Floral Transport and Boutonnieres


Create Wedding Flower Centerpieces and Bouquets


Lesson Info

Floral Transport and Boutonnieres

We're going to start with choosing our flowers for our boat nears for it will do the button years first just so we can go through some of the sole of the boot nears I think that you don't want to make it too big you would make it too small something just right and also just again as with everything else we've done give it a kind of ah element of surprise somebody look and see what I have because usually what I'm doing weddings it's the last thing I do so I just use whatever it's leftover unless it's been specifically asked of me to use a specific flower I'll just find whatever I have left to work with before the last segment ended I wanted to share with you how yesterday I was asked how I transport my centerpieces for weddings and events and I brought my wonderful um, helper hand tool here I love it it's it's really saved my life with, um, taking my arrangements which are really intricate and they take a lot of work and keeping them intact. This wonderful thing was made by seminal flor...

al delivery system, which is a mom and pop shop in florida it's this young s actually a pop really because it's a man an old man who makes these and I think he's a genius if you're watching you're amazing you've saved my life thank you so the way this works is, for example, I'll take my arrangement and put it here you can put as many as depending on the size of the arrangement as many as six um for, um or even just one if it's a really large one. So you put this here, you put this here, you secure it on the other side on dh wella that's it it doesn't go anywhere, you know, if the truck is shaking or whatnot, which undoubtedly it does, it does for me all the time in san francisco, especially and then there's taller ones for taller centerpieces or pedestal vases that are taller on dh shorter ones for those that are smaller and shorter to secure. Anyway, this is my system for those of you who wanted to know, do you you put the flat bottom in the in the car first, then you know, I put them I fill these up with flower, you know, with my arrangements and then take the tray and put it in the van you're actually speaking of which ava and heaven wild flower, who is the person joining us from singapore, wanted to know everything that you just said and they actually had questions about what do you do if it's taller, what do you do if it's shorter, right? So and it's just the side of the spokes I suppose right it's these guys that really are the key for the shorter and the taller arrangements you know again for the tall ones pedestal you can use these and for the shorter ones you use these and for the medium height right here now the last question though eva did want to understand how do you ensure that the stems don't shift around it's not just a matter of making sure that things aren't touching space exactly know so when I placed it maybe I should have used one that already had flowers I can also tell you is that I'll show you um so here's a centerpiece all just this's not tall enough, maybe all you so what if I put the other ones that I haven't up here so you just go around and place them and this one is a little bit loose, so I'm gonna make sure that I put another one right here and look doesn't go anywhere and, um, if I don't want it to be touched by another, you know, other stems uh, my other put like, one right over here and another one over here and that way they don't really get, um they don't get messed up basically and that's great when when they're thinking how many of these should I order it really depends on right it depends on the kind of arrangements you make how big they are what you what is your how you going to utilize this and what your arrangement looks like so I would probably put two of these guys here have transported and that's the seminal for criminals floral delivery system in florida that was pretty much my my next question but did you have the ship t where did you actually go so he ships them to me? Oh, yeah I mean he's hey was very helpful we I don't know I wasn't the one who found out about this my husband was the one who found it so he was the one who put in the order but I know that he had asked him questions about what we what we wanted he even has a little for if you make if you're for example, going to do a table with all sorts of eclectic arrangements like single arrangements, little tiny vases he even has stuff for that, you know that that will would like potentially grab the neck on one side and then the nick on the other side so that then you have to arrangement it's kind of each clip um it's really adjust he's thought about everything he was pretty good yeah, we'll put this thing back in the artist's mind to worry about yeah, you don't want to think about transporting he clearly has done this one way or another to know what it needs what what a person like me would need um to make it so great but there's a story in there somewhere I'm sure there is so back to boot nears that everybody have an oculus no that's like so we have plenty here to use for five so I'm thinking this would be kind of pretty to use maybe we'll use this or maybe we should wonder if we have enough to use this for chris challenges to listen, how many we have and this is exactly the kind of stuff I go through at home at the end for chris colleges and putin ears so let me count thes one too three four, five how many do you have there? Okay three so