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Floral Design 101

For our wedding last July, my mother, best friend, sister and I tackled all of the bouquets and centerpieces on our own. It saved a tremendous amount of money (a couple thousand dollars actually) and it was pretty simple to do. Since then I’ve really been longing to take a floral design class or workshop so I could learn a bit about actually designing pretty centerpieces and arrangements. I love the idea of being able to craft pretty flowers for parties and just to add a bit of color to our house this summer. With that said, when I saw this floral class on the Chelle Paperie blog, held at The Flower Studio in Baltimore, I got really inspired all over again. (And a bit jealous. I admit it.) Look at how gorgeous the finished centerpiece is! (Oh how I love pretty pastel roses paired with hydrangeas.)




Does anyone know of a fabulous floral class or workshop in the Syracuse (or even Rochester) area? I’ll pay you in unending gratitude if you can point me in the right direction. So far my search has turned up empty-handed, but I am determined to get my hands dirty and learn more about floral design. Bonus: If I can find a class, I’ll share some tips here once I’ve gotten the hang of things.

Has anyone else taken a floral class? Did you love it? Go ahead. Make me jealous. I want to hear all about it. (I really really do!)

{Photos from Chelle Paperie.}

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Wednesday 2nd of February 2011

I am from far away in Hong Kong, so I can't suggest any floral class for you. But if you happen to be in London, UK, you HAVE to take some classes at Jane Packer there. I believe they also have shop and courses in New York but I never been so I can't comment. I spent 4 days at Jane Packer, London, doing a few 1-day courses and it put a smile on the face whenever I remember the few days there...

As Kate noted, it was a lot of hard work and very tiring and a lot of unglamarous bits before you get to the exciting parts, but it's so worthwhile, better than any therapy, I say! I got so hooked after those few days... we worked with so many gorgeous flowers, creating really lush bouquets and arrangements, and the shop, it was magical!

If you are intrigued, I described the whole experience on my blog, feel free to have a read:

Kate Miller

Wednesday 3rd of March 2010

It's definitely not as easy as you'd think - and a LOT of hard work! There is a ton of work to do in prepping the flowers, making sure they look they way you'd like (freshness, color, how open they are) and maintenance after you arrange them.

It's definitely something that CAN be DIYed - but I always advise people to consider just how busy they will be the week prior to their wedding. If you can hang, go for it!

Another tip: Do your research on the flowers you choose - do you know how to perk up wilted hydrangea? What do you do if those ridiculously expensive peonies won't open?

Deb K

Wednesday 3rd of March 2010

kittelberger's in webster offers interesting classes.


Wednesday 3rd of March 2010

That rose & hydrangea centerpiece is LOVELY! So inspired for spring :)

I'm on my 3rd round of diy wedding flowers (did mine, a friends, and now doing another friends) and it's been a LOT of research and planning to do it. Having access to a great class would be amazing! Or even just some more tips (i learned about floral wire and good floral foam way late in the game!) I hope you find a class as inspired as this one!

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