My favorite thing to do with flowers is arrange them for weddings. Just wanted to share some of my pictures from a wedding I did a couple of weeks ago. Special thanks to Gemini Sage for all the ideas on making these flowers work for a winter wedding with a burgundy theme. The bride had requested wine color roses for herself and pink roses for the bridesmaids. Never thought pink would work for a winter wedding, but I was able to incorporate some winter foliage to make it work.
Here is the bride's bouquet. Burgundy roses, green cymbidium orchids, and seeded eucalyptus.
I was able to pull some flowers together for a large altar arrangement. I have to admit, it is not my strong point. I have never gotten the hang of making large pieces. This is what I was able to throw together.
Wonderful job! Using the floating candle in the tall vase was very clever and effective. You did a very fine job with the large altar arrangement too, and every time you make a big one it gets easier. I used to have a terrible time making standing funeral sprays and dreaded them. Finally I started asking to do every order for one that came in, and shortly got confident and efficient at making them. The more you do, the easier and better they get.
Thanks for sharing!
Well Lana, I just added this forum to my favorites. Beautiful arrangements. I too will need you when my son gets married. Where do you find those fabulous roses? Thankyou for letting us see your wonderful work. I had no idea :)
Starlight, thanks! I have more from this wedding, but they all are pretty much the same designs. I don't want to bore you, but I will see if I can find some pics from other weddings and scan them.
Kim, I would be honored. . .as long as I get to play in your beautiful gardens. Ooooh, a garden wedding would be just lovely.
Martha, thanks for dropping by with your comments. I have the whole MS in here now. . .LOL.
Neal, thanks for the encouragement. You are right about practice makes perfect. Unfortunately I left the shop before I could learn everything there was in making large arrangements. I don't have many opportunities to make them now. . .unless I buy my own flowers. . .and that would cost a fortune. I wish the pay was better for a floral designer. . .I would leave my boring job for sure.
Thanks Cath, you are a sweet lady!
Debbie, don't you wish we can grow those roses? They are florist roses that are greenhouse grown. They are either from California or imported. Thanks for stopping by with the compliments. Hope to see you around the cut flower forum more often. There's not a lot of traffic around here.
Karma, the whole wedding flower collection is fabulous, well done! I love the huge Dahlias.
You did really well, with the large arrangement sprung on you at the last minute.I agree with gemini-sage, the more you make the easier they become.
Thankyou for bringing lovely people to our forum Karma! I hope they stick around!!!
Lana, if you have your business license, (only cost around $25.00) you can purchase your roses at wholesale. If you are interested, send me a dmail. Also, if you want to go with me to Chamblees 2008 expo, I bet you could get in with them too. That would be an awesome trip. http://www.chambleeroses.com click on 2008 rose adventure for details
You have to get an occupational license(business license) from your parish. Then, with that in hand, you go to your state revenue office and get a sales tax certificate. I don't know if you have to have a florist license to sell arrangements. But I doubt it.
I know when I opened my drapery shop I had to get a business license and a tax license. I did not have to get a Designer or Decorators license. The state tax license opened all the doors to the wholesalers. Your work is beautiful and most of your business will come from word of mouth. Believe me, when you are dealing with peoples homes or weddings, they only trust recommendations from friends.
Karma, don't you have flower markets?
I sometimes go to a wholesale flower market, they have a £5.oo entrance fee, anyone can go there.
I don't go that often because you have to buy the whole box, not small bunches.
When I was doing my floristry course, we sometimes got the flowers from the wholesale place and shared them, usually for wedding or funeral arrangements ,where lots of flowers were needed.
Adele, you are kind!! stick with us and we will all learn new stuff, It's nice to work on projects together and see how everyone comes up with something different.
Debbie, I'm not sure if I can purchase wholesale flowers with just an occupational license, but I know that you need a florist license to sell arrangements. If they will be put in vases/containers, then you have to have a florist license. Louisiana is the only state in the US that requires a florist license. That's why I do flowers for fun. . .until I have time and courage to take the exam. To get a florist license, you have to pass a written test as well as a practicum.
Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Now you know, seems to me like the existing florist have someone in the testing office. What a neat way to run out competition. I am the type that would gather as many of the people that haven't passed the test or are afraid to try to take the test, and go stand on the steps of the state capital and make sure news crews are around to report it. There is one thing that absolutely peels my skin and that is injustice. That is so sad. But now that I have said that, like the lady The Lord wants me to be, I will straighten out my southern jacket , lift my head, and give you some good advice. Go down there and take the test and PASS, just to show them. Your arrangements are beautiful. And you are smart as a whip, so get the study materials. There is no reason for you not to try. If other people have passed, so can you. This link gives you some insight as to what they are looking for. Study it well and go for it. The talent you have is God given and He will help you. When I first started out, He showed me everything. He is an artist you know. Anyway He lead me to a lady that taught people how to make top treatments. I contacted her about patterns for swags. She said she had books and top treatment patterns and that it cost $300.00 I think for them. Well, I took a very big leap of faith and bought them. That $300.00 yielded me only one swag pattern that I could use and it has made me thousands of dollars over the years. So pray and go for it.
I just read the article you posted about the floral exam." ...Call me bitter, but I have to wonder: Does Louisiana really need to protect its teens from off-center corsages? And does it make sense that wedding bouquets have to be built according to stricter codes than most apartment buildings in New Orleans, and with such elaborate wire infrastructures that they might well outlive some of those buildings?"
I agree,the exam does seem absurd. Don't worry about what the article states. It was written to prove a point. It's not about your ability to pass the exam.
I think you should immerse yourself and read everything you can on the subject, study and take the exam. Your floral designs are magnificent. They are magical and I believe encompass all the elements of design.
I agreed with diggerette whole heartedly. Go Lana, I know you can do it. When you're ready. I've taken exams and board certifications many times over (though, not on floral design), if you study, focus, and eat well the day of your exam. You will do well. It's a gift that you're blessed with. If that's where your passion is, you'll excelle.
Karma.. I have to agre e with Diggerette. I have seen alot of crazy rules for alot of crazy things, but that one for being a florist in LA is totally rediculous. Looks to me more like somebody trying to feather their pockets.
Shoot I send flowers to people all the time. I willl call the receiver or when they call me I wil ask how the arrangement was and the flowers. If there is a problem and I know I not the only person, then ya just call the florist back and tell them about it. If they repuitable they wil make a correction or do a refund or something and ya learn not to use them again.
Havign to have a permit to sell flowers in a grocery store. That so unreal.
You have a lot of talent and if I can get my degrees at 54 than you can get in their and do it too. Go for it. Either that or I would suggest ya come to state s that don't have just crazy rule s and reg's and a place to where you can put your talent to good use and make some money while ya doing it.
Wow oh wow, I didn't expect this sort of response. Thank you all (Midsouth says y'all) so much for your support. I feel so very encouraged to take this exam. But I can't seem to find my paperwork to order the study guide. Oh well, I will have to get another packet sent. This will be the third one I've requested in 5 years. . .hehehe.
Debbie, your drapes are gorgeous. Did you do the bedding too? So luxurious and rich. That room is fit for royalty. You are a talented lady! "I had no idea!"
Adele, "magical". . .what a beautiful description. I never thought of it that way before. Thank you.
Starlight, I live close enough to Mississippi. . .maybe I could do weddings on the weekends over there. Congratulations on your degree. What an accomplishment at 54! My dh will graduate in 1.5 years and they call him gramps! He's only 33! I'm totally impressed with you Starlight, or shall we call you Ella? If Kim calls you mentor, then I will call you Master Mentor!
Hi all! Nice to meet ya and nice to meet so many talented people. I may know plants and diseases, but I sure wish I had some of you all's talents. Lots of real creativity and talent I see. Love looking at everybodys work. : )
Hi Kim!!!!! Always glad to help when and where I can. I can grow em, but sure wish I had the garden layout talent you have.
DrapeLady... Lovely work and not easy I know. I can't even sow on a button and make it stay. Gotta love Dave's if only for all the diversity of talent that abounds around here. Better than going off to a craft show to look at stuff.
