Wedding Planning Tips

Wedding Industry Lingo | Part 1 of 8: Floral

When you work in the wedding industry (or any industry for that matter), you tend to speak in lingo! This can certainly be confusing for someone who isn’t familiar with all of the terms that come along with planning a wedding. In this 8 part