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  1. Wedding Flowers

  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. Wedding Info Average Cost of a Wedding in the US $20,000- $25,000 Average Cost of a Wedding in Seattle $25,951

  5. Average Cost of Wedding Flowers Nation wide Seattle $1,636 $1,329 ***Percentages vary by floral shop

  6. Compare and Contrast Formal & Informal Weddings 2 Types of Weddings • Formal • Fancy • Often held in religious buildings like churches, cathedrals, temples, etc. • Informal • Less fancy • Often held outdoors **Determined by culture & personal preference

  7. Bridal Consultations • first interview is usually the most important • at least three months prior to the wedding

  8. 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

  9. Bridal Consultations • may include looking at ribbon samples • photo albums of sample wedding work

  10. Bridal Consultations • florist must learn as much about the wedding plans as possible

  11. Bridal Consultations • florist needs to determine: • set a budget within which to work

  12. Other stuff…. • Type of gown • type of wedding being planned • how large is the wedding party

  13. Other stuff…. • Formal or informal • where will the service take place • time of day or evening • religious ceremony

  14. Other stuff…. • Where is the reception • how large will the reception be • who is paying for the flowers

  15. 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

  16. Wedding order form • used for planning floral decorations • lists the majority of items needed for the wedding

  17. 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

  18. Wedding order form • the form is signed by the bride and the florist • this helps prevent problems in the future

  19. Wedding order form • a copy is given to the bride to serve as her reference • itemized list of floral expenses

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

  21. Bouquets • bridal and attendant • style is preference of bride • several factors considered in selecting style of bouquets

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

  23. Bouquets • size of the bride and attendants • petite women should carry a small airy cascade • not a large, heavy cascading bouquet

  24. Bouquets • larger women can carry larger, heavier bouquets • most frequent styles ordered: • arm bouquet

  25. Bouquets • colonial nosegay • cascading bouquet • variations of each are made by altering the flowers used, size, density of bouquet

  26. Arm bouquets • presentation bouquet • carried across the forearm • designed with natural stems remaining on the flowers • kept fresh in a vase until wedding time

  27. Arm bouquets • orchid tubes or water picks may also be used • remove tubes just before the wedding • flowers are bound together with wire

  28. Arm Bouquets Arm bouquet – Flowers tied together and cradled in the arm

  29. Colonial Nosegay • handheld bouquets • constructed in a circular shape with an attached handle • usually a plastic bouquet holder is used with

  30. Colonial bouquet – A round bouquet based on the English nosegay. Created on oasis bouquet holder with no visible stems.

  31. 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

  32. Cascade bouquets • held at the waist • created by extending the colonial bouquet into a flowing garland.

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

  34. Cascade bouquets • hand tied - each flower wired and taped separately • designed in same foam holders as colonial nosegays

  35. Cascade bouquets • wire and tape the long cascade and add to a foam bouquet holder

  36. Cascade Bouquet – Round central area with trailing line of flowers and foliage

  37. Hand-tied Hand-tied Bouquet – Natural looking gathering of flowers and foliage with the stems tied together

  38. Bridesmaid BouquetsSmaller version of the Bride’s bouquetUsually for Bridesmaids and Maid of Honor

  39. Corsages and Bouts • normally worn by ushers, best man, groomsmen • parents, grandparents • servers at the reception • other close family members

  40. Corsages and bouts • organist, minister, soloist • minister - if they do not wear a robe • roses and orchids are favorite for mothers and g’mas

  41. Corsages and bouts • any flower can be chosen • usually flowers used in bridal or bridesmaids bouquets

  42. BoutonnieresFor the men in the weddingGroom, father of the groom, ushers, best man, groomsmen, grandfather, wedding official

  43. CorsagesCould be pin on or wristletFor mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and other special women involved with the wedding

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

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

  46. Entry and Vestibule • guest book table • cut flower arrangements • garlands framing doorways

  47. Aisles and Pews • bows made of number 9 or 40 ribbon • white is the most common • often accented with flowers and foliage

  48. Aisles and Pews • may be used on every pew • every second or third pew

  49. Candelabra • may have flowers and foliage added • may be used in altar area or in aisles