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Floral Arches & Chuppahs Design Class

Hi Flower Friends!

About a week and a half ago I taught a Chuppah and Arch decorating class here at my home & property in northern Washington State. The girls and I had a fabulous time together, we spent 8 hours out in the yard flowering up 2 Chuppahs and 2 Arches!
Thought I’d share some of the images with all of you..

First, the Rustic Chuppah! This one was gorgeous, we used a variety of foliages – Begonia, Ninebark, Sweetpea Vines, Feather Acacia, Ferns, Salmon Berry, Beech and Cotinus. We added in only two flowers! White Astilbe and Panda Anemones. The final Chuppah design was just gorgeous –

Rustic, Woodland Wedding Chuppah designed at a Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

Working on the Rustic Chuppah. The setting in my backyard is just perfect for this chuppah style!

Rustic, Woodland Wedding Chuppah designed at a Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

Shawn working with nine bark foliage

Rustic, Woodland Wedding Chuppah designed at a Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

Jen adding in Astilbe

Rustic, Woodland Wedding Chuppah designed at a Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

Keita adding in anemones

Rustic, Woodland Wedding Chuppah designed at a Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

Rustic, Woodland Wedding Chuppah designed at a Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

Rustic, Woodland Wedding Chuppah designed at a Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

Next we moved onto the WildRose Chuppah; it was a little bit rustic, a little touch modern, very gardeny. We used just a few elements in this design – Italian Ruscus, Olive Foliage, long branches of wild roses and peonies-
WildRose Chuppah with white peonies, from the Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Workshop, Florist Class

WildRose Chuppah with white peonies, from the Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Workshop, Florist Class

WildRose Chuppah with white peonies, from the Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Workshop, Florist Class

WildRose Chuppah with white peonies, from the Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Workshop, Florist Class

Keita accenting the WildRose Chuppah with Rose Petals

I spiced it up with the next floral arch I had planned for the workshop – with this one we went modern & bright! Apple green hydrangeas and roses with pops of coral peonies, coral poppies, and coral godetia with salmonberry foliage and ferns. We finished it off with bright coral fabric draping. Becca of B Jones Photography stopped by while we were working on this arch and she took a few photos for us –

Modern Floral Arch with coral fabric, green, coral and peach flowers for the Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

www.bjonesphotos.com

Modern Floral Arch with coral fabric, green, coral and peach flowers for the Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

www.bjonesphotos.com

Modern Floral Arch with coral fabric, green, coral and peach flowers for the Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

www.bjonesphotos.com

Modern Floral Arch with coral fabric, green, coral and peach flowers for the Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

www.bjonesphotos.com

Modern Floral Arch with coral fabric, green, coral and peach flowers for the Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

www.bjonesphotos.com

Modern Floral Arch with coral fabric, green, coral and peach flowers for the Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

www.bjonesphotos.com

Modern Floral Arch with coral fabric, green, coral and peach flowers for the Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

I snapped this photo of our finished floral arch design.

I didn’t get any photos of the fourth arch, by then the girls and I were working hard to get our last project done and there was no time for photos.
I’ve had a few people ask if I’ll be teaching another Chuppah & Floral Arch Workshop and the answer is YES! I just scheduled a Fall workshop date, check it out & register here – {Design Workshops}
It’s going to be a good one — all fall inspired with lots of dahlias!! Hope you can join us!
Email Me with any questions.

Let’s Talk About Pricing – Candles & Petals for the Aisle

Red rose petal and candle lined ceremony aisle by The Flower House

Red rose petal and candle lined ceremony aisle by The Flower House

Red rose petal and candle lined ceremony aisle by The Flower House

I love my friend Amy, she tells it the way it is!
In her words-

The Roses:
The aisle was made using 500 roses worth of petals. I bought box lots and got a great price on them 2 weeks before Valentines day. The bulk roses cost us $0.48 each but I HAD to take shipment 2 weeks out to lock in the price before the ridiculous holiday pricing kicked in. Ironically, the other 600 roses I ordered for personal flowers and centerpieces (which were at the highest sessional Valentine’s prices and from a very excellent grower) came in so ugly that I ended up using the roses I had stored dry for 2 weeks. The new roses that cost $2.25 a stem wholesale went on the aisle. Damn V-day.
Aisle petals: $1000 (which is really only possible with bulk pricing).

The Candles:
75 each side, assorted pillars and floating, $1000. That particular wedding we were able to incorporate previously burned pillars. New would have cost her double. I generally only use LED now- because of real candles propensity to blow out and for safety reasons. The last wedding we did that treatment with using real candles was at demand of the mother of the Bride. I had really pushed her for LED and she refused. The bride’s dress caught on fire during the ceremony. The mom laughed about it afterwards and said that was her own fault. Now when I tell brides and MOBs that story they all quickly agree that LEDs are just fine. HAHAHA!
LED treatments can also be done without the glass and it still looks pretty.
I charged $500 to set up and strike the aisle too.

Total Price Tag: $2,500.00

Thank you, Amy, for working with us on this pricing post. Amy is the owner of The Flower House in Denver, Colorado.

Let’s Talk about Pricing – Sunflower Aisle Decor

Sunflowers lining the ceremony aisle, designed by The Flower House, Denver
Sunflowers decorating the Ceremony Aisle by The Flower House

How cool is the aisle decor treatment?!
I love the Sunflowers lining the ceremony aisle – very happy and celebratory for an outdoor Colorado style wedding.
I asked my friend, Amy of The Flower House, to tell us more about this ceremony and its price tag.

“A complete pain in the arse depending on the soil conditions. Too soggy and you’re in trouble, to dry and you’re in trouble. We had hard ground and had to take a power drill with a large auger bit to get into the ground… which is dangerous thanks to the sprinkler system. After we “planted” them we did “water them in” when we set up.. I went back the next day to strike and even though the wedding took place on a sweltering August day, all the sunflowers were still alive.”

The Details:
80 Sunflowers x $3.50 per stem = $280
Labor for Installation & Strike = $85
1 Drill with Auger Bit = $100 – (although it has been used for several projects since this wedding and not all $100 was applied to this wedding)
Final Price Tag: $400.00

Images by Lindsay B Photography

Thank you, Amy, for working with us on this pricing post. Amy is the owner of The Flower House in Denver, Colorado.