Wedding Arrangements for the Bride and Entourage
After discussing the basics, we talked about the principles of floral design. Today, we learn how to apply them to organizing arrangements for big events. Celebrations get much brighter and lovely with a fabulous selection of blooms. And we're here to help you get started on two of the most common events decorated with flowers.
For this article, we discuss 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 created a helpful guide to planning wedding decor, no matter how grand or meticulous. Read through 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 Client
When meeting with clients, there are a couple of things every florist should find out. All florists want to bring the best possible service for every client that asks for help. For every event, there are certain details you need, especially for a major event like a wedding.
Here are a handful of things florists should know about the client's upcoming wedding.
Theme or Motif
How does the client envision her wedding? They've dreamed of this their whole life, so make sure to get as much specifics as possible. Of course, if they happen to offer an inspiration or mood board for their wedding, all the better. You'll have a more precise vision for your proposal. Win-win for everyone!
Garden weddings and outdoors events are becoming the trend these days. Unfortunately, getting no cover from the harsh sunlight is every florists' nightmare. Make sure to ask if tented areas are available. This way, you can plan 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 professional knows that big events will go to pieces without crucial details. Florists are no different. You're going to need every detail to make your clients' dream wedding come true. How many guests are attending? 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 given to get everything prepared before the wedding? How much time do we have to prepare in the venue? Everything is important.
Flowers for the Wedding Party/ Entourage
Figure out the number of corsages you'll need to craft for each member of the wedding party. Talk with your customer about any flowers or designs they want. Whether it's lilies, peonies, lilacs, or carnations, it's a great way to add a personal touch to each design.
The Couple's Favorite Flowers
Usually, only the bride is asked about their preferences. But it never hurts to connect with both spouses-to-be and ask them what their favorite blooms are. It gives you the perfect glimpse into their lives together. Plus, it will help you tailor-make each style. You can design the wedding to express both their personalities in a beautiful, artistic way.
Budget and Timeline
Needless to say, you'll want to know how much your client's budget is. That way, you can select the best flowers for their motif. You'll also get to choose the best arrangements for efficiency, quality, and aesthetic. Settle on a timeline for the preparation and delivery of floral arrangements. Maintain regular communication with them as well to keep them involved. That way, you make sure the designs and flowers you've selected are up to their standards.
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