Plan arrangement according to client's requirements, utilizing knowledge of design and properties of materials, or select appropriate standard design pattern. Water plants, and cut, condition, and clean flowers and foliage for storage.
Necessary Skills and Education
Degrees in floriculture, horticulture and ornamental horticulture provide additional educational options for floral designers. Typical courses in these degree programs include botany, soil management, hydrology, chemistry, marketing and business management. Though not a requirement for employment, certification is offered by the American Institute of Floral Designers. Certification requirements include passing a written exam and a 4-hour hands-on exam. During the hands-on portion, test-takers must design various floral arrangements, including arrangements for funerals and weddings.
Scissors, floral tape, floral clay, floral wire, floral foam, pliers, adhesive
Floral designers who work for florists generally make between $18,000 and $29,000 per year. However, some wedding floral designers contract exclusively through resorts or hotels, and may provide services for all of the events held at that location. If you own your own business, or work as an individual consultant, your salary will depend more upon how many clients you have per year and the fee structure you've set up. Some floral designers choose to charge a percentage of the couples' overall wedding budget, while others elect to charge a flat fee in addition to the cost of the flowers and supplies.
Hours and Seasons:
Although weddings do happen at all times of the year, the months between May and August are considered the "wedding season" and is often when the bulk of many floral designers' income is earned. The greater the number of weddings a florist designs arrangements for will usually mean an increase in income, but sometimes very in-demand wedding floral designers may have to turn away potential clients due to scheduling conflicts.