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Have you ever been stressing out and overwhelming from the wedding bouquet-making process because it didn’t turn out as expected? I certainly have many times! There were even moments when tiny tears welled up in my eyes, and I felt stressed out by the outcome.
Today, I’d like to share ways how to manage my frustration and stress when these emotions arise during the bouquet-making process. Here are 8 ways I use to regain calmness, restore confidence, and ensure a successful bouquet-making experience.
If I find myself feeling overwhelmed while making bouquets, simply take a break. Set the bouquets down on the table or return them to vases, and step away.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea with some sweets, allowing myself a moment to calm down. Take in the surroundings, look outside, or focus on something different to refresh your perspective.
Remind myself that I can do this and regain confidence!
Creating a routine for bouquet-making can be a powerful tool. Personally, I prefer crafting the bride’s bouquets early in the morning before my team arrives at the studio. Waking up at 5 am, I stroll to my studio around 6:30 am, enjoying the quiet and fresh air. To set the mood, I play my favorite music and savored a cup of hot coffee. This routine not only motivats me but also provide a consistent environment for my bouquet-making.
Establishing a routine and creating the same emviroment help me focus and be present in the moment. Consistency in my schedule can lead to more consistent outcomes in my bouquet-making.
Consider incorporating a routine that aligns with your preferences and schedule!
While some floral designers may prefer tying a bouquet with floral tape, a rubber band, or a string only once at the end of the process, I believe it’s completely fine and helpful to tie up the bouquet two or three times or even more if necessary during the bouquet-making process.
Even if the beginning of the bouquet-making process goes smoothly and looks great, it’s common for the bouquet to become off-balanced as more flowers are added, causing them to shift to different positions.
Don’t hesitate to use tapes or strings multiple times; allow yourself to tie up the bouquet whenever needed to ensure the flowers stay in the desired position.
It might require some courage to take this step, but redoing the entire process can help to improve the quality of the bouquet. I understand that the thought of starting over, especially after investing a considerable amount of time, might be daunting.
However, when I felt stressed and uncertain about enhancing the bouquet, I found that redoing the entire process from the beginning can be beneficial. I recommend limiting redoing to once, as multiple attempts can damage the flowers and leave you fatigued.
Before giving it another go, take a brief moment to contemplate how you can adjust the process to achieve a better result.
Are you a perfectionist? If your answer is a yes, or even a hesitant yes, it’s time to remind yourself that it’s perfectly okay not to achieve the exact, beautifully balanced bouquet you envisioned.
Dedication to the quality of work is commendable, but sometimes, striving for a perfect result in our mind can be a never-ending pursuit. Once you’ve achieved a pleasing color palette and an overall appealing shape, it’s okay to stop and set the bouquet aside.
I believe that success in bouquet-making lies in obtaining the right materials, with the right color palette, and giving them the proper treatment. It’s not all about putting the materials together nicely. So, if you have all the beautiful materials in your hands, know that you’ve already handled the hard part. Be confident; your clients will be pleased with your bouquets!
When do you typically make wedding bouquets? In the early days of my wedding business, I used to create the bouquets one day before the wedding. However, I later adjusted my schedule to make them two days prior, allowing more time for adjustments and reducing stress.
If you can create the bouquet two days before (for example, on Thursday for Saturday weddings) and find yourself not completely satisfied with the result, take a step back. Returning to your work the next day with fresh eyes can help to make better bouquets. Staring at the bouquet for a long time might lead to confusion about color and weight balance.
If you’re not entirely happy with the outcome, pause the bouquet-amaking process, tie it up lightly, store it in the cooler, and make necessary adjustments the following day!
I encountered more challenges in the bouquet-making process when dealing with large, heavy blooms (such as Sunflowers, Peonies, Protea Kings, or large Dahlias), or when working with a limited number of fillers.
If you have the option to swap out large flowers for others or if there are smaller blooms in the same bunch, making a switch can help achieve better balance. Heavy stems tend to shift positions easily with each addition of other flowers, and large, flat-faced blooms may create a surface that appears flat.
Moreover, having a small amount of fillers makes it more challenging to keep the flowers in position. In such cases, be sure to include more fillers (like Spray roses, Achillea, Celosia, Aster, Phlox, or greens) to provide support.
If the flower stems are curved, or the flower heads are facing downward or in another direction, support the stems or adjusting the direction of the flower heads by adding wires. It can make the bouquet-making process easier and smooth.
Choosing the right materials is truly key to successful bouquet-making. If you encounter difficulties, consider reselecting your materials for a better result!
I’ve been enjoying using the StemSlider to make wedding bouquets. Because the flowers easily shift from right to left, middle to side, up to down in your hands, it’s challenging to control the position of the flowers while creating bouquets by hand.
But by using the StemSlider tool, the flowers are likely to stay in a position similar to adding flowers into vases to make centerpieces. This tool makes the bouquet-making process easier and more enjoyable!
What is StemSlider? StemSlider is a bouquet-making tool that we created. It sets on a glass cylinder that allows us to use both hands and keep all the flowers hydrated in water while making bouquets, as if we were creating centerpieces.
If you are interested in the StemSlider, please check here to learn more!
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