we have plenty. I have at least five here that I could use that we could all use for our chris charges, so we'll save this here and we can use this for our boat near let's choose it's kind of cool because it's this already a smaller flower so we don't have to worry about you. You don't have a list too this give you one, two, three, four good you think you ae give you thank you you can play around with, um and everybody has explosion grass so yes it's my favorite in case you didn't know use it the hole so we'll use a little bit of explosion grass we just wanted it it's going to be a very tiny thing so we wanted one once them would do and I'm going to cut mine like this this seems a little big so I'll put it back in here maybe all he is a little bit smaller one so here are material really that we will use one, two and three that's it do you girls like that? You think that's pretty enough I think it's just fine. I'm going to go ahead. This is a little iffy on the tuxedo, so let's, just be safe and take all of these off for the lilly's. Lilly, uh, what do you call these things calling paula? Yeah, statement or pistol? That sounds more technical e name that sounds about right. Anatomy of a flower beca do you know I actually don't? Um yeah, I don't I'm not a nursery person, which is slightly different. I know a little bit about some of the nursery plans um and some of the common names, if you will, but not necessarily the science or yeah, I am sound familiar from science yeah, about it a little bit, yeah, yeah it doesn't really matter what you call him out they're not gonna be part of this having third grade flashback so make sure that we're taking all of these we're cleaning this up basically so that it doesn't leave paula or anything like that on your groom or groomsmen outfit have a funny story about puttin ears when I first started my business I, uh somehow one of the, uh one of the kids from our local high school good wind that I do or god wind of me and during prom which was about I guess it was may or maybe april not your high school prom one of them called to see if I would make putin ears on chris hodges and I said sure thatyou're just one no problem well, let me tell you one of them got it and then by the time he took his home I must have had thirty more orders of boot nears. And chris sarge is for this high school prom and they were also the kids were just so cute and they would come with their girlfriends and pick it up and I thought it was nice it's amazing how children talks to each other good form it was good for my business and actually I think they taught that in a senior photography course I remember hearing about the power of the big talker in high school so this is it I have placed mine the way I think it looks it's best how have you girls done yours? Since we're doing these very much identical let's make sure that we look the same can you see explosion grass in the back behind boat? Because it looked pretty against fabric. Now the boot nears its supposed to be simplistic with you know how many's a maximum amount of variety variety I don't know I say this is pretty this is maximum right? I mean, I like to use a lot of stuff sometimes people just use a single rose or a single orchid which I think is pretty chic also but to go along with my garden style I wanted teo and with the style of our bouquets and our bulletin ears were are centerpieces were imagining that our bride and groom are our big into garden style arrangements. So for that high school dance did you make them different are all fine made of all different they and they came back to me and told one of them when I left a really beautiful um review for me on yelp and then told me that she would come back when she got married another I have a bunch of other ones called me and said that theirs was so unique and it looks so different than anybody else everybody else's at the party so that made my day that's something good to remember if you're designing something for many different clients that are going to the same place nobody no girl wants to show up in the same dress and that's what they told me that uh yeah they wanted to know where it was I who had made their button years for them so it's pretty straightforward let's start it's like making a little bouquet many ok wei don't want to start it too well I guess we do want to start of high up in after that it won't uh unravel so let's start this is like a fingers with below the bud or a little closer up at the neck I just where do you come and look at this perfect great right here my guess is if you can rotate this so that you can see it better yeah exactly that's perfect and then yes really quickly replaced yes how much are you taping it down don't tape it down too much because you don't want to look ugly table probably okay right you don't want that to she wanted to look clean perfect yeah as little as you can use the time but also be able to secure it perfect and make sure that you pull this tape this tape is pretty stretchable so pull it to give yourself a nice secure taping I'll do it once more and then it's done now some people don't like for the stems to show um and some don't mind it at all for me, I like the steps to show a little bit because it goes along with my style um I don't like you like it when it's just all the way rap down to the bottom of the, um, of the stems. So I'm going to consider this is just going to be a little bouquet for me, and then there are two ways you could approach this you could either used twine and make