Karma... If your that close to MS why not consider maybe finding just a tiny place to rent and opening a tiny shop just on the weekends to start. You could take some fresh arrangements, small bouquets and arrangements and take some of your bridal pics and blow them up and make a whatever the book is folks look for your weddings.
You coukld put together a very simple comfy shop and build it up. If you had a tiny place to rent you could take your little one with ya with some toys . If ya got it going good enough then you could consider moving over there. But I coudl be wrogn on this but don't think so and maybe MWPERRY ( Martha) would know or coudl find out, but if you rent a small plac e then you could get you a busines s license which should allow you to be able to buy wholesale. You'd probaby just have to have the flowers deliver d to your shop is all or take a copy of license with you to the wholesale market.
Next best thing would see about a flea market or a farmers market over the line and go sell on saturdays there. Would be a way for folks to get use d to you to build a clientel and you could squirrel away your sale s if need be to rent a small place acros s the border.
Thankyou all for the compliments on my work. Yes Lana, I do it all. The reason that I showed the pic was to encourage you. The first thing the Lord taught me to sew was a fabric lampshade and see what it grew into. If it is made of fabric, and I can see a picture, I can usually make it. (With prayer):). Not clothes, however. I don't like making cloths. So I say go for it. Order your new packet and we will cheer you on from the side lines.
Thankyou everyone! I have been telling Karma she has wonderful talent right from the first arrangement of hers that I saw. With all our encouragement maybe she will realise her true potential. Keep up the great work Karma!
Debbie, your drapes are beautiful, thankyou for showing us.
Starlight, thank you for the ideas. I have a full time job with benefits and a retirement plan at the moment while dh is in school. By the time he graduates, I would have my floral license ready (thanks to all of you for the push) and will take the idea of owning my business more seriously. I have always liked the idea of selling flowers at a farmers' market. An old dream of mine was to grow the flowers and sell them, but only spring will tell if I'm capable of growing flowers.
Sounds like your destiny is all mapped out for you! Full time job, mother of a young son, gardener, student and budding entrepreneur ~ you go girl!
If you want a partner in your floral business, count me in!!
A Star of Bethlehem, from a Christmas arrangement - just for you.:~)
Terri, thank you for sharing your wedding arrangements. It's great seeing different wedding designs. I want to attempt pomanders as pew markers next, but it seems very time consuming. How long does it take for you to complete one?
Thankyou Karma, Star and Adele,
The pomander took me about 2hrs the first time. You need a round ball of floral foam, and lots of flowers all cut the same size, approx 2" stems, and ribbon or pearls to thread through the ball.
I may have a few more wedding designs in my folder, not sure, will have to check.
Hello everyone, how is everyone doing? Lana, I hope everything is going well for you. Martha are you keeping warmth with this off and on cold spells we get. Hi Terri, hope you're having a nice day.
sorry I didn't see this post earlier. I've been watching my football team Liverpool today, it was 1-1 and a another disapointing game! Apart from my DH having man flu! and the freezing cold, everything is fine Thankyou! How are things in your neck of the woods?
Hey Kim. I have not been around for a while because I've been busy with taxes. My Dad's estate settled in 2007, and it's been rather complicated, even with the help of an accountant. There are so many returns to file . . . my Dad's personal federal tax return for this year in which he died, the estate federal tax return, and the federal tax return for the Trust. Now, double those returns to be filed with the State. Whew. Anyhoo, it's good to be back online!
Hi Martha and Kim,
I would make you both a cuppa, but Karma wouldn't want any spills near the wedding flower's!
Please join us in the cafe, the first drink is on the house! I would do the link thingy for you , but haven't mastered how to do it yet!
Karma, I love the varigated foliage!! You have such a great talent. You are still going to do my next wedding when I marry myself aren't you? I am still doing it in the spring. You need to do a spring wedding anyway.
Beautiful, karma! Sumptuous colors and textures! I think the cake turned out great, the simplicity of the flowers works very nicely with the design of the cake. Sometimes I think things turn out better when we can't spend too much time on them.
Think you did really well, love the colour scheme, so fresh looking. Your alter arrangement is lovely. Is that snake grass you used for the table centre piece? very nice. I think the cake looks perfect, just the way it is, keeping the square shape. Well done Karma! and thanks for sharing all your hard work.
