Our wedding flower process.. start to finish

An Elegant Four Seasons Winter Wedding

A Look Behind the Scenes:

As wedding florists, we spend a lot of time on each of our weddings, and we love every minute of it! Today, we wanted to share a behind the scenes look into the passion and energy spent on each.

Typically, we’ll begin working with our newly engaged brides 8-12 months prior to their wedding. Our initial consultation is spent brainstorming style concepts, discussing color palettes and playing with flower types. After discussing all floral needs, we’ll custom create a detailed proposal that includes line item pricing and numerous visuals. Over the next few months, we’ll typically make a few revisions to our initial ideas. As details are nailed down, we will change our concepts accordingly. The reception table count is usually last to be finalized.

Once it is, we’ll place one large order on an Xcel spreadsheet with all of the bride’s favorite blooms into our wholesaler. This spreadsheet specifies exactly the flower variety, color and quantity we need for the entire wedding. The entire process includes roughly six to ten hours of labor, depending on how many meetings and changes we have made to the proposal during the planning process.

On the Wednesday or Thursday prior to the wedding, our wholesaler will have this order pulled and waiting for us in their cooler, at which point we’ll check each bloom and bunch carefully for quality, quantity and color accuracy.

The flower coolers at the wholesaler (Amatos of Denver) 

Our spreadsheets 

Examples of product and how it is packaged as we look over each variety

Next, we’ll take these wedding flowers back to our studio where we will ‘process’ them. Each bloom will need to unpacked and unwrapped, stripped of any leaves/thorns, given a fresh cut and placed into water. Based on the size of the wedding, this could take hours! This does leave our studio smelling incredible. The more fragile blooms will be immediately placed in the cooler to maintain freshness while sturdier blooms, like roses, that need to stay out and open (for beautiful presentation) will be placed on countertops at room temperature.

We’ll have already pre-planned how many stems of each flower type will go in each floral item (noted on those spreadsheets) so there is never a worry of running out of product. Vases, vessels and supplies will already be pulled and prepped to speed up the design process, which is by far our favorite part! Below, we begin separating flowers for bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpiece creation.

Separating stems for bouquets

Boutonniere creation

Centerpiece creation (before above and after, below)

The morning of wedding, everything will be checked one last time for overall beauty. Each item will be carefully removed from our coolers and boxed up for transport. Winter weddings, like this one can be challenging in Colorado, as we’ll need to cover each piece with plastic to protect them from the snow and cold! Once onsite, we’ll unpack everything, Windex any glassware to remove fingerprints, mist the flowers with water and begin setup. Bouquets will be handed out, boutonnieres will be pinned on and final touches are made to the ceremony and reception decor.

Centerpieces packed securely in boxes

Bouquets transported in a touch of water to preserve freshness 

Items unpacked and cleaned prior to placement on tables at The Four Seasons

Handing a bride, her bridal bouquet and watching her reaction is the most satisfying part of our job! Not to mention when the couple sees their reception space for the first time.

And now, enjoy these beautiful photos of Priscilla and Manny’s wedding at The Four Seasons Hotel Denver taken by the talented Jared Wilson.

One Comment

  1. Posted February 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm by Suzanne Barlow | Permalink

    i had NO idea there were so many steps! This is a great resource for all of us that love flowers but don’t have to make them perfect for others.

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