it really rustic or you can use depending on if it's a really formal wedding or not, you could use the ribbon that you have used with the bride's or the bridesmaids bouquets, so I'm just doing this to give you an idea of what it could look like. You just used twine wrapping the twine just how hard the world table exactly, so it would be all the way. So are we decided that we're going to use twine or um do you want to use twine or do you want to use ribbon? I like the idea of lying, okay, so let's use torn because the man does traditionally where the boot near should it be more masculine or feminine? It depends on how formal your wedding is, where it's being like if it's a I would say that you don't want to use twined for a black tie wedding, for example you wanted to be more you know, it's that that's what that's when the satin or the silk ribbon comes in more dressy ribbon is just more dressy um but otherwise if you get mad on a farm or a bar or something like that, this is really pretty. So are you using are you keeping some link? Yeah, I didn't do that here because I was thinking I was going to switch to ribbon, but I'm going to this again and it'll be good for our viewers to sure so you when you leave some space so that you can go on make a little bo o k do you make the bow at the top or in the middle? Um right in the middle okay, I'm gonna leave some more space I'll do it again so we're going to finish with the bow in the middle with the twine yes. How tight are you having it? Not so tied that's going toe oh, break my, um stems but tight enough to keep it all together. This is the part that's. Tricky. You guys are all concentrating so hard. Yeah are delicate. I know you guys are very focused now focused. I do want to let you know that the chat room did come to our help when you were asking about the anatomy of the flower question heaven wildflower did confirm that those were statements that you guys were pulling off nice thank you yeah big points for rachel way always appreciate it when the chat room could help us out with those question and for having wild flower yeah it's great now is it important to keep some water near while you're preparing the boot nair's so what I do is um I take a little shallow bowl I try to keep these as long as I can and I keep a shallow ble a near me where I'll put my foot because I make him the night before or even that morning before the wedding you still want him to be in water and then I'll put that inside the fridge and it looks lovely on you could always trim them yeah I want to live right before you give it to them and that keeps them even more fresh throughout the evening or afternoon we covered this a little bit yesterday flower man asked if you ever sprinkle flour food on the boot and air to keep it strong no no just clarify no michelle yes I've never done this but I've heard that some florist might make a second okay for the groom if it's a really hot area just for photos maybe and you know after all the hugs they contend against you now I have done that I've made some extras and um I've given it to them in case they wanted teo wanted a different one so I'm just going toe for today's purposes I'm going to cut this to show you what it will look like maybe even a little bit I like this length but some people might want a little bit shorter but this is it on then I usually leave it with where is where those pants off right here I put him in a box all together and leave them with a couple of pants like this just for extra on each and are those pins something that you can pick up just at your ray are heidi store yeah these were from michael's or joan's fabric or anywhere really you could even get a musty vi s I bet it's just really cute yeah and right here so can have when you made those thirty boot nears for high schoolers up yeah how much did you charge let's see I think each was like course aj was twenty dollars and a boat near ten I'm not sure I think so yeah it's a lot of work my hands were hurting a lot at the end of the day it doesn't seem like it's a lot but it is beautiful so those were pretty identical I would say you should bring them you should bring them on put him right here so we can see that would be great you needed more grass? Yeah I was apart there's definitely a consistent pattern very well done yes go team front row okay, the magnets that you combine there a little bit expensive oh yeah but it's because I sometimes I've had real trouble getting up in yeah yeah alright way yeah uh yeah they're a little bit bulky but yes, I had a groom who had a big thing with not putting didn't want to put pins through so he just put it inside his pocket so and I didn't like the look of that but it was right where is the right place? Because on a man's lapel on his suit there's the little buttonhole on dh right next year button hole right next to the hall okay that's something I often see it weddings where groomsmen left to their own devices put it over the pocket they put it they stick it inside the buttonhole thank you aunt and so you have to you definitely have to pin it on right next to the sounds like a block post three I've done it. I'm glad you brought that up because in the chat room christie had asked about that and now that something do you explain to them how to do it? Do you pin them on ourselves if I can catch the groom? Usually I don't see the groom because he's not even dressed when I go there so I explained to him, you know hey be be be sure to do this and that and sometimes if if I see them I say that