Flowers For All Occasions 101
Wedding Arrangements for the Bride and Entourage
After talking about the basics, we went over the principles of floral design. And now, we learn how to apply them to planning arrangements for huge events. Gatherings get much brighter and beautiful with a stunning selection of flowers. And we're here to help you get started on two of the most common events decorated with flowers. For this article, we talk about wedding flowers, right from the planning phase to the reception. We take you through theme selection with your customers to the delivery or pickup of their orders. We've created a helpful guide to planning wedding decor, no matter how grand or meticulous. Read through our next article to learn about funeral flowers. We talk about how we can help mourning families with a tasteful arrangement or two.
Making Arrangements with the Client
When meeting with clients, there are a some things every florist should know. All florists want to provide the best possible service for every client that asks for help. For every event, there are certain details you need, particularly for a big event like a wedding. Here are a some things florists should know about the client's upcoming wedding.
Theme or Motif
How does the client picture her wedding? They've dreamed of this their whole life, so make sure to get as much details as possible. Of course, if they happen to have an inspiration or mood board for their wedding, all the better. You'll have a more specific vision for your proposal. Win-win for everyone!
Garden weddings and outdoors ceremonies are becoming the trend these days. Unfortunately, getting no cover from the harsh sunlight is every florists' horror story. Make sure to ask if tented areas are available. This way, you can think ahead for the designs of your arrangements. Plus, you'll get to keep everything from drying out and wilting too fast. After all, it's not just flowers on display. You put your creativity on display with the delicate corsages and lovely centerpieces.
Size and Headcount
Any provider knows that big events will fall apart without important details. Florists are no exception. You're going to need every detail to make your customers' dream wedding happen. How many guests are going? What's the total number of the wedding party? How many are the tables, and what size? What's the size of the wedding arch? What's the timeline provided to get everything ready before the wedding? How much time do we have to set up in the venue? Everything is important.
Flowers for the Wedding Party/ Entourage
First off, find out the number of corsages you'll need to create for each member of the wedding party. Talk with your customer about any flowers or designs they have in mind. Whether it's lilies, carnations, lilacs, or peonies, it's a good way to add a personal touch to each design.
The Couple's Favorite Flowers
Usually, only the bride is asked about their tastes. But it never hurts to connect with both the spouses-to-be and find out what their favorite blooms are. It gives you the perfect glimpse into their lives together. Plus, it will help you customize each design. You can design the wedding to show both their personalities in a lovely, artistic way.
Budget and Timeline
Naturally, you'll want to know how much your customer's budget is. That way, you can pick out the best flowers for their motif. You'll also get to pick the best arrangements for efficiency, quality, and aesthetic. Settle a timeline for the prep work and delivery of floral arrangements. Keep regular communication with them as well to keep them involved. That way, you make sure the flowers and designs you've picked are up to their standards.
Read all about How to Make Floral Arrangements (Part 2) in our next article.