Florist Toolkit: Floral Supplies for Wedding Day

There are SO many individual preferences when it comes to what is best to have on hand in your “day-of” wedding toolkit. A well-planned, multi-use toolkit can certainly help prevent you from ending up in a bind on wedding day. Florists need to be prepared with a variety of attaching mechanisms in order to comply with venue requirements, navigate weather-related complications, secure to various surface textures, hide said mechanics in complicated spaces and address so many more “what ifs” that arise throughout wedding day setup.

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I carry an actual toolkit for myself and my freelancers to pull from as well as a utility-belt style kit full of items I always need handy whether I’m climbing a ladder or am simply working away from our staging space. 


Toolkit Must Haves:

  • Clippers: Always have extra clippers for yourself & your team. Even with a toolbelt on, I’m notorious for setting my clippers down in the most random of places. 

  • Fabric Scissors: In case of any stray threads on ribbon, or additional ribbon cutting is needed. 

  • Ribbon: Extra ribbon in case water sloshes too much in transit and a fresh ribbon is needed for a bouquet, or perhaps for a last minute boutonniere addition.

  • Bind Wire: My go-to for attaching lightweight items pretty much anywhere. It’s quick and easy and does not require knots to be tied, simply twist to secure. 

  • Nylon Fishing Line: I purchase 25lb durability for extra security with anything hanging. This is also fantastic for those areas that require invisible mechanics. 

  • Glue Dots: These are great for adding just a little bit of extra stability to lighter vase structures, I place underneath my lighter bud vases to help secure, especially if tables are being moved about between ceremony and reception. Glue dots are also great for sticking vines and leaves to walls, adding stability to candlesticks, and so many other random small attachment needs. 

  • Zip Ties: You can never have too many of these on hand. Zip ties are used in most installations. They are sturdy and able to attach greenery, foam block cages, chicken wire, really anything you need to nearly any structure. 

  • Chicken Wire: Always bring extra of this, especially if the installations are “no-foam”-sometimes structure sizes change from proposal to day-of set up. It’s always a good plan to have plenty of extra chicken wire for on-the-spot armature building to support any and all installation shapes and sizes. 

  • Gloves: If you also provide the glassware for your brides, bringing gloves to put on before placing on the tables prevents you from having to clean off additional fingerprints when onsite. I clean all my glassware ahead of time AND place the correct candle sizes into each so it is one less thing we need to do on setup day. 

  • Glass Cleaner/Paper Towels: Even with gloves, things happen, and it is always a good idea to have extra glass cleaner and a rag or paper towels on hand to attend to any last minute cleaning needs. 

  • Brick Clips: Brick is one of the more tricky surfaces to attach to but brick clips are inexpensive and can save the day when you’re in a bind and not allowed to attach with any other tools. 

  • 3M Strips: All sorts of lifesavers here. I try to get the 3-5lb durability.

  • Tape: I bring a roll of each kind--clear, waterproof, paper tape, electrical and duct tape. Trust me, play it safe and bring them all.

  • Wire: In case any last minute flower wiring is needed. Very handy for these hot Texas weddings!

  • Cold Glue: Extra security for certain types of heavier flower/fruit placement in installations or for any corsage/bout issues.

  • Boutonniere/Corsage Pins: Always bring extra just in case

  • Safety Pins: Pinning to fabric has certainly come in handy before. 

  • Floral Putty: Mostly used for frog pin arrangements.

  • Furniture protectors: These have SUPER strong adhesive and also serve to protect a variety of venue surfaces when using ropes or chains to loop around beams and other areas.

  • Heavy Duty Magnets: Steel beams you can’t loop around, anyone? This was a new addition for a recent install that saved my tush!


In my waist toolkit, I am always sure to have my own set of the following: 

*clippers, glue dots, bind wire, waterproof tape, fishing line, phone (with alarms set for each section end time), small snacks (my current favorite is “Bear Naked Granola Bites”)

Some of the larger items we bring that don’t fit into our toolkits include:

  • Chicken wire

  • Foam bricks and cages

  • Buckets with a pour spout (to soak foam and for filling glassware with water without bringing every piece of glass to a sink).

