Our Advanced Wedding Series focuses on advanced skills for the wedding and event designers. It presupposes knowledge of certain techniques such as proper flower processing, basic arranging and familiarity with the florist’s knife, as gained through FSNY’s previous design programs.
The Wedding Series includes step-by-step instruction of five wedding-specific design skills including:
- Hand-wiring individual flowers for boutonnieres and head wreaths
- Wrapping and presenting personal flowers with branding
- A cascading bridal bouquet using hand-wiring techniques.
- Large scale urn designs for ceremony decor. Bigger IS better!
- Elevated centerpiece designs for the reception and the decoration of a Chuppah and flowering arch.
- Transportation and installation of large scale works.
Our students walk away from the Advanced Wedding Series with more than just design skills. This program focuses on planning, teamwork, budgets, workflow and profitability. This is not a simple design program. A great understanding of the large scale mechanics and design are central to success.
Class 14: Wiring Flowers for Head Wreaths and Boutonnieres (Day One: 10:00am – 1:00pm)
In this class students learn how to choose flowers for boutonnieres and head wreaths based on longevity and appropriateness for each application. Hand-wiring techniques will be demonstrated for specific flower types and then applied to each application. Students will take home a head wreath and boutonniere as created in class.
Class 15: Monumental Urn Arrangements (Day One: 12:00pm-5:00pm)
In this class, students will learn how to decorate a ceremony site with large-scale, 180-degree arrangements. A short talk will focus on vessel choice and scale of arrangements. The instructor will demonstrate how to prep a large-scale container with oasis and chicken wire, and create a three-sided arrangement that is structurally balanced as well as stunningly beautiful! Students will work in groups to recreate large-scale arrangements.
Class 16: Elevated Centerpiece Designs (Day Two: 10:00am – 12:00pm)
This class will feature elevated designs for events or weddings. This style allows for a floral component to be raised at least 24 inches off the table, which greatly changes the direction and viewpoint of the design. Students must concentrate on the viewer’s perspective as well as making a perfectly round design building on Oasis techniques from Class #3.
Class 17: Decorating Chuppahs and Arches with Flowers (Day Two: 1:00pm – 4:00pm)
A brief discussion on the meaning and appropriateness of Chuppahs, arches and canopies for wedding ceremonies. Construction of a canopy or Chuppah will be created and students will learn specific techniques for applying flowers to canopies. The floral canopy will be decorated collectively by the group, weather permitting, in our beautiful outdoor garden space.
Class 18: Cascading Bridal Bouquet (Day Three 10:00am – 2:00pm)
Students will learn how to create a modern, cascading bridal bouquet incorporating hand-wired blossoms with natural blooms. Students will learn how to wire stems to create length, how to manipulate stems and blooms to feature a flower’s best features and how to create a lush, cascading bouquet to produce an overall dramatic effect. Students will take home their romantic bouquets!
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