Retail Florist VS Wedding Florist career comparison, What are the differences?

Updated: Feb 17



Hello fellow florists and newbies! My name is Alexis Christine and I have been a florist for the last 6 years! Welcome to my florist blog/youtube channel!


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Now you may not have known this, but there are two main types of florists out there;


RETAIL AND WEDDING FLORIST


Today we are going to talk about the differences between a Retail Florist and a Wedding Florist.


click the link below to watch the full video!




But for those of you who prefer to read,


Let me break it down for you, lets start with retail florists!





RETAIL FLORIST


THE JOB


Retail florists typically run flower shops!


Flower shops are good for gift finding and typically sell more than just flowers.


For example:

Plants

Gift baskets

Chocolates

Candles

+more!


Flower shops typically offer stuff like same day delivery.



People can usually walk into these stores and leave with flowers.


They rely heavily on the holiday season profits to cary them through the off season.


These florists arrange flowers for orders that come in online or over the phone.


Retail florists design flower arrangements for all sorts of occasions such as,


Birthdays

Anniversries

Get well

Thank you

Sympathy

And many more!





A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A RETAIL FLORIST


As a retail florist employee from my experience your work schedule would be Monday-Friday and the occasional weekend ( Depending on the holiday or a prom weekend etc,..)

If you are interested in knowing what a florits does a day to day basis I recommend checking out this article right here,


A day in the life of a florist,


I walk you through a day in my life and show you all what a retail florist does on a every day basis.




THE BUSY HOLIDAY SEASON


As a retail florist you will work most, if not all the major holidays.



Valentines Day

Mothers Day

Thanksgiving

Christmas,

Not to mention,...

Proms

Church events


During the holidays and the whole month leading up that holiday is spent preordering vases, securing staff to help meet the crazy influx of flower orders just waiting to pour in. Checking vendor prices for flowers, you name it, we are doing it!


If you are interested in landing a job at a flower shop so that way you can jumpstart your career in floral design then read this article "how to land a job at a flower shop"


This article will help you increase your chances at landing a job at flower shop so that way you can jumpstart your florist career!






WEDDING FLORIST


THE JOB

Wedding/Events Florist focus on you guessed it,... weddings and events!


In the off season January- March, These florists are busy meeting brides, consulting and drawing up there dream wedding/event.


May- December, We are running around like chickens without a head!



This is prime time season for people who are getting married and hosting events.


During wedding season depending on how much each wedding is, your volume, and your own personal visions of "success", you could be doing 5-12 weddings a weekend!


Again this all depends on what you are willing to handle, just remember you do not have to do everything yourself. Hire employees and take the edge off yourself!





A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WEDDING FLORIST

A day for a wedding florist or any florist really usually starts early in morning.


Flower markets open at the crack of dawn, like 6:00 am kinda early,... you want to be the FIRST THERE!!



You want to make sure you get the good stuff.


Some flower markets allow you to preorder blooms and they will pick them for you,

- (but I am crazy I like to pick my own flowers and pick them myself)


Once you get your flowers you come home and condition and clean your flowers and store them in a cold place until use.


TIP: I recommend buying your flowers 2-3 days in advance of your event so that way it can give the flowers time to open and time for you to get any last minute blooms


If your event is the same day then get to making!


Store all your flowers in a cold room once you are finished.


If you are starting out and do not have the money for a cooler, then dedicate one of the rooms in your house and turn on the AC on the lowest setting, mine is 60 degrees.


There is the cool little gadget COOLBOT you can use to make your air conditioner get colder than 60 degrees.


Here is the link!