All the things. We do all the things.
I actually got this question a few weeks ago, about what I do during wedding week, and thought it would be great to share a look into what a wedding florist does each week for our brides. It's been my dream to do wedding flowers, and by the end of the day on Saturday, it feels good knowing that my bride had a relaxing day and didn't have to worry about setting up flowers or putting together a bouquet. She had fun and got married, which is how I believe it should be.
As for me, here is a little timeline:
The week before your wedding
Before your flowers even get to me, I have to prepare all the buckets and all the vases. So the buckets are where your flowers live while they are in my flower cooler, and the vases (or vessels) are where they live on your wedding day. Every single bucket and vessel needs to be very clean (no fingerprints or smudges!), and all those price stickers at the bottom of the vases need to be picked off. This just takes time, elbow grease, and listening to a lot of podcasts.
Yay! Your flowers are here! My studio instantly fills with the smell of fresh flowers, and I love it. But I actually can't stop to smell the roses, because they are very thirsty! I process each and every single flower, inspecting it to make sure it is in good condition, and then plop it in a bucket that I filled earlier that morning with water and a hydrating solution. Even a smaller wedding has maybe 200 individual flowers, so that is a lot of inspecting, cutting, and plopping!
On Wednesday morning I rush out to my flower cooler and check on your flowers. I mean that for real, the motto at Poesy is "...but first, flowers" and most times that means flowers before coffee. I have to process them all over again. Clean buckets, fresh water, fresh cut. These babies are probably just as pampered, if not more so, than the bride. If there are lots of centerpieces to design, I'll get started on those and store them in the cooler.
Wednesday on repeat. I'll design more too, like centerpieces and other reception items. Depending on how many centerpieces, this is pretty much an all day thing. Additionally, all other flowers must be processed and buckets cleaned and refilled again.
It's design day! I spend pretty much all day designing your bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and anything else I can do before arriving to your wedding venue the next day. This also includes packing your wedding flowers so they are still in mint condition after driving in the car to your wedding venue. (Here's a link to a timelapse video of me creating a bride's bouquet!
It's your wedding day! Honestly, I don't sleep very well the night before, so I always wake up before the sun. It's okay though because if that means that you had a restful night sleep knowing that your wedding day is going to be beautiful, it is more than worth it. I get up early and check every single flower on every single item to make sure it is beautiful and perfect and exactly what the bride dreamed of when she was planning her wedding. I finish up last minute adjusting and tweaking and it's time to start loading up the van to deliver to your venue!
So, there is a lot to pack for your wedding. If you asked for a floral arch, I need to pack the arch, a ladder, buckets of flowers (filled with water, too!), not to mention all. the. things. All of your centerpieces, personal bouquets and boutonnieres, and any extra flowers for your flower arch or flower chandelier or anything else you have dreamed up! All of this has to get packed up and then unloaded at your venue. My team and I then spend the day designing your dream wedding so that it is breathtaking, unique, and more than what you ever thought possible.
After it's all done, we pack up and let you enjoy your day. It really is the best feeling ever for me, knowing that you are happy and marrying the love of your life and are celebrating beautifully.
There's one more thing to do: cleaning all those buckets and vases again! It's the last step for me, but guess what? It's something that I do, not you. Can you imagine having to ask your family members to clean out your DIY centerpieces, or even worse, coming back from your honeymoon and finding gross vases to clean in your garage? I can tell you from experience: neither of those scenarios is pleasant!
I hope that was helpful for you and kind of interesting to see what all goes into producing your wedding. Ultimately, designing and creating wedding flowers is my dream job, and I feel so grateful to all the brides that trust me with their wedding dreams.
All photograhy by Marquette LaRee