Re-Cap of The Bridal Bouquet & Pricing Workshop

The Bridal Bouquet & Pricing Workshop happened this past Saturday in downtown Seattle. Wow, what a FANTASTIC day it was!
The day started with a morning session taught by Debra Prinzing, Seasonal Spring Floral Design. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Debra speak about Seasonal Flowers, Care & Handling, and Eco-friendly design techniques. I’ve been in the floral industry for 15 years now, yet I learn something new every time I hear someone else speak. Did you know that Curly Willow has antiseptic qualities, therefor it keeps the water in the vase cleaner and prolongs the life of flowers?? Debra demonstrated how to create a centerpiece using Chicken Wire as the grid, then the students created their centerpieces — great fun working with everyone while they tried their hands at this design technique.

In the afternoon I lead the workshop The Bridal Bouquet & Pricing Workshop. This was my second time teaching this class and I find it quite interesting & informative. The session starts with me sharing how to design a European hand-tied bouquet, with flower handling tips. Next all the students created their bridal bouquets — room full of gorgeous bouquets!! After all the bouquets are finished and wrapped it is time for White Board filled with flower pricing to be revealed and as a group we write out our worksheets and calculate the pricing of each bouquet. Always a great conversation about pricing, seasonality, and flower types ensues when we calculate out the final price of each bouquet.

BTW – all the gorgeous flowers you are seeing in these photos are from Florabundance Wholesale. Can I just tell all of you that I was absolutely thrilled with all the flowers I received?! I spoke with Debbie about what flowers I might like to have for the workshop, but in the end told her – I’d like to have all American Grown Flowers and in season flowers, feel free to surprise me! (the beauty of workshops is we can be surprised, obviously can’t do that with wedding orders). The Coral Charm Peonies were out of this world, the Ranunculus were perfect, the garden roses from Rose Story farm had a scent that just filled the air, scented geranium which paired perfectly with the flowers, and the Lilacs?! Lilacs were insanely perfect. Topped off with my favorite Clematis. Thrilled. Absolutely thrilled.

BTW – Debra’s latest Podcast is an interview with Joost Bongaerts, owner of Florabundance. I highly recommend listening to Debra’s weekly Podcasts with various people in the floral industry (I was interviewed last fall) as they are all so interesting! Listen to Debra & Joost’s conversation here.

Now enough of me blabbing .. time to share the PRETTY!!

Flirty Fleurs - The Bridal Bouquet & Pricing Workshop - Seattle, Washington

Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Workshop, bouquet designed by Mary Ann Mary Ann Nguyen, Bridal bouquet of Coral Charm Peonies, White Garden Roses, Lilacs, Maiden Hair Fern

Designed by Mary Ann Nguyen

Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Workshop, Bouquet designed by Shawn Chamberlain, Bridal bouquet of Coral Charm Peonies, Viburnum, White Garden Roses, Dusty Miller, Scented Geranium, Mint.

Bouquet designed by Shawn Chamberlain

Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Workshop, Bouquet by Lisa Krauter, European Hand-tied bridal bouquet of coral charm peonies, purple clematis, anemones, white garden roses, cymbidium orchids, lilacs, scented geranium

Bouquet by Lisa Krauter

Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Workshop, Bridal bouquet of coral charm peonies, green viburnum, white garden roses, lilacs, dusty miller and clematis

Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Workshop, Bridal bouquet of coral charm peonies, green viburnum, white garden roses, lilacs, dusty miller and clematis, panda anemones

Florabundance, Purple Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

Rose Story Farm White Garden Roses

Garden Roses from Rose Story Farm. Just last week I was reading about Rose Story Farm on Debra’s Blog, this week I receive roses from the farm!

Florabundance Wholesale - Purple Lilacs

Purple Lilacs

Florabundance Wholesale - Cut Clematis

Clematis

Florabundance Wholesale - Mint, Green & White Parrot Tulips, Purple SweetPeas, Burgundy Ranunculus, Panda Anemones, Dusty Miller and Green Cymbidium Orchids

Mint, Green & White Parrot Tulips, Purple SweetPeas, Burgundy Ranunculus, Panda Anemones, Dusty Miller and Green Cymbidium Orchids

Florabundance Wholesale - Panda Anemones, Black and White Anemones

Anemones

Florabundance - Mint

Mint

Florabundance Coral Charm Peonies

Coral Charm Peonies

Florabundance Coral Charm Peonies

Coral Charm Peonies

Fresh Cut Flowers from Florabundance - Viburnum, Liliacs, Ranunculus, Mint, Sweetpeas, Anemones

Viburnum, Liliacs, Ranunculus, Mint, Sweetpeas, Anemones

Florabundance Wholesale - Lilacs, Clematis and Viburnum

Lilacs, Clematis and Viburnum

Florabundance Maiden Hair Fern

Maiden Hair Fern

Florabundance Green Viburnum and Purple Clematis

Clematis and Viburnum

Florabundance Burgundy Ranunculus

Burgundy Ranunculus

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Comments

  1. After seeing this I have no worries about my product coming tomorrow from Florabundence ! I am so excited now.:) The classes look fun and I can’t wait to join you for one soon.

  2. Congrats, you two!

    Looked like another very successful workshop!

    R

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