but if I don't then I'm hoping that the bride will will help or the mother of the groom or bro notice for sure yeah getting back to the pinning I know that well, I don't want to put you on this bar I'll go, but it might actually be helpful to see you hen a booty near suri open to that of course, maybe I could use myself yeah, I feel like you probably would be better a car on the pocket sweater doesn't really work too well you have a snag on your sweater I well, it's all right now he's so many secret tips I think t keep it from from tipping over I mean that's the biggest concern, so I would say that the trick would be to grab it up top as far up as you can, right? So that it doesn't so that it won't have you won't allow it to basically drip drape does that make sense? I'll explain it that I guess hold on you wantto without hurting this stems you want to grab it higher up close to the actual bud versus all the way down so that it won't tip over like this and then you grab the lapel or in this case my pocket yeah, I just didn't want to come up and kind of see what's going on here you want to go take a look help out? How does it look? Usually have until her straight up I like it tilt it is it not tilted enough? Like I wanted them straight? Well, because I don't have if I had a lapel actually be putting in that direction so I would be doing it I should be doing it sideways now are you able to maybe pin it on? Becca is to show our another angle so here's how it would be you don't have anything good lapel here. Okay, so does does the booty near always require a jacket? Because there are a lot of informal wedding suspenders spenders? Okay, always on the left, though I like it there. That's what I think it looks I don't know better consistency whenever you choose getting that needle tip for that pin tip yeah securely tucked away, yes, but surely and safely without it showing right it's a little bit on the side ofthe aside because of that. But you can't see it and it's there I would if it was a it wasn't a sweater if it would stick to it easier the tighter so but yeah, that was the idea I hope that helps me a lot cannady over label the boot near so that they know which one is for so I put for the groom I make it a little bit more special here we wanted to make him all the same but the group usually has one little extra element or a different flower off some sort and then the groomsmen all have the same look if you want I could make one to show how I would make the groom is a little bit special, shall we? So I would I think with what I have available I'll make it with this this is so pretty um grab it from down here and now this is one that you definitely have to keep in water until um yet to the groom and should it tie into her bouquet yes in this case we're going to imagine that this was in the okay, but we don't we didn't use this and they're ok, but if we had a bouquet that had these in it, then it would be perfect it's like you're picking from your own garden over there maybe it's just a myth, but I've heard that the tradition of wearing course ashes from the time when humans didn't bathe us frequently and so you would put something fragrant that's fine your collar that's like that smith they say about the french coming up with the perfume because they didn't shower very often I don't like the look of this leave I'm going to change it. I'm better looking than this maybe I'll use one of these ones as well all yours around and so you're now just uh no I'm just going to put the floral tape around it without it being too rotated. What do you make these last? But yes and I talked and I put him in water um for as long as I possibly can and in fridge in the fridge you know, I think the boom years in the chorus hajis are a nice place to add a special touch and I think you might do this with the with the name tags you know, even if you don't know everyone's name ground bride yes, I'm nice right now you remind us of the order again of the entire t let's say that you were creating a flat a floral design for an entire wedding that spanned all the way from scrutineers course arges the bouquets, the centerpieces yeah, I start with my centerpieces. Of course, I I've purchased different flowers for different um, you know, for I have more flowers for my bill case then I would for centerpieces, but what I do start with generally are the centerpieces because I think of those as my big chunk that I have to get out of the way on dh then I will basically I just kind of go we'll go till it's all done and um I will make the bouquets after um and then I will make the putin using chris sarge is if I have the energy left at night I'll make the chris charges that same night otherwise I'll get up really early in the morning and make them then and you always start with the bride's bouquet for yes because yeah I start with that and then I'll see what I have left from that to kind of incorporate a little bit from from that into my I'm going to use the ribbon into the bridesmaids for case and again these ribbons that you purchase you have your fear it yeah location I like bright expert ticks and sarah sisko has just beautiful variations I mean they're three floors um fabric store there I think three or four fours from not mistaken fabric as well as a whole floor dedicated to all sorts of ribbons expensive ones and not so expensive ones this one was want to say five or three and a half per yard they have ones that are forty nine dollars per yard yes wow what those made out of they're french on dh they're