(Closed) Would you want to be a wedding florist?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I haven’t started looking for a florist yet (I may DIY my flowers, still deciding), but I’ve always assumed that there are just “florsits”, not particularly “wedding florists”, and that florists do the whole 9 yards: weddings, funerals, everyday arrangements, etc.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Pearl S. Buck House

My florists only do events- they don’t really do holidays and every day bouquets. They don’t have a store front. I think they’re living the dream honestly- they’re busy as hell during wedding season, but they’re an Aunt/Niece family biz and it’s totally creative and looks like lots of fun to me! I say go for it. Or at least take a class and see if you’re into it.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2007

You’re where I was about 6 months ago.  I found myself at a cross roads of my job (which paid a lot of money at the sacrifice of my sanity and personal life), but I also seemed to have this affinity for floral design, and was getting a ton of requests from brides.

Sooo…. in April, I decided to see where this route would take me.

Starting a new business is a TON of work.  There’s the website to create and maintain, reciepts to track, proposals to make, research to do, endless meetings to drive all over for, etc.  And the hours?  They can be a little rediculous, especially if you’re doing it on your own.  Usually for a wedding, I’ll be up starting around 8a on Friday building centerpieces, will stay up until 4:30a Saturday finishing, get a 20min nap, and then bang the rest out.  I might get a few hours of sleep during the reception, but then you have to be back at the venue to tear everything down and clean up, and you get home at about 2A on Sunday.  I’m just lucky that I have a wonderful friend that assists me every now and then to make sure I eat.

The hardest part for me is agonizing over how much to charge.  As a bride, I really don’t want to over charge anyone.  And honestly, I KNOW my rates are pretty low.  It breaks my heart when I meet a couple with champagne taste and a beer budget, and I always make a ton of suggestions to help them stay within their range.  But, let’s be honest, it’s a business, not a charity.  I have to charge sales tax, and it would be nice to be able to pay my friend, and be able to get paid for my time… after all, for every wedding, I’m spending around 60hrs researching, prepping, building, etc.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I think desiging flowers is AWESOME!  A few weddings ago, I made the bride cry because she loved her bouquet so much.  And watching the couple’s face light up when they see their flowers for the first time kinda makes how plain tired you are vanish.

So, yeah, if you want to go for it… go for it.  Although, personally, if I were to do it again (and I may still go this route), I would probably end up finding an established floral shop, and working there first even if it’s just part time.

Post # 7
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26 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2007

@Kristy8888

1. Right now?  I’d say not so good.  I’m just starting out, so honestly can’t afford to charge as much as I know it’s worth.  Some day, when I do Matthew Perry’s wedding, I’ll be able to charge the rates that a more established shop in Beverly Hills  would charge.  Meanwhile, I’m just trying to stay out of the red…

2. I built my portfolio by doing flowers for various friends events.  We throw a huge thanksgiving party every year which I design from the ground up.  I also make large obnoxious arrangements for the husband every valentine’s day.  We also have a ton of friends having baby showers, bridal showers, etc.  Take pictures of everything!  I’d start out on craig’s list, or even on the wedding boards, offer to do wedding flowers for cost of supplies only, and you may get one or two girls that are willing to take a risk.  You’d be surprised how quickly word of mouth spreads.  It also helps to attach yourself to a good wedding coordinator who can send business your way, and vice versa.

3. This is hard question to answer… Classes are good for technique, numbers, etc.  However, you either have a good aesthetic eye, or you don’t.  It takes creativity and imagination, and a willingness to attempt new things to stay current.  I have a friend who thinks she would be a good wedding coordinator, but every wedding she attempts, looks the SAME as her wedding was… good for people who like that look, bad IMO as a vendor who wants to show variety, imagination and depth.

Figuring out how much to order of what is still something I’m refining.  I still over-order, but not as much as I used to.  Doing samples for clients is a great way to figure out how much you need before you order the whole thing.  Also, it depends on where you live… I’m in the LA area, so it’s relatively easy for me to run down to the Flower Market and Fashion District and find stuff to experiment with.  If I were out in a really small town, I don’t think this would be as easy to do.

Attaching yourself to work with a florist who has more experience and learn a bunch of on the job training is probably the best way to go.

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