How to Become a Floral Designer

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Do you have a passion for flowers and all things botanical? Would you love a career that allows you to incorporate work with flowers? If you’re a creative type looking for a fun and fulfilling career that ties in your love for florals then read on and find out more about the role of a floral designer and how to become one!

So what is a floral designer?

Good question. The role of a floral designer is slightly different from that of a traditional florist. Like a florist, you’ll be working with flowers so it is essential that you gain knowledge of flowers and floristry skills.

But the role of an event floral designer is so much more than just flower arranging!

At its simplest, a floral designer is a creative who arranges cut flowers and greenery to create a beautiful decorative display. Where an event floral designer may differ from a florist is in the context of how they work and the scale at which they work.
Event floral designers will work on large one-off projects such as weddings and special events and will often specialise in these types of events.
Unlike a florist, you will not have a shop front and you won’t be offering the additional day to day services including one off small arrangements and standard bouquets. In this way setting up as a floral designer is far easier; you don’t need to invest in retail premises, you only have to order in specific florals and you will have taken a deposit before you have to make those orders. How to Become a Floral Designer

Do you have the making of a floral designer?

So now you know what a floral designer does let’s delve a little deeper and look at what qualities and skills you need to make a success of a career in floral design.
  • You need to be creative and have an eye for colour and design. Your designs must look good and appeal to your ideal client. You need to be a good communicator as you will be translating your client’s vision into reality. Organisational skills are a MUST as there is a huge amount of prep involved when you are working on an event and long hours and lots of lifting will be involved. You are working with fresh produce so you can’t prep too far in advance which can mean longer hours just before an event.
When working on a wedding or event a floral designer is likely to use their knowledge of colour, design, composition and arrangement to create something special that adds to the overall creation of an experience for that event. If you think this sounds like the perfect role for you then read on to find out how to get started! Certificate in Floral Design

What do I need to do to become a floral designer?

When it comes to floral design there are skills that will need to be learned. You CANNOT just purchase some flowers and wing it on a client’s wedding or event because you love flowers and have made some lovely arrangements for your dining table. Firstly, you will need to gain the required fundamental knowledge and develop the floristry techniques that will allow you to create floral arrangements and installations that will not only wow your clients but importantly last the duration of the event.
  • You’ll need to gain some form of training that will mean you can confidently:
  • Order wholesale cut flowers and foliage
  • Take delivery of flowers and foliage, and condition the flowers ready to be designed
  • Advise clients on the best choice of flowers and the seasonal availability of the flowers
  • Create inspiring mood boards for your clients
  • Create client proposals and price up all floral elements
  • Work to a client’s budget
  • Deliver and install finished floral designs
  • Manage breakdowns including collecting any containers or props such as candelabra, vases, backdrops, pedestals, plinths etc
Our Certificate in Floral Design will teach you what you need to know to start out as a floral designer; from flower theory and the basics of how to work with flowers, to practical demos that will show you how to create everything from bridal bouquets to floral installations.

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David Tutera

Leading Wedding & Entertaining Expert, David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle.

He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. Tutera’s grandfather, a successful florist, first noticed his grandson’s artistic ability at an early age and encouraged David to pursue his destiny. At age 19, with the sound advice of his grandfather and only one client, David opened his own event planning business.

Today, David Tutera presides over an award winning company built from experience, dedication and Tutera’s natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision. David Tutera has a natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision.

Honored by Life & Style Magazine as “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner,” David’s impressive client list includes Jewel, Star Jones’ wedding, Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong’s wedding, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul’s wedding, NY Giants Antonio Pierce’s wedding, Shannen Doherty’s wedding and events for Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Brandy and Ray J, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Lil’ Kim, the Official Post Grammy Parties in New York City, Elton John, Barbara Walters, the Rolling Stones, Nancy Reagan, Prince Charles, The White House, private events for the Vice President, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Susan Lucci, The John F. Kennedy Center, as well as countless film premieres and celebrity parties for royalty, politicians and socialites.

Tutera has also designed events for several charities including the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. David has made guest appearances on Today, Extra!, Good Morning America, The View, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, The Talk, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams and many more. In addition People, USA Today, In Touch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Bridal Guide and Town & Country have all featured his work.

Tutera has also made special television appearances in the popular daytime soap, The Young & the Restless and TV Land’s The Exes. David lives in Los Angeles with his husband Joey, daughter Cielo and their rescue dog Lucy.