Thanks Neal. It means a lot coming from you. . .a veteran designer. Thanks so much for introducing me to wesflora. They are really great.
Terri, I've never heard of snake grass. Probably the same as what I call "horsetail"? Thanks for saying the cake looks good. I was a little worried about it.
Someone walked away with 2 of the most expensive arrangements that were in my large square vases. Won't be getting my vases back, but I learned a big lesson. Charge for all materials. Oh well, just gives me an excuse to buy better ones.
Sorry you had to learn a lesson the hard way - go figure, stealing things at a wedding of all things??? Shame, shame, shame.
Aside from that I can see why they would want them, they are gorgeous. That "dreaded" alter arrangement is perfect. The rows of flowers like the rows of isles and row down the middle for the bride and groom - what a great idea!
The table arrangements are a perfect match, modern and classic in design.
I must admit I am not crazy about the cake, but I mean the cake itself, not much on the squares looks too building block for my taste and not crazy about the ribbon of green going around, but that is just my personal taste jumpin in. I do believe that it required a simple tasteful topper which is what you provided.
In the town I moved from last year, it has become standard to lock up all the bridesmaids jewelry and purses during the weddings because time and again they were pilfered through and valuables stolen right out of the churches!
Just discovered this thread. My granddaughter informed me last night she is getting married Nov 22 this yr and wants me to handle the flower arrangements.
PANIC TOOK HOLD. I have never done wedding arrangements but I did have enough mind reason to ask where, when, how many, what colors and how formal. My son and dh are doing the cooking, again very informal, so I need to check on wedding cake makers. No mother of bride involved. I make cakes but not nearly confident enough for a wedding. I don't decorate pastries.
Read all this thread and am very impressed with suggestions and comments, but now I really need to get serious as this date is not that far off.
The colors will be pink and chocolate with stargazers as flowers and will be held in a church. I really need some suggestions as to what flowers could be used as chocolate.
I do have a floral license so wholesale is not be a problem.
I appreaciate any and all help.
Hi Susie. Cattails as suggested by haighr would make really nice accent pieces as well as provide some vertical interest. "Leonidas" roses comes to mind. It's a two tone rose. . .chocolate and a rustic yellow (?). There are also orchids that are brown, but I don't know what kind they are. Check with your local florist/wholesaler for availabilty. MIni calla lilies come to mind as well. They may not be completely brown, but the varying shades of brown look very interesting. For a fall accent, some berries would be really nice. Gemini_sage is really good with color combinations and wedding flowers so hope he will chime in.
(All that chatter on the licensing in LA...whoooo! Sounds like the government wants in EVERYONES pocket. Most states I think simply require a business license which you buy to set up your business local and a then a state tax registration. And there are certifications for becoming a florist to which you can even do that through a correspondence class or through vocational training. But you may have to check with your state business board if they approve if there is any state licensing nvolved with tests! The state tax number though is what you present to your wholesalers to get your break. But anymore, if your state is like mine, you end up paying a use tax in the end so sometimes it is easier on the paperwork to get good retail deals and not hassle with all the paperwork...but a chat with your accountant could clarify things as how to keep the records. Business these days gets to be so complicated! It really puts a damper on our "dream" jobs! It is just like nursermans license, there is no test, you just buy it and they come do inspections on your nursery and greenhouse. The issue with florists though is you are handling produce and so you may also be required to have a nusrserymans license to sell live plants depending on your state and of course country!)
Karma, What wonderful arrangements and bouquets and caketoppers too! Your huge alter arrangement is magnificent!!
All awesome ladies! And so wonderfully fresh!
So many brides today are opting to having their weddings at their homes and in their gardens and to save money they are opting to make their own fresh or silk bouquets and such. The silks give them keepsakes and many incorporate both. As for gettign a good deal on florist supplies and such, I personally find eBay the way to go, but you do need to inquire many times as to if the products are from a non smoking non pet environment, but wow, the deals can be tremendous there.
Cross thread back here and do come on over to the "Nosegays and Flower Bouquets, Something old and Something New" thread! Terriculture has joined me and we are carrying tradition there too! And bring more!!! Don't let this thread get lost in cyber space!