So the flowers have been planned and ordered for weeks, and now it’s finally time to bring everything to fruition. Wedding week can be a little chaotic, but it always follows a similar flow.
7-5 Days Before
The earliest days of preparation are spent confirming assistants/freelancers, deliveries and pickup times for flowers and rentals, and checking in with the Wedding Planner, Bride, and Venue as needed.
5-4 Days Before:
I usually try to clean all buckets and vases from previous events as soon as that event is over, but sometimes I missed a few buckets or I’ve gotten some new vases that need to be cleaned with soap and water, and I make sure to get this done before the flowers have arrived. After that’s done, I organize all hard goods (rentals, décor, equipment, etc.) that will be coming to the venue with me.
3 Days Before:
Since I don’t own a cooler, I like to receive all of my flowers and greenery 2-3 days before the event to give them time to rehydrate before I design with them. Once they arrive, I clean and condition them and set them up in water buckets to hydrate.
2-1 Days Before
I typically spend the two days leading up to the event building all of the designs that I can pre-build, saving the most delicate, such as boutonnieres and corsages, for last.
The night before the event is spent reconfirming all timelines, driving routes, and the order list to make sure I haven’t forgotten to make anything, and I try to pack up the van as much as possible to make the next day less stressful.
Wedding Day can be a long day, sometimes spent in the middle of nowhere, so I always make sure to pack plenty of water and snacks before I go back through my packing list, check and double check the Order list, and then head to the venue to set up! If it’s a wedding where I need to break things down afterwards, I’ll return near the end to do so and then bring everything back to the shop to unload before calling it a day.
A Few Days After
To wrap up the event, I send thank-you emails to the client and Wedding Planner a few days later (to give everyone a chance to decompress). I truly appreciate every client and vendor I work with that make my job a dream job!
Happy Floristing everyone!