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By Ali Dahlson on 7/26/2016 2:13 PM


Alright flower friends, here's a question I think most of us would love the magical answer to, but for some reason it is not talked about as much as it should be. We know money can be a touchy subject to some, but we're opening the door to start a conversation about pricing & how to educate our lovely brides about the reality of how much that beautiful Pinterest wedding actually costs.

Day after day we hear stories about brides-to-be pulling up their stunning inspiration images, and then stopping the florist dead in their tracks when the they tell them their budget. Oh, you want ten bouquets filled with peonies & garden roses, hanging installations, and garlands on every table, for $1500? Sorry sister, ain't happening. We can't really blame them - $1500 is a lot of money! But the lack of transparency when it comes to discussing pricing and the reality of what flowers cost is why these brides come to us with these expectations. Nobody truly knows the blood, sweat and tears that designers put into making these magical days come to life, and it's our job to educate the consumers so they understand the “why”, and make that conversation a little easier and a little less awkward. Luckily, our Floral Forum designers were  passionate about this topic and more than happy to share their thoughts and the ways they've found works best for them. 

But before we get this show on the road, I want to make a quick little introduction to the newest contributor to The Floral Forum! We recently connected with Ryan O'Neil during our florist app comparison when we included his app, Ryan and his wife have owned a flower shop for years, so his experience in the floral industry paired with his experience building this app will bring a fresh perspective to the table. Welcome, Ryan!

By Yvonne Ashton on 7/26/2016 9:20 AM
For today's Mayesh Minute, David Dahlson reviews some great product from Oregon. A great selection of summer flowers: Hopleys pink and purple oregano, Echinops, blackberries, white oregano, Kent's  Beauty oregano, Physostegia (obedient plant), Blue Muffin viburnum, eryngium.
By Ali Dahlson on 7/25/2016 10:41 AM

We have some big news in the Pacific Northwest... Mayesh Portland has MOVED! Don't worry, we're still in the Portland Flower Market , but we've taken over a much larger space inside the market, and we're loving it. It's fresh, open and oh so spacious. Check out these photos taken throughout the move last week, and if you're in Portland, pop in and say hi! 

By Yvonne Ashton on 7/25/2016 5:17 AM


In this edition of the Mayesh Minute, David Dahlson chats about the cyclical and fashion nature of the flower business. Most recently, Dutch growers have produced high-quality summer flowers - helping push products to a new level. Get a closer look at two such flowers - Nigella (a.k.a Love in the Mist) and white Dahlias.

By Ali Dahlson on 7/21/2016 6:58 AM

Over the past two days, the three sisters of The Wild Mother filled our Instagram with gorgeous images paired with enchanting stories collected over time, rich in family history and their unique perspective on nature & floral design. Not only are they brilliant designers, but they have such a way with words that their stories & theories transport you to another place & time. If you haven't seen it yet, you're in for a treat!

Now, let's get to know the ladies behind The Wild Mother a bit better...  

By Ali Dahlson on 7/20/2016 1:46 PM

Photo credit: AIFD

Guest Blogger: Jenn McJunkins

Feat: Gerry Gregg AIFD, CFD; Greg Lum AIFD, CFD; Jerry Trentleman AIFD, CFD

What do you get when three very different designers collaborate on a floral design program? Three very different points of view! Gerry Gregg, Greg Lum and Jerry Trentleman brought their own style to the table for this program focusing on symmetry, natural forms and cultural tradition.

By Yvonne Ashton on 7/18/2016 1:31 AM

Enter to become our 2017 Mayesh Design Star! We are shaking things up again. Educational floral workshops are hot, and we think it’s time to join the fun! We are looking for someone to lead a series of workshops that will take place at several of our locations throughout the year, as well as create several time lapse-style design videos to share with our customers.

So how is this going to work? To enter, you will need to submit a detailed outline for a 1-day workshop, a design portfolio, and a short video showcasing your sparkling personality. We don’t want to put too many parameters around the entry materials as we don’t want to limit your imagination. You are an artist and we want you to be just that!

We will select our favorite designer for the job and schedule 4 or more workshops for the following year at select Mayesh locations. The prize is not a trip this year, but rather a percentage of the revenue collected from the workshop registrations, with a potential of bringing home up to $5,000 or more!

We will create time-lapse style design videos to music - no talking, just you flexing your creative muscles and creating something awesome! Keep in mind you will be talking to a group of up to 25 enthusiastic flower design lovers at each workshop and we want you to be comfortable doing so. Whether you are an industry veteran who has been involved with workshops and teaching for years or you would like to get into the workshop scene, but just haven’t done it yet, we think this is an amazing opportunity to spread your design wings.

By Ali Dahlson on 7/13/2016 8:59 AM

Guest Blogger: Jenn McJunkins

"Catalyst for Inspiration"
Feat. Paul Jaras AIFD, CFD, Susanne Law AIFD, CFD and Brenna Quan AIFD, CFD

A team of floral experts with very different design styles conducted this program. Each member challenged one another in coming up with a design that fit into their chosen theme. By doing this each person got to push themselves to fit into many boxes.

By Ali Dahlson on 7/12/2016 1:00 AM

Happy Monday, flower friends! I told you I'd be back with more fun #alitheflorist happenings! A few weeks ago I gave you a recap of my experience attending an Ariella Chezar demonstration & talk, and today I have a short but sweet recap about a workshop I took the following day. I've been keeping busy!

By Ali Dahlson on 7/11/2016 10:34 AM

Guest Blogger: Jenn McJunkins

The theme for this year’s AIFD Symposium was “Inspiration” and Jacob McCall’s program was nothing short of inspired. With roots in the wonderful world of Disney, Jacob pulled inspiration from some of our favorite Disney classics displayed in magical vignettes.

Mayesh Bloggers

Yvonne Ashton

I plan on bringing our readers all things flora and fun, mixed with some serious posts about the flower business. I like to think of myself as pretty well-rounded - having passion for design (flowers, web, decor, etc.), marketing, photography, tech, and business. I'm a huge believer in continual education, so I'm always looking for new ideas and hope to share that journey with you!

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Ali Dahlson

Coming from a background in interior design, I'm trying my hand at flowers, and will be spending the next year learning the ins & outs of the business. I will be sharing my experiences as the new kid on the block, hoping to inspire other young, aspiring floral designers like myself. I grew up in the wholesale flower business, but hope to use my education and experience to eventually create a unique and innovative approach to floral design. Follow along for a blend of educational tid-bits, my thoughts & musings on the business, and a peek into my crazy journey into the world of flowers! #alitheflorist

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