendations on other vendors, she has very good taste and directs you to other professional vendors, very helpful for a lost bride like I was. My wedding flower arrangements were absolutely stunning. I LOVED my bouquet, omg, Our table , ahh stunning, The church! oh heavenly, everything was very impressive, and delicately, decorated. Cynthia is the BEST. I know a lot of brides that have gotten their wedding decorated by Cynthia and they all speak very highly of their wedding arrangements and how they've all received high quality customer service. (and others who paid florists top dollars but have all kinds of disaster stories) I highly recommend her to every future bride, who is looking to have a wedding where everything will look exquisite, and you enjoy it because everything looks AMAZING! Thank You Cynthia! We are grateful for your beautiful work, and look forward to hiring you for our next special hopefully very soon occasion! :)
If you are a bride that is wanting to have a breathtaking, fairytale, wedding, , , Where your Arrangements will be Read more...
If you are a bride that is wanting to have a breathtaking, fairytale, wedding, , , Where your Arrangements will be Absolutely GORGGggeous , and everyone compliments you Still!!! ,, Even After your wedding,, TRUST me This is your place! Cynthia sat down with us , and instantly we were impressed with her work. She first analyses you and finds what Type of Bride YOU are and then narrows you down to what type of arrangements that are what you are looking for. This makes it very personal because she customizes your flowers and its very unique. Usually other florist try to sell you what they have or kinda pull you to like their work. This demonstrated me how well experienced she is. Shes very knowledgeable with the whole wedding process, and if you also want recommendations on other vendors, she has very good taste and directs you to other professional vendors, very helpful for a lost bride like I was. My wedding flower arrangements were absolutely stunning. I LOVED my bouquet, omg, Our table , ahh stunning, The church! oh heavenly, everything was very impressive, and delicately, decorated. Cynthia is the BEST. I know a lot of brides that have gotten their wedding decorated by Cynthia and they all speak very highly of their wedding arrangements and how they've all received high quality customer service. (and others who paid florists top dollars but have all kinds of disaster stories) I highly recommend her to every future bride, who is looking to have a wedding where everything will look exquisite, and you enjoy it because everything looks AMAZING! Thank You Cynthia! We are grateful for your beautiful work, and look forward to hiring you for our next special hopefully very soon occasion! :) Read less
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Keirsten
Wedding:
12/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Cynthia was incredibly nice. Loved working with her.
Cynthia was incredibly nice. Loved working with her.
Cynthia was incredibly nice. Loved working with her. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We had a very good service it was very professional. We enjoy working with our florist, we loved our flower arrangements our wedding venue look beautiful.
We had a very good service it was very professional. We enjoy working with our florist, we loved our flower arrangements Read more...
We had a very good service it was very professional. We enjoy working with our florist, we loved our flower arrangements our wedding venue look beautiful. Read less
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Nancy
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
I loved absolutely EVERYTHING that I order from Cynthia. The customer service was without a doubt the best, she looks out for her customers and takes very good care of them. She is patient, professional and caring. I showed her a picture of what I wanted for my flower bouquet and it was even prettier than the one I showed her. I was absolutely in love with it, I wish I could keep it forever. I also ordered from her flowers for the church which were beautiful as well as boutonieres for my husband, parents and groomsman. I recommend her service to everyone 100% I was an extremely picky bride and loved her service and flower arrangements.
I loved absolutely EVERYTHING that I order from Cynthia. The customer service was without a doubt the best, she looks out Read more...
I loved absolutely EVERYTHING that I order from Cynthia. The customer service was without a doubt the best, she looks out for her customers and takes very good care of them. She is patient, professional and caring. I showed her a picture of what I wanted for my flower bouquet and it was even prettier than the one I showed her. I was absolutely in love with it, I wish I could keep it forever. I also ordered from her flowers for the church which were beautiful as well as boutonieres for my husband, parents and groomsman. I recommend her service to everyone 100% I was an extremely picky bride and loved her service and flower arrangements. Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
It took me a while to find a place to get my wedding bouquet and boutonniers for my now husband and the rest of wedding party, because I am very particular , but when I found thee wedding center I felt welcomed and I knew that I was going to get a good quality on my flowers and that what I was paying for was very worth it, they did the decoration for the church as well and I receives many complimenta, i am really happy with everything and I highly recommend to all the brides looking for a unique and beautiful bouquet/flowers!
It took me a while to find a place to get my wedding bouquet and boutonniers for my now husband and the rest of wedding Read more...
