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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

Original by Linda Rist

Modified by Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office

September 2005


  • One of the most interesting and challenging segments of the florist business

  • Tradition plays a major role


  • Modern weddings are reflecting more individuality

  • Couples are generally older and have a specific idea of what they want

Bridal Consultations

  • First interview is usually the most important

  • It is at least three months prior to the wedding

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

Bridal Consultations

  • May include looking at ribbon samples

  • Photo albums of sample wedding work

Bridal Consultations

  • Florist must learn as much about the wedding plans as possible

Bridal Consultations

  • Florist needs to determine what needs to be arranged

  • Set a budget within which to work

Other stuff….

  • Type of gown

  • Type of wedding being planned

  • How large is the wedding party

Other stuff….

  • Formal or informal?

  • Where will the service take place?

  • Time of day or evening?

  • Religious ceremony?

Other stuff….

  • Where is the reception?

  • How large will the reception be?

  • Who is paying for the flowers?

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

Wedding order form

  • Used for planning floral decorations

  • Lists the majority of items needed for the wedding

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

Wedding order form

  • The form is signed by the bride and the florist

  • This helps prevent problems in the future

Wedding order form

  • A copy is given to the bride to serve as her reference

  • Itemized list of floral expenses

Wedding order form

  • Form may categorize expenses under two columns

  • One for the bride and one for the groom


  • Bridal and attendant

  • Style is preference of bride

  • Several factors considered in selecting style of bouquets


  • Flowers should compliment the gown

  • Traditional gowns - traditional flowers such as roses and stephanotis


  • Size of the bride and attendants

  • Petite women should carry a small airy cascade

  • Not a large, heavy cascading bouquet


  • Larger women can carry larger, heavier bouquets

  • Most frequent styles ordered:

    • Arm bouquet


  • Colonial nosegay

  • Cascading bouquet

  • Variations of each are made by altering the flowers used, size, density of bouquet

Arm bouquets

  • Presentation bouquet

  • Carried across the forearm

  • Designed with natural stems remaining on the flowers

  • Kept fresh in a vase until wedding time

Arm bouquets

  • Orchid tubes or water picks may also be used

  • Remove tubes just before the wedding

  • Flowers are bound together with wire

Colonial Nosegay

  • Handheld bouquets

  • Constructed in a circular shape with an attached handle

  • Usually a plastic bouquet holder is used

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

Cascade bouquets

  • Held at the waist

  • Created by extending the colonial bouquet into a flowing garland.

Cascade bouquets

  • Cascade may be any length from one foot to floor length

  • Cascade is extremely popular with brides

Cascade bouquets

  • Hand tied - each flower wired and taped separately

  • Designed in same foam holders as colonial nosegays

Cascade bouquets

  • Wire and tape the long cascade and add to a foam bouquet holder

Corsages and Bouts.

  • Normally worn by ushers, best man, groomsmen

  • Parents, grandparents

  • Servers at the reception

  • Other close family members

Corsages and Bouts.

  • Organist, minister, soloist

  • Minister - if they do not wear a robe

  • Roses and orchids are favorite for mothers and grandmothers

Corsages and Bouts.

  • Any flower can be chosen

  • Usually flowers used in bridal or bridesmaids bouquets

Ceremonial Decorations

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

Ceremonial Decorations

  • A few large, bold arrangements are more effective than several small ones

Entry and Vestibule

  • Guest book table

  • Cut flower arrangements

  • Garlands framing doorways

Aisles and Pews

  • Bows made of number 9 or 40 ribbon

  • White is the most common

  • Often accented with flowers and foliage

Aisles and Pews

  • May be used on every pew

  • Every second or third pew


  • May have flowers and foliage added

  • May be used in altar area or in aisles


  • Focus attention on the center of the altar

  • Should be large enough to be seen by wedding guests

  • Large, bright flowers are most effective


  • Single arrangement in center of altar

  • Triangular or fan shaped

Reception Decorations

  • Many times arrangements used at the wedding are moved to the reception site


  • Serving tables

  • Cake table

  • Punch table

  • Floating pool arrangement

Rehearsal dinner

  • Depends on the style of dinner

  • Arrangements are kept low so guests can see


  • Florist usually stays at the wedding site until the ceremony has begun.

  • Pins on corsages and hands out bouquets

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