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You ask, we answer! This question was sent in by a number of you, so we’re here to help! Many of you asked about best practices for wedding floral delivery, and tips on how to keep bouquets fresh prior to delivery. This is even more important as we get into the warmer summer months and need to protect our delicate little blooms! Read on for our designer’s advice…
This is a great question. I myself cannot wait to read the answers from the other designers! For many years I have packaged my bouquets a very special way for delivery. I use a large, sturdy flower box lid and cover it with paper to make a nice presentation. I use my logo stickers on the outside of the box and embellish the box with a band of matching ribbon. I then pack all of my personals in this box; corsages, boutonnieres, bridal bouquets and anything else for the wedding party. It makes for super easy delivery and everything is labeled to make it easy upon delivery. Corsages and boutonnieres are packed in clear plastic corsage boxes and the bouquets are diapered with a water source to ensure freshness. The diapering process can be done in many ways. I use wet cotton and a plastic baggie with a rubber band. Another reason I like this technique is because the ribbon stays dry. Also, when the box is covered with clear cello, it makes for a really beautiful presentation of flowers. The clear cello is the final step and is very important because it will create condensation in the cooler causing the flowers to become turgid and crisp. Turgidity is when the blooms themselves firm up for the condensation process in the cooler. A good finishing spray is always a good idea for most varieties of flowers as well.
We live in a pretty hot climate so we try to keep the bouquets cold as long as possible. We coordinate with the bride/planner to hand off their bouquets a little before they start photographs. We also keep our flowers cool in vehicles while we set up.
We use lots of props and extras for our weddings and have “pull sheets” that are checked and double-checked as they are loaded in vans and box trucks. Fresh flowers always go in an air conditioned transport with a traveler always holding the bridal bouquet – the most prized possession! The best practice you can have is to arrive on time!
I’m located in a hot area and am constantly combating heat. I put everything in the cooler in warm/hot weather. We top off water in all arrangements before loading for delivery. Always bring the extra unused flowers so anything wilted can be replaced during set-up. I also instruct the Bride & Maids to put their bouquets back into the water/vase when they are not holding them for pictures before the ceremony.
***The best advice I ever got, and use, is to have all dahlias (especially dinnerplate & cafe au laits) delivered the day before or morning of the event, and load them into all arrangements the morning of or even on sight if time permits.
When you’re done designing the bouquet, hose it down with crowning glory or finishing touch. Keep cool and out of sunlight as long as possible. Also mention to your bride to keep her bouquet in water as long as possible before AND after pictures!
Hand tied bouquets with no water source can be a challenge. I will wait to wrap the stems at the last possible moment, and make sure that care & conditioning has been handled on all levels. I love Clear Life by Design Master and use it on personal flowers that don’t have a water source.
Always clean all flowers (make sure no greens are in water as this produces bacteria and moldy, nasty water), provide a fresh cut and place inside a fresh bucket of water right when you come home from the market. This takes a long time to do but I can definitely tell the difference when I don’t clean flowers. By the day of the wedding, I really wish I had taken the time to clean and hydrate well. After the arrangements are made, check your water levels daily and refill if necessary. When it comes to delivering, the tighter things are packed up, the better. Don’t smash flowers but pack them tight and add newspaper or something to fill in between gaps to keep everything from moving around during your delivery.
I’m not sure about you, but as an aspiring wedding floral designer, those were some pretty helpful tips! Do you have any other tips & tricks or best practices when it comes to wedding delivery?
We’re so excited to introduce a fun new blog series, and it involves you! We are always getting asked different questions about all things floral, and while we can answer them, we thought that the answers you’re really looking for would come from your peers. We’ve put together an “expert panel,” if you will, which we are calling the “The Mayesh Floral Forum.” When we see a question that seems to be trending, the Floral Forum will weigh in and share their advice and opinions on the matter.
Our hope for this series is that these posts turn into a space where you can learn from fellow designers, share your own thoughts & opinions, and ask the burning questions. Whether you’re a budding florist or an industry veteran, we encourage everyone to get involved!
Our eclectic group of Mayesh Floral Forum designers includes past & current Mayesh Design Stars, and some fabulous ladies from all over (who you might recognize from our Instagram takeovers). And without further ado, let me introduce them!
