Madawaska woman uses accreditation to expand business
MADAWASKA – When Tina Boucher’s friend asked her to help with her wedding about ten years ago, Boucher never expected that the favor would turn into something more, but that’s exactly what happened. Now, the owner of Interior Accents in Madawaska is earning new credentials and expanding her business and the future’s looking bright for weddings and events in the St. John Valley and beyond.
“I bought a few things from a florist going out of business,” said Boucher of how she started in the wedding decorating business helping a friend. “I liked it and just kept on going. Now I am doing something that I love and working with people in their happiest moments.”
Boucher, who also has a degree in interior decorating, always had a flair for design. When she was a kid, Boucher loved changing her room around, moving furniture, and working with colors. She carried that passion with her into adulthood. Four years ago, Boucher’s wedding decorating business really began to take off. Now she averages between 20 and 23 weddings per season in addition to her full-time job at Ameublement Brandsource Rice, a furniture store in Edmundston, which Boucher says has been generous in allowing her to continue her side business schedule.
She runs Interior Accents out of her home with the support of her husband, who sacrificed his garage for Boucher to use as her office. Her four children, Samantha, 13, Emily, 12, Valerie, 8, and Christopher, 6 are also busy. They all pitch in to help, says Boucher. Her husband helps with the decorating, her older two girls assist Boucher as a summer job, and even her youngest children help out with folding linens and putting everything back into storage when she dismantles an event.
The basis of Boucher’s business is simple; she handles all aspects of decorating for weddings, freeing the bride and groom to concentrate on their future together rather than the particulars of decorating the church or reception hall. Boucher says she will decorate for any event, however, including holiday parties, reunions, anniversaries, and even proms. She’ll also coordinate the entire event beyond the decorations if requested.
“We set it up. We take it down. It’s stress free,” said Boucher.
An important part of Boucher’s service includes supplying all of the decorations, from table and chair linens and sashes, to wall drapes, columns, backdrops, flowers, and centerpieces. She has decorations available in a variety of themes and colors and even offers silk or fresh flower arrangements for centerpieces or bridesmaid bouquets. Boucher said she can work with every budget and that she enjoys trying new themes.
“There’s always new inventory,” she said. Her favorite wedding that she has decorated so far was a beach wedding, but she said she loves playing with colors.
“I did a white on white wedding that was beautiful,” she said. “They’re all special because they’re all different. I can really make it their own.”
During the last week of March, Boucher attended a special week-long training in Boston to earn accreditation as a wedding and event designer. The hands-on class introduced her to the latest color schemes and taught her decorating tricks. Armed with the new certification, Boucher is looking to expand her business and offer more to her clients.
“I want to expand into Presque Isle and Caribou,” said Boucher, adding that she was willing to travel statewide.
In her quest to provide her clients a stress-free service, something new she is offering this year is payment plans. Interested individuals can find Interior Accents on Facebook, or can contact Boucher at 728-3142 or 436-3142 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Boucher said that she still has a few openings for 2012, and that she is already booking for 2013.
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