Thee Wedding center
The customer service by the owner was poor and awful. Over priced flowers! Misleading contract and rude when it came down to getting her last penny. The wedding coordinating service was crap I planned my own wedding. Day of my wedding the florist conveniently forgot my petals for my flower girl after .I had reminded her during the week, her response was that it wasn't in the contract. She did do a great job with my arrangements but the process of dealing with this company was terrible.
I went to have a consultation with this place because I was refered to them via my venue. It was acutally the division of this center called Marylu's flowers. I met with Cynthia. At first she was very nice and kept telling me how excited she was for my wedding. I felt though, that she was not understanding the type of arrangement I wanted. I did not feel as though she was on board with the eclectic modern vision I had. I also understood that she was not willing to give me too much quality for the budget I was working with. At the end, I mentioned I wanted to visit another florist before making a decision. She did not take this well and acted very unprofessional after that. It felt like she totally snapped. She said many negative things about this second florist I was planning to visit. The whole time I was completely speechless. She then proceeded to take the small flower bunches she had brought out to show me and walkaway in a rude manner. I had to see myself out of her store. Afterwards, it was revealed to me that she called my wedding venue to curse out my planner. I guess my advice is to not let her know that you are shopping around because she is not gonna have it and she might lose her cool. I decided not to go with her after all because I did not want her to lose it on my actual wedding day. I would not want to have to put up with that kind of stress on top of everything else.
Cynthia was absolutely wonderful throughout the planning process and during the day of even though we ran into some snags along the way she did her best to try and fix them before the event started !!
My wedding flowers were everything I hoped for and more. They were gorgeous!!!!! I didn't have to worry about a thing :). Thanks soon much!!
I had a wonderful experience with The Wedding Center. Everyone loved the arrangements and everything was what I had envisioned for my special day. Thank you so much Wedding Center!
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