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Step stool and ladder(s) (extension is best for varying heights if installs are your thing).

  • Cart/dolly: for transporting from your van into venue and beyond. Some of these venues require a bit of a hike to the ceremony area. Dolly if transporting boxes of glassware/votives.

  • Extra vases/containers (always 1-2 extras of each type of vase used in case of accidents). 

  • 1 buckets extra flowers/greenery for any unexpected needs: filling in, extra requests by venue or client, accidents, weather-related issues, etc. 

  • Towels: any larger spills or cleaning needed

  • Tarp: to lay below any installation areas for fast cleanup

  • Larger snack cooler with waters and topo chico!

*If larger installations are taking place onsite a few other items may be needed: hammer/mallet, sandbags or bricks for weight, stakes, rope/chains, carabiner clips and more. These are on a case-by-case basis.

I think that about covers it! I hope this list is helpful for any newer designers out there. I find my toolbox continues to grow after nearly every wedding as I’m always discovering new ways to secure items. For any other designers out there, what additional items do you never leave home/studio without?

Downtown Austin Surprise Wedding

When Angela first reached out to me to help with her wedding flowers, I knew immediately I was going to love her. When you can tell in an email just how kind, gracious and insanely excited someone is to marry the love of their life, you know your only response to helping with their wedding is “yes.”

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Angela and Chris were so excited to share the joy of their union that they decided to host a surprise wedding in downtown Austin at The Eleanor. To be honest, I’ve never seen a surprise wedding and at first, did not quite understand the notion behind it but then I saw pictures of the guests when they realized they were at a wedding and it all came together. The genuine surprise, excitement and overwhelming joy on the faces of each of the guests was so evident. And it wasn’t just the excitement of a wedding, it was THIS wedding, THIS couple. They are the kind of people whose joy and love overflows and spreads to everyone they meet.

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A HUGE HUGE thank you to Kelsey Horner Photography for capturing so perfectly the genuine love and emotion of this day. And a huge thank you to Brittany and Chris for sharing your love and spreading your joy to each of us.

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Boho Elopement Dripping Springs

Brittany and Matt’s Hill Country elopement at Lucky Arrow Retreat was one of those perfect Texas evenings where the air is warm, the sun is shining and the sky is clear for miles. The day certainly didn’t start this way, in fact, there were severe storms nearly all day. The type of storms that cause low water crossings to flood, separating vendors from the venue for a short while as we waited for water to recede. Luckily, it did just that. Despite the delay, the water eventually receded, the skies cleared and the evening went on without a hitch, except, of course, for the one intended.

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Brittany and Matt chose the newly opened Lucky Arrow Retreat for their intimate elopement. The venue not only has one of the most breathtaking views which doubles as an outdoor ceremony space, but it also has a host of warm, inviting cabins to call your home away from home.

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The elopement was coordinated by the lovely Jazmin of Events by Leslie. A kind and talented lady who I’ve had the pleasure to work with on numerous occasions. Leslie is 100% committed to her clients and the vendors she works with. She was one of the first planners I was introduced to here in Texas and I was so grateful to work alongside her again for Brittany and Matt’s big day. PS: Jazmin was an event lead in Oregon (my home) prior to coming to Texas, so PNW was representing!

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Of course, we would not be able to share the beauty and joy of this elopement without someone to capture all the intimate details. Matt and Brittany hired the insanely talented, Nikk Nguyen Photo. Nikk describes his photos as evoking “emotion, awe and inspiration” and I couldn’t have come up with a better description of his work. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us, Nikk!

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I am so grateful for this business and the opportunities I have to work with incredible vendors and lovely couples. To Matt and Brittany, I wish you both all the best as you start this new adventure together. May the luck & love of your wedding day be with you always.

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