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Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers Original by Linda Rist Modified by Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office September 2005 Weddings One of the most interesting and challenging segments of the florist business Tradition plays a major role Weddings Modern weddings are reflecting more individuality

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Wedding Flowers

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  1. Wedding Flowers Original by Linda Rist Modified by Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office September 2005

  2. Weddings • One of the most interesting and challenging segments of the florist business • Tradition plays a major role

  3. Weddings • Modern weddings are reflecting more individuality • Couples are generally older and have a specific idea of what they want

  4. Bridal Consultations • First interview is usually the most important • It is at least three months prior to the wedding

  5. Bridal Consultations • Normally handled by the head designer or the owner/manager of the shop • An area is usually set aside for these meetings where interruptions will be minimal

  6. Bridal Consultations • May include looking at ribbon samples • Photo albums of sample wedding work

  7. Bridal Consultations • Florist must learn as much about the wedding plans as possible

  8. Bridal Consultations • Florist needs to determine what needs to be arranged • Set a budget within which to work

  9. Other stuff…. • Type of gown • Type of wedding being planned • How large is the wedding party

  10. Other stuff…. • Formal or informal? • Where will the service take place? • Time of day or evening? • Religious ceremony?

  11. Other stuff…. • Where is the reception? • How large will the reception be? • Who is paying for the flowers?

  12. Bridal Consultation • Establish the size and budget for the wedding • With this info the florist will be better able to make suggestions relative to flower choices and other decorations

  13. Wedding order form • Used for planning floral decorations • Lists the majority of items needed for the wedding

  14. Wedding order form • Has space for notes on the style and types of flowers used • Serves as a contract between the florist and the bride

  15. Wedding order form • The form is signed by the bride and the florist • This helps prevent problems in the future

  16. Wedding order form • A copy is given to the bride to serve as her reference • Itemized list of floral expenses

  17. Wedding order form • Form may categorize expenses under two columns • One for the bride and one for the groom

  18. Bouquets • Bridal and attendant • Style is preference of bride • Several factors considered in selecting style of bouquets

  19. Bouquets • Flowers should compliment the gown • Traditional gowns - traditional flowers such as roses and stephanotis

  20. Bouquets • Size of the bride and attendants • Petite women should carry a small airy cascade • Not a large, heavy cascading bouquet

  21. Bouquets • Larger women can carry larger, heavier bouquets • Most frequent styles ordered: • Arm bouquet

  22. Bouquets • Colonial nosegay • Cascading bouquet • Variations of each are made by altering the flowers used, size, density of bouquet

  23. Arm bouquets • Presentation bouquet • Carried across the forearm • Designed with natural stems remaining on the flowers • Kept fresh in a vase until wedding time

  24. Arm bouquets • Orchid tubes or water picks may also be used • Remove tubes just before the wedding • Flowers are bound together with wire

  25. Colonial Nosegay • Handheld bouquets • Constructed in a circular shape with an attached handle • Usually a plastic bouquet holder is used

  26. Colonial Nosegay • Soaked oasis or floral foam is placed in the bouquet holder • A piece of PVC pipe is used to hold the bouquet holder while designing

  27. Cascade bouquets • Held at the waist • Created by extending the colonial bouquet into a flowing garland.

  28. Cascade bouquets • Cascade may be any length from one foot to floor length • Cascade is extremely popular with brides

  29. Cascade bouquets • Hand tied - each flower wired and taped separately • Designed in same foam holders as colonial nosegays

  30. Cascade bouquets • Wire and tape the long cascade and add to a foam bouquet holder

  31. Corsages and Bouts. • Normally worn by ushers, best man, groomsmen • Parents, grandparents • Servers at the reception • Other close family members

  32. Corsages and Bouts. • Organist, minister, soloist • Minister - if they do not wear a robe • Roses and orchids are favorite for mothers and grandmothers

  33. Corsages and Bouts. • Any flower can be chosen • Usually flowers used in bridal or bridesmaids bouquets

  34. Ceremonial Decorations • Check to see if the church has a policy on the use of flowers and decorations

  35. Ceremonial Decorations • A few large, bold arrangements are more effective than several small ones

  36. Entry and Vestibule • Guest book table • Cut flower arrangements • Garlands framing doorways

  37. Aisles and Pews • Bows made of number 9 or 40 ribbon • White is the most common • Often accented with flowers and foliage

  38. Aisles and Pews • May be used on every pew • Every second or third pew

  39. Candelabra • May have flowers and foliage added • May be used in altar area or in aisles

  40. Altar • Focus attention on the center of the altar • Should be large enough to be seen by wedding guests • Large, bright flowers are most effective

  41. Altar • Single arrangement in center of altar • Triangular or fan shaped

  42. Reception Decorations • Many times arrangements used at the wedding are moved to the reception site

  43. Reception • Serving tables • Cake table • Punch table • Floating pool arrangement

  44. Rehearsal dinner • Depends on the style of dinner • Arrangements are kept low so guests can see

  45. Delivery • Florist usually stays at the wedding site until the ceremony has begun. • Pins on corsages and hands out bouquets

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