FlowerSchool New York: Master Class with Ariella Chezar
Our online editor attends a class taught by florist Ariella Chezar and share some of Chezar's tips for creating a natural, full but loose centerpiece. Chezar favors a more relaxed style of arranging that is inspired by the way plants grow in the garden and is a move away from the tightly bundled style of flower arranging.
Most of my fellow students are wedding florists and it is interesting hearing what the trends are around the country. Jane Guerin, who was working next to me at my table, and a wedding florist in Virginia, confided that the economy was still affecting wedding budgets and that Chezar's looser style of centerpieces had not yet become widespread among florists in her area. On the other hand, "brides," Guerin said, "just want whatever they see in magazines." And Chezar's style has definitely become more popular in wedding magazines and blogs.
Tip: Many florists in the class mentioned the difficulty of producing lush, expansive centerpieces for clients with smaller budgets. Chezar suggested using a mix of more inexpensive flowers along with the pricier blooms, giving a particular shout-out to carnations as an often overlooked flower.