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No Floral Foam

Here’s the honest truth: the majority of florists create their arrangements in foam. At the end of your reception, all of the flowers, along with the non-biodegradable and carcinogenic foam, goes into the trash. Before you think it, no, it doesn’t lessen the value of paying for flowers because most of them are thrown out after your wedding. The flowers served their purpose of being beautiful during your wedding, now their job is done. But that doesn’t mean they should be tossed in the dumpster with poison foam.

Florists create an obscene amount of garbage. All of the flowers are delivered to us in cardboard boxes. Vases and candle holders come shipped in boxes surrounded by styrofoam packing material. Every 25 stem bunch of roses has two plastic sleeves and four pieces of cardboard. It gets overwhelming.

A small thing all of us florists can do is try our best to not use floral foam. Floral foam is incredibly harmful to the environment. It’s carcinogenic and non-biodegradable. For as long as time, it was used as a florist’s main source of water for the flowers. For some situations, it’s necessary. But for a lot of designs, there are other mechanics that we can use that are reusable and better for the earth.

I’ve tried in the last few years to avoid using floral foam if possible. I’ll design something, like these compotes, with the precursor thought that I don’t want to use foam. I’ll design installations, like the La Croix one below, knowing that I would prefer to use chicken wire and water tubes instead of foam. Without foam, installations are actually a lot lighter and airier. We can get a loose, natural look without having to depend on where the foam is to put the flowers.

This entry way design was created without foam as well. It’s amazing what some chicken wire and water tubes can accomplish! The chicken wire and tubes can be reused – thus saving the environment and saving us money. Win-win.

This chuppah below was foam free as well. A lot of flowers, especially for short events like indoor weddings, will last throughout the night without a direct water source. You’d be amazed how long a well-hydrated rose or carnation can look out of water for six hours.

I employ all of my fellow florists to try and go without floral foam for your next event. Try to think of designs that won’t need floral foam in the first place. We here at Michelle Edgemont Design try our best to make smart choices for the environment. Hell, I even started carrying a reusable straw in my purse because those new, hip, paper ones fall apart.

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Podcast Interview: The Big Wedding Planning Podcast

Hello lovely people! This week I’m interviewed on a super fun podcast, The Big Wedding Planning Podcast, where we talk all things wedding design, my own budget wedding, how to get the most out of Pinterest to design your wedding, and general goodies all about event design and flowers here in NYC.

You can listen on iTunes RIGHT HERE.

Do you have a podcast that needs guests? I love talking about all things wedding design, flowers, working with clients, budgets, Brooklyn, being a mom to a crazy four-year old. Email me at Michelle@MichelleEdgemont.com.

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Hiring a Studio Assitant

Yep, I’m hiring a studio assistant. Do you love keeping things organized and clean? Are you a jack/jane of all trades type of person with a high taste level and lives in the NYC area? Read below for the requirements and how to apply. I look forward to meeting you!

Requirements

  • Self-starter
  • Love for organization
  • Expert at project time management
  • Knows your way around craft and art supplies
  • Ability to work in-person in the studio in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
  • General working knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign

Extra credit, but not required

  • Weekend availability to assist on event production (no more than 10 Saturday or Sundays a year)
  • Expertise of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Art and/or design background
  • Photography experience

Responsibilities

  • Keeping the studio organized and clean
  • Managing inventory of props
  • Pulling props and putting away after events
  • Keeping stock of materials we use most often and re-ordering when we are out
  • Processing flowers, filling/cleaning buckets, prepping design containers
  • Light graphic design work
  • Light styling work for in-studio shoots
  • Invitation production
  • Light craft production for events
  • Research and sourcing

This studio assistant job is an in-person position for 5-10 hours a week in the Michelle Edgemont Design studio in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The pay is hourly as an employee. It will be one day a week (winter and part of summer) in the slow season and two days a week in the busy season (spring and fall). Opportunity to do three days a week on the weeks we have events. This is not an event design or a floral design position, although could have the potential to grow to that for the right person. I’m looking for someone with a positive vibe, creative personality, independent nature, and natural problem solver. This person will work closely next to me to run the back-end of my event design and floral design studio.

TO APPLY: Email Michelle@MichelleEdgemont.com with subject line “Studio Assistant – your name” with resume, cover letter, reasons why you are the perfect person for this job, a link to your favorite Spotify playlist or podcast, and any other info you’d like to add. I’m excited to meet you!

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