Engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and the week leading up to the wedding can often be a time for constant visitors to your client’s home. Displaying flower arrangements can be a way of making the house appear that bit more special for the celebrations ahead. Getting the wedding party involved in making arrangements rather than ordering in arrangements can be an enjoyable way for your client to save some money. White is typically the presiding colour for wedding celebrations. She should start with basic white flowers and add a few accents that complement the surrounding decor. Large leafy green pieces add a nice contrast to delicate buds for table centrepieces, and sometimes simplicity is the best aesthetic tactic. If she is making centrepieces for several tables, she can purchase her flowers in bulk and use one design over and over again, or she can make each piece an individual work of art. For vase arrangements, she should choose her container first, and then pick flowers that are the correct height for the vase. When cutting the flowers, be sure to cut the stems at an angle so that they can absorb water correctly and stay fresh for a long time. Vase arrangements require a focal point, and this can be one large flower or a grouping of several. It is important to choose a colour scheme and to stick with it. For instance, she should not mix red and pink roses, or combine yellow daisies with dyed-green carnations. She should make sure that she chooses flowers that look and smell good in combination with each other, and she could fill in the gaps with baby’s breath and leafy greenery.
If making larger potted flower arrangements, an aesthetically pleasing plant is a great base for her design. If she is using only flowers, she will need a piece of arranging oasis to provide a structure for the piece. Florist’s oasis (green foam that soaks up water) can be purchased at most craft shops, and it can be cut to fit any shape she needs. The foam is soaked in water over night; this not only keeps a water supply going to her flowers but also adds weight to help counter the arrangement becoming top heavy and falling over. Before she starts sticking in her stems, she might sketch out an idea of the final display. If the arrangement is to be large, she should pick a few large flowers to act as focal points rather than picking a multitude of tiny blooms. Too many small flowers distract the eye and make the arrangement seem busy rather than soothing. Once she has chosen all of her flowers and greenery, she can begin arranging them in the container. It will take several tries and lots of adjusting before she creates a finished product, but advise her to be confident and do what looks best. Arranging flowers is an intuitive art, and if she has chosen a good colour scheme and a variety of shapes and sizes, the correct eye-pleasing concoction will often fall into place with little effort.