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WHAT IS A DESIGN BLUEPRINT?

a blueprint is ultimately just a design plan, almost like an encyclopedia. and it's crafted to your vision. for weddings and events, it includes photoshopped mockups, images, descriptions, instructions, resources and so much more for EVERY. SINGLE. DETAIL. from rentals to floor plans, florals to tablescapes, we got it all covered so you and other vendors know what’s going on…while ensuring that everything remains cohesive. for other creative projects and interiors, it's a pretty similar concept but we show a few different options on how elements might look together.

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SO WHAT'S THIS WHOLE EVENT DESIGN THING ABOUT? ARE YOU A PLANNER? AND WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DESIGN AND STYLING?

mStarr is not a traditional planning studio when it comes to weddings and larger events. we found our niche in creative direction and bringing the event to life. we focus on the decor, the details, the styling. we're creating the aisle rather than getting you down it. we leave the extensive logistics to those who handle them best, and after several years in business, we’ve found that it works best for everyone when we actually work WITH a planner or coordinator to make sure all bases are covered leading up to, and throughout, the big day. what we do offer is month of coordination wrapping up select logistical details {timing among them} with all vendors and your families.

as your designers, we oversee the aesthetic and details of the day, honing in on and streamlining your vision. as your stylists, we bring those details and that vision to life the day of. we spend dedicated time to making sure the tablescapes are set per the design blueprint, all accents are laid just right, and all displays look their best. we then work with the photographer to make sure everything is captured perfectly.

when we take on smaller-scale events like parties or showers, we are happy to offer complete coordination services in addition to our design offerings.

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ARE YOU ON-SITE FOR THE DURATION OF MY WEDDING OR EVENT?

it depends, but in general, unless there's a display that needs to be set up once things get started, the mStarr design team will have left by the time the actual event starts, having turned things over to the mStarr logistics coordinator or hired planner, venue coordinator and/or caterer. our day begins early in the morning {if not a day or two before} and set-up is generally completed as guests arrive.

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WHO ARE YOUR TYPICAL CLIENTS?

our clients are a mix of creatives, doctors, lawyers, even chefs! and they all have one thing in common: they care about WOW-ing their guests and ultimately themselves. think...out-of-the-box creativity, unique venues, personal details, and accommodating vendors. with weddings, many of our clients and their guests are traveling and we aim to make the celebration as pleasurable and seamless as possible for them!

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I'M A HANDS-ON BRIDE...IS THAT A PROBLEM?

nope. we are used to working with a variety of clients, and we're truly as hands-on as you want us to be. at the very least, we're by your side, gathering all the various ideas {yours or ours}, making sure everyone is doing what they should be doing, and making sure it all comes together cohesively and beautifully. we look at the big picture and make sure things stay on track...both conceptually and with any projects we all may be working on. 

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WHERE YOU DO FIND INSPIRATION?

we see beauty and inspiration pretty much everywhere {no seriously} but some fave resources are listed over on the blog. check ‘em out!

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DOES MSTARR TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF NEW ENGLAND?

absolutely! we're big fans of taking trips near or far {hawaii and jackson hole are highlights}, and love weaving cultural + location-based details into our events. tell us where you're thinking and we'll go on an adventure together. 

WHAT IS E-DESIGN?

our design services are offered virtually, rather than in person. the process is similar in terms of curating applicable vendors, services and products but rather than be on-site to execute an event or project, we turn over the design blueprint for you and/or your other vendors to see everything through. an e-design option may be appropriate for clients who don't live in new england or those who have a more limited budget. 

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WHAT'S INTERIOR STYLING?

so we are not interior designers...our version of interior styling is taking an existing space and revamping it. we're really excited to offer these services on a small-scale {one room, one area in a room} or large-scale basis {multiple rooms, outdoors}. sometimes you just can't figure out next steps for a space and we're here to help you figure them out, whether that's determining what you already have that can work to suggesting new ideas.

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WHY DO YOU HAVE AN EVENT MINIMUM REQUIREMENT?

we've been doing this for awhile. we know the time and labor required to conceptualize and produce a beautiful yet functional design. we may not be "planners" but there are many {many} logistics we need to understand and factor into our work, and that has come with years of experience, and learning from any past mistakes. for instance, we can't recommend only pretty items for your tablescapes...we have to know what the menu looks like so you have the right amount of flatware and china options. are you having a champagne toast? you need a flute on the table. do you want a menu card and/or placesetting accent? it's important we let the caterer know that the first course can't be pre-plated and should be served after guests sit down. 

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HOW DO YOU APPROACH DESIGN FEES AND MATERIALS?

in a nutshell, we conceptualize the ideas {with your input of course}, decide on the best provider and/or materials to execute them, and you'll pay the vendors directly or provide the money {typically via a credit card} for us to buy the materials. we encourage you to think about the overall design budget in two pools of money...one for our services, labor and travel fees {if applicable}, and the second for materials. we include the fees for our services in the initial proposal and after we get a little more info and brainstorm ideas, we're able to give a better sense of materials costs. of course if you have a number in mind, we can certainly offer suggestions for staying within budget. while not our most favorite job, it's important we educate and will always provide general ranges for what things may realistically cost. it’s no surprise that these events and projects are expensive so we try to be up front and honest about what things really do and can cost. 

we also want to be honest about budget and whether you can afford our services, and then the materials needed to make things great. we don’t need an unlimited budget by any means but also know there are other things to spend wedding budget on! 

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CAN WE HIRE YOU AFTER WE SECURE A VENUE?

the short answer is yes. the longer answer is that it’s really beneficial when we’re involved in the venue search. many traditional venues still don’t allow for an all-day or multi-day setup, or they charge you an arm and a leg to do so. and an all-day or multi-day setup is what we need to achieve the type of design we’re known for. we’re just not built for a 2-hour setup, and we really specialize in {and love!} non-traditional venues {think fields, barns, ranches, lofts etc.} 

sometimes clients come to us with venues that we know and adore and that are flexible in working with us. however, if a venue isn’t going to be flexible or accommodating, it’s our job to tell you it like it is. we wouldn’t want you to get your hopes up and not be able to design something as fabulous as you deserve!

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DO YOU PREFER WORKING WITH SPECIFIC PROVIDERS?

we are absolutely open to working with any providers, but we do end up working often with certain ones. why? because when we collaborate with those we share an aesthetic + approach with, we bring out the best in each other. and it truly benefits you.