Macquarie Community College
Wedding flowers add the additional touch to personalise this special day. The course covers church flower arrangements; natural stemmed posy for the bride and bridesmaid, plus a flower girl basket and circlet; wired cake top, corsage, wrist and handbag spray, bridesmaid’s headpiece; reception table centres using candles; wired wedding bouquet and matching headpiece. Students are encouraged to bring their own ideas and questions to the class
Topics covered “Welcome bowl” for Church or reception Natural stemmed bouquet for bride or bridesmaid/ Flowergirl’s basket/ Flowergirl’s headpiece (select two of three) Table centres for a wedding reception (choose one from the three options) Wired wedding bouquet
Telephone teacher in advance for advice as to which of the following you may be able to attempt. Deanne Chapman’s contact details are: Mobile: 0411 209 136 e-mail: email@example.com
“Welcome bowl” for Church or reception You will need: (a) an Executive bowl or super-bowl, containing oasis that absorbs water and fitted with a guard, (b) a good armful of greenery: a variety of foliage looks good, e.g. fishbone fern, cypress pine, camellia leaves, grey gum, a little ivy, spear grass, tortured willow, etc., and (c) three different types of long stemmed flowers, e.g., gladioli, carnations, lisianthus, gerbera, roses, iris, delphinium, or even a selection of native flowers if they tone with the bouquets and bridal theme. The flowers may be all in white, or in colours to tone with the bridesmaid’s fabric. Natural stemmed bouquet for bride or bridesmaid/ Flowergirl’s basket/ Flowergirl’s headpiece (select two of three) 1. Bouquet: If using roses only, you will need four or five bunches of roses with at least 40 cm stems (if the roses are small, you will need 5 bunches (50 roses.)) Lilies and roses look good, or lilies, roses and lisianthus. Small gerberas can also be good mixed with other flowers. Tulips (if in season) can be used alone or with other flowers. Camellia leaves are a suitable type of foliage to surround the bouquet. Silver or gold ribbon, or ribbon to tone with the flowers is also required ( Dodda vine, available during the cold months, also looks great tied in a bow). Bring 22 & 24 gauge wire and a roll of green parafilm. 2. Flowergirl basket: Bring a small flat basket with handle. If the size of the basket allows, a No.5 bowl with a round oasis can be secured, or if the basket is small, a piece of oasis can be wrapped in Gladwrap, a small piece of gutter-guard attached to the top and anchored to the basket. You will need some 24 gauge florist wire (to attach oasis to basket), some soft green leaves, and small, dainty flowers to tone with fabric. If desired, you may like to bring around 2
metres of narrow ribbon to wind around handle. Bring 24 gauge wire and roll of green parafilm. 3. Flowergirl’s headpiece: You may create a circlet of flowers, or an “Alice band” style. You will need small dainty flowers e.g., mini roses or micro carnations, and Misty blue (or babies breath). Also, about a metre of narrow ribbon to tie at back if doing the circlet. Bring 24 gauge wire and a roll of green parafilm. Bring a few bobby pins and I will show you how to attach the headpiece. Wired cake top, corsage, wrist spray, bridesmaid’s headpiece (if you are proficient at wiring flowers, you may be able to complete three items) You will need small dainty flowers, e.g., two stems of Singapore orchids, some mini roses or micro carnations, plus Misty blue or babies breath. If you plan on doing the cake top, bring larger roses which can look wonderful trailing over a wedding cake. Cymbidium orchids (available only in winter and early spring) are also beautiful used in a corsage or for a cake top. You will also need 22 gauge and 24 gauge wire, and green parafilm, plus a metre or two of narrow ribbon to match the flowers in the corsage. Table centres for a wedding reception (choose one from the three options) 1. Traditional: Bring one No. 6 bowl with wet oasis and guard, plus an assortment of greenery, and two or three types of flowers. Candles to tone with flowers, 18 gauge wire, and green parafilm. 2. Modern arrangement for the top of a spaghetti jar: You will need a No 6 bowl with wet oasis and guard, two or three bunches long stemmed flowers, e.g., iris, delphinium, roses, carnations, and lots of foliage. I will bring my spaghetti jar to show how effective it looks. 3. Bowl to sit in/on a wrought iron candelabra: You will need a No. 6 bowl with wet oasis and guard, lilies, roses, and lots of greenery, including trailing greenery.
Wired wedding bouquet
This is a rather ambitious project for such a class, and it is strongly recommended that you wire and parafilm the flowers before the class. Bring a selection of flowers, either all white or in various compatible colours, e.g., lilies, roses, lisianthus, and/or Singapore orchids. For greenery, camellia leaves, and/or leather fern are suitable. You will also need 20 gauge, 22 gauge, and 24 gauge wire, green parafilm, and wide satin ribbon to wind on the handle. If you did not attempt the headpiece on Day 2, and you have time, you may care to attempt an “Alice band” design bridal headpiece to match the bouquet. You will need small dainty flowers, e.g., mini roses or Singapore orchids, and leather fern for greenery. Loops of pearls or stemmed crystals can also be added if desired. Bring a few bobby pins and I will show you how to attach the headpiece. Some suppliers: Flowerama, Unit 27, 8 Gladstone Road, Castle Hill. Tel. 96802320. Floristry Sundries The Wild Bunch, 1-3 James Street, Waitara. Tel. 94777855. Dried Flowers Kellyville Flower Spot, 64 Windsor Road, Baulkham Hills. Tel. 96292756. Fresh & Dried Flowers