Anthology Co. // @anthologyco – Miami, FL
From an early age, it was clear that Veronica’s path would be in some sort of creative field. Shortly after graduating from art school in New York, Veronica started decorating parties for friends & visiting the flower market, and that was it! She has now moved her talents down south to Miami, where she has combined both floral design & event styling. Veronica describes her design style as playful, unexpected, and textural. To learn more about Veronica, check out the interview we did with her here! (Photo by @giannycampos)
Carla Kayes Floral Design // @carlakayes – Southern California
From graphic design to owning a wholesale dried flower company, to starting her own floral design studio eight years ago, Carla has been in the creative field for as long as she can remember. Carla’s designs are natural, organic and lush, inspired by the flower garden she grew up tending to with her mom. More on Carla here! (Photo by @jenna_photo)
Shawn Michael Foley
Hothouse Design Studio // @andtherealshawn – Birmingham, AL
Shawn, one of our current Design Stars, has a passion for creative expression, and is best known for his “Human Form Project,” an annually themed floral art/fashion series showcasing a fusion of beauty, blooms, and body. Shawn is dedicated to floral education, making him the perfect fit for the Mayesh Floral Forum. Check out our previous interview with him here! (Photo by Matt Mathews Photography)
Carte Blanche Design // @carteblanchedesign – Arizona
Four years ago, Randi left her corporate job in Commercial Real Estate to explore her love of floral design & the wedding industry. After doing a little freelancing on the side to get her feet wet, she took the plunge and started her own company, Carte Blanche Design. She is inspired by soft, organic and artistic floral design, and is so happy with her decision to take a risk and follow her passion! Read more about Randi & her journey as a designer here. (Photo by @danielkimphoto)
Beth O’Reilly AIFD, TMF
Beth started her career in the industry over twenty years ago. Her floral journey has allowed her to travel internationally as a product development designer as well as become one of the newest floral and event specialists on the Mayesh team. As a past Design Star you may recognize her from the Mayesh Youtube channel that is full of tutorials and products showcases. She has a passion for flowers and design and has created draw dropping displays that call upon her sculptural background as a 3D artist. Here is our interview back in 2014 when she became our Design Star!
Siren Floral Co. // @sirenfloralco – Southern California
Rachael is your go-to girl for all things bohemian & free-spirited. She first started out with a design/styling/coordination business, Lace and Likes, but when clients kept asking her to help with their flowers, she decided to give it a try! After slowly educating herself and lots of practice, she eventually fell in love with flowers, and Siren Floral Co. was born. Learn more about Rachael on our blog! (Photo by @keithasavage)
The Blooming Bud // @thebloomingbud – Southern California
Cynthia has been doing floral design off and on for twelve years. After working in a flower shop in high school, she decided to study Interior Design, and worked in that field for a couple years. She was soon reminded of her love of working with her hands, and more specifically, flowers, and decided to quit her job at a top commercial design firm in Orange County, CA to pursue her dreams and start The Blooming Bud! She describes her style as ‘whimsically balanced’ – isn’t that the greatest description?! Want to know more? Check out her interview here! (Photo by @coriklecknerphotography)
Jerome Raska AIFD, AAF, PFCI, CAFA, CF
Blumz by JR Designs // @blumzbyjrdesigns – Detroit, MI
Jerome, our other current Mayesh Design Star, has been in the floral industry for over twenty five years, starting out in the fashion industry as a visual merchandiser and fashion coordinator. He worked at a farmer’s market in the summer months selling garden flowers and creating bouquets, and eventually did some small weddings. When he was given the opportunity to buy a small floral shop, Jerome jumped at the opportunity, and the rest is history! More on Jerome here.
Jodi Duncan AIFD
Jodi Duncan Designs // @jodiduncan – Norris City, Illinois
Jodi, former Mayesh Design Star, is a full-service florist in her hometown of Norris City, Illinois, providing floral design and wedding planning services as well as rentals. She has been a long-time fan of TED Talks, and when she recently had the opportunity to apply to be a speaker at a local TEDx event, she jumped at the opportunity to share her passion for flowers with her community. Check out our follow-up interview to her experience as a TED speaker!
Mandy Majerik AIFD, PFCI
Hothouse Design Studio // @hothousedesignstudio – Birmingham, AL
Mandy (yet another former Design Star!) has been surrounded by flowers for as long as she remember, as she grew up in her Grandmother’s flower shop. With a background in Interior Design and floristry in her blood, Mandy started Hothouse Design Studios in Birmingham, AL, where she also acts as a Wedding & Corporate Specialist. Here’s a little throwback interview we did when she became our Design Star back in 2011! (Photo by Matt Mathews Photography)
Now that you’ve gotten to know our designers, stay tuned for our first official “Mayesh Floral Forum,” with questions coming from you!