A month ago, a lovely person came up to me at the flower mart to introduce themselves. I was surprised as many of you who see me in the morning know, I'm all business when I'm ordering and selecting flowers. And can sometimes be unapproachable.
Once I'm done, the frown and intensity weens and the softer and bubblier side comes out. My compadres who look equally vexed during their morning shopping spree have to deal with daily issues of mediocre product, late deliveries, and availability issues. It's stressful but still my favorite part of the week.
Often, you are trying to negotiate the best price while also trying to get issues fixed(aka during Valentines' one of my growers didn't have enough time to get me 45 bunches of hydrangea, I had to scramble around the market to fill most of the order).
So needless to say, I wasn't in the mood to banter but I was intrigued with this lovely newcomer to our business. This lovely floral designer is just starting out. We all know what that feels like. There's this terrific energy and optimism. Everything is a good challenge but like a scrabble game - sort of fun. One thing I asked her during our brief encounter was if she had gone to floral design school. And the answer surprised me. She had not but had started after being encouraged by her husband. Go husband!
It it got me thinking. For a floral designer, is it necessary to be mentored/schooled to succeed? In fact, do you need training for any wedding professional?
I'll have the answer next time but I wanted you, the readers, to add your two cents?
Once again, do you think you can become a successful floral designer in the long run without being formal training?