Lucky for the interns at Southern Charm, they get to attend Bridal Academy once a month and receive a certificate for their classes they complete. Recently they were given the opportunity to get a glimpse in the world of flowers by A Fantasy in Flowers and observe all the hard work that goes into making stunning arrangements. With the advice of Susan and Julia from A Fantasy in Flowers, we learned the basic fundamentals of handling flowers and compiling simple arrangements.
After minutes into the first demonstration, we also realized that our lack of tools necessary was not impressive. We needed way more than what could possibly fit in our “little pretty pink box.”
Needless to say, we took mental notes of the necessities required to fit in a floral tool box and will be updating our emergency kit to include floral supplies! Out of all of the items suggested by Julia, we only had about ¼ of the supplies, but luckily that didn’t discourage us from being eager to learn more. Some useful tips that were given to us were that:
- Metal dethorners can damage the flower stem, which in turn creates bacteria. This bacterium causes the flower to die more rapidly.
- Fresh flowers are determined by the petals and whether you can hear the distinct snap or not.
- Never ever touch flower buds with your hands. Clean the residue off with pipe cleaners to avoid staining on hands, clothes, etc.
- Always finish off your ribbons on a bouquet. It definitely makes for a more well put together appearance.
- Always cut your stems at a slant for minimal damage and to allow more room for flowers to soak up water.
After a few hands-on demonstrations and a walk through of items mandatory for our tool box, we were able to familiarize ourselves with and how to craft a proper boutonniere. Not only did we learn how to make them step-by-step, but we were also able to gather helpful tidbits along the way. From that experience, it is safe to say that patience and meticulousness are imperative to the success of a floral arrangement, no matter how simple or complex it may be. Things really are never as simple as they may look and the minor details are what make or break the foundation and/or beauty of an arrangement. It takes a lot of time and detail in perfecting these gorgeous displays of flowers. Thus, flowers do have a great significance in your wedding. Your flowers are the glue that bring all of your elements together beautifully to create the desired ambiance on your wedding day. Wouldn’t you want a coordinator trained and ready to help with any floral mishaps after the florist has departed?