It took me a while to find a place to get my wedding bouquet and boutonniers for my now husband and the rest of wedding party, because I am very particular , but when I found thee wedding center I felt welcomed and I knew that I was going to get a good quality on my flowers and that what I was paying for was very worth it, they did the decoration for the church as well and I receives many complimenta, i am really happy with everything and I highly recommend to all the brides looking for a unique and beautiful bouquet/flowers! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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Daniella
Wedding:
12/7/2013
5.0/5.0
My weddings flowers were good quality, they were fresh and beautiful, Exactly want I wanted! The service was beyond this world she knew what I wanted the moment I walked in.
My weddings flowers were good quality, they were fresh and beautiful, Exactly want I wanted! The service was beyond this Read more...
My weddings flowers were good quality, they were fresh and beautiful, Exactly want I wanted! The service was beyond this world she knew what I wanted the moment I walked in. Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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Private User
Wedding:
11/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Cynthia at the wedding center is amazing! I walked into The Wedding Center under 2 weeks before my wedding and Cynthia heard my idea of my perfect wedding, envisioned it and delivered it. She became my wedding coordinator! I rate Cynthia and her team above 5 stars on all the following: accessibility- she was available and responded my calls at all times; quick and detailed - she delivered on time and I noticed the emphasis she put on the details such as perfect placement and combination of flowers and ribbons; high quality - the arrangements and additional decor was professional and high class, not cheap. Among my favorites works she did for my day were: beautiful large white flower combination centerpieces; 6 feet vases with white, ivory flowers and greenery over pouring the vases as the decor for bride and groom table, and romantic sensual candlelit throughout. It was magical.
Cynthia at the wedding center is amazing! I walked into The Wedding Center under 2 weeks before my wedding and Cynthia Read more...
Cynthia at the wedding center is amazing! I walked into The Wedding Center under 2 weeks before my wedding and Cynthia heard my idea of my perfect wedding, envisioned it and delivered it. She became my wedding coordinator! I rate Cynthia and her team above 5 stars on all the following: accessibility- she was available and responded my calls at all times; quick and detailed - she delivered on time and I noticed the emphasis she put on the details such as perfect placement and combination of flowers and ribbons; high quality - the arrangements and additional decor was professional and high class, not cheap. Among my favorites works she did for my day were: beautiful large white flower combination centerpieces; 6 feet vases with white, ivory flowers and greenery over pouring the vases as the decor for bride and groom table, and romantic sensual candlelit throughout. It was magical. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Lynette
Wedding:
11/15/2013
5.0/5.0
OMG! Cynthia was the best florist always willing to give more than what I asked for she did my Bridal Shower arrangments and on my wedding day did my flowers for the church and my bouquet as well as other bouquets for my maid of honor.I LOVED everything she did I was very satisfied with her job and totally recommend her!!! She is also a great person willing to work with you :) Couldnt be happier with her work thank God I found her :) Def will call her for future planning baby shower is next I hope lol :D
OMG! Cynthia was the best florist always willing to give more than what I asked for she did my Bridal Shower arrangments Read more...
OMG! Cynthia was the best florist always willing to give more than what I asked for she did my Bridal Shower arrangments and on my wedding day did my flowers for the church and my bouquet as well as other bouquets for my maid of honor.I LOVED everything she did I was very satisfied with her job and totally recommend her!!! She is also a great person willing to work with you :) Couldnt be happier with her work thank God I found her :) Def will call her for future planning baby shower is next I hope lol :D Read less
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Debbie
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
From the moment I first stepped foot in the door of thee wedding center Cynthia offered me her undivided attention. She went above & beyond to please us & make it an enjoyable experience without feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. Her confidence in her talent blew me away & eased my nerves. I cant wait to use her team again! Thank you so much for fairytale wedding!
From the moment I first stepped foot in the door of thee wedding center Cynthia offered me her undivided attention. She Read more...
From the moment I first stepped foot in the door of thee wedding center Cynthia offered me her undivided attention. She went above & beyond to please us & make it an enjoyable experience without feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. Her confidence in her talent blew me away & eased my nerves. I cant wait to use her team again! Thank you so much for fairytale wedding! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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marsha
Wedding:
9/21/2013
4.7/5.0
Beautiful flowers and beautiful decorations.
Beautiful flowers and beautiful decorations.
Beautiful flowers and beautiful decorations. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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