made out of silk and they are patterned and they're sicker so if you want something really decadent on your bouquet you khun do that some people really like to dress up their bouquet with bouquets with um there are ribbons the trouble with that is that well then how much are you going to charge for the bouquet if you've spent a hundred dollars plus on your ribbon so but those are all of the things that you need to consider yes yeah so um if I may ask what is the range in terms of from the kind of the minimum price that you charge for you know maybe a very simple intimate wedding to something really grand and your charge or just people in general if you have a general honestly I tell you I think that it's it's like asking me how much is there's a cost for a purse yeah well you can get a purse from ross for ten dollars and you can get a purse from leave it on for three thousand dollars and up so it's all a matter of what you're paying for I would never pay that much for purse personally I don't believe in it I want something that's beautiful um but it's basically I have seen bouquet people making bouquets anywhere from fifty dollars, two thousand dollars now it depends on what's in it maybe it's a bouquet of just all hide rangers in which cases then cost them very much or just regular roses which don't cost that much versus garden road is is um or maybe it's just a huge huge bouquet of um lily of the valley well that's going to cost a lot more because one little bundle of lily of the valley is what forty five dollars on a good day local so um it's that kind of stuff that determined the price of on then of course the designer it's you know herself or himself how much what? You know what what do they think their work is worth and how much people are willing to pay for that designer's work and of course if you're making this for yourself, it really just has to do with what time can you put into it? So if you're making this for yourself, then obviously you just paying for for the flowers em on the time that is going to take you the time that'll take away from what else you have to do, I guess but of course you're going to make a lot it's going to be a lot more achieved um financially achievable to make something really beautiful and unique if you're doing it yourself because then you're just paying for the flowers and that's it and the vase perhaps off course I was thinking of the bouquet but today's yes, of course the vase, the ribbon what you want to incorporate within your, um your bouquets and arrangements so here's another one another example of garden style a little bit different than the other one real question yes, I was just wondering if it's some of your weddings you have also done other floral elements like maybe where they're getting married the ceremony site sort of like um we have like a garland type and you do that on site I do there's no way around that unless you're making garlands which is something we should have done which we were not doing next time if you're making garlands then that needs to be done at home and you have to keep in mind you are just in the office um or studio you have to keep in mind what kind of flowers are going to use to not, um basically you know, be able to hold it keep it for a day until the wedding but I've done back drops for weddings that somebody wanted me to do in an entire backdrop of flowers basically like hank strings of flowers which I did on dh that took a lot of time but it was really pretty really lovely but it's a lot of work to get those the flowers on strings and then make sure that you have an abundant amount of flowers that doesn't look spars what kind of flower to you so it doesn't die right away all that caesar was you would you adorn one of these fantastic putin here? I would absolutely wear one of those yeah no I mean I'd be very concerned about messing it up for getting it squashed by hugs. But, I mean, it looks beautiful, as long as he has a passion the right way you could last. They do get squashed. But that's, toward the end of the day after the ceremony, usually is always good for the ceremony. Yeah, that's, fine that's, the high fives before the ceremony. Back touching. Don't close. Yes.

Class Description

Memorable weddings are all about the details - from the shy flower girl to the spirited bouquet toss. Flowers are our way of symbolizing the living, budding love of a couple. Join renowned florist Kiana Underwood for a 2-day course dedicated to teaching you how to turn a simple floral design into a work of art.

During this hands-on event, Kiana will cover every aspect of designing and creating gorgeous bridal and attendant bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and wedding flower centerpieces. You’ll explore what makes a cohesive floral design as Kiana guides you through methods of pairing flowers based on color, style, scent, and even significance. Kiana will cover ways to gain inspiration for new arrangements from the colors, seasons, and locally-available flowers all around you. You’ll also learn about incorporating unexpected elements and home garden-sourced flowers in your designs. The lush, organic arrangements you learn to create in this workshop will be as unique and stylish as the couple they celebrate.



I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Instructions were clear and Kiana's work was beautiful. She gave excellent tips to simplify bouquet assembly. Based on this course, I created the bouquets for my daughter's wedding and they were a huge success.