Flowers For All Occasions 101
Wedding Arrangements for the Bride and Entourage
After talking about the basics, we talked about the principles of floral design. Now, we learn how to apply them to planning arrangements for major events. Gatherings get much brighter and beautiful with a stunning selection of blooms. And we're here to help you get started on two of the most popular events decorated with flowers. In this article, we talk about wedding flowers, right from the planning step to the reception. We take you through theme selection with your customers to the delivery or pickup of their orders. We've compiled a helpful guide to planning wedding decor, no matter how grand or meticulous. Check out our next article to learn more about funeral flowers. We discuss how we can help mourning families with a tasteful arrangement or two.
Making Arrangements with the Customer
When meeting with customers, there are a handful of things every florist should determine. All florists want to provide the best possible service for every client that asks for help. For every event, there are specific details you need, specifically for a big event like a wedding. Here are a handful of things florists should know about the customer's upcoming wedding.
Theme or Motif
How does the client imagine 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 detailed vision for your proposal. Win-win for everyone!Venue
Garden weddings and outdoors ceremonies are becoming the trend nowadays. Unfortunately, getting no shade from the harsh sunlight is every florists' nightmare. Make sure to ask if tented areas are provided. This way, you can think ahead for the styles 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 lovely centerpieces and delicate corsages.
Size and Headcount
Any provider knows that big events will go to pieces without necessary details. Florists are no different. You're going to need every detail to make your customers' dream wedding become a reality. How many guests are going? What's the total number of the wedding entourage? How many are the tables, and what size? What's the size of the wedding arch? What's the timeline offered to get everything organized 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, find out the number of corsages you'll need to make for each member of the wedding entourage. Talk with your client about any designs or flowers they have in mind. Whether it's lilies, carnations, lilacs, or peonies, it's a great way to add a personal touch to each design.
The Couple's Favorite Flowers
Often, only the bride is asked about their tastes. But it never hurts to connect with both the spouses-to-be and ask what their favorite flowers are. It gives you the perfect peek into their lives together. Plus, it will help you customize each style. You can design the wedding to represent both their personalities in a beautiful, artistic way.
Budget and Timeline
Obviously, you'll need to know how much your customer's budget is. This 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. Agree on a timeline for the planning and delivery of floral arrangements. Maintain regular communication with them as well to keep them involved. This way, you make sure the flowers and designs you've chosen are up to their standards.
Read all about How to Make Floral Arrangements (Part 2) in our next article.