Price aside, however, she said she loves to help brides create their dream weddings.
“It’s exciting because they are so excited,” she said. “Some of the girls are so excited they are crying. That’s just really exciting to me; to make their day special.”
Even before taking the class, Santriano said that she had been using new technology to help her customers.
“Pinterest has been a big thing that’s very helpful to me,” she said. “I use that a lot. Now they can go online and help create their own dream wedding and help create their bouquets.”
The class also helped Santriano to see how good she and her co-workers have it here in Cooperstown.
“There was this one woman from Boston, she does eight weddings a weekend, all by herself,” she said. “I thought, ‘well, I have nothing to complain about then because there are three of us and we only do three weddings a weekend. It was interesting to hear about how they just drive over to the wholesaler and pick out what they want. We can’t do that because we have to go to Albany or Binghamton to get our flowers.”
At the end of the week away, Santriano said she came back full of new ideas and an increased appreciation for her job.
“Oh absolutely, I was babbling on when I got back,” she joked. “I am sure they were tired of hearing me talk about it.”
“You know, Cooperstown is just such a wonderful place to have a wedding, and we love doing them” she continued. “It is great for destination weddings, either for people who love baseball or who live in a nearby city like New York or Boston. You can do something rural like the barn wedding trend or you can go for elegance like at the Otesaga. It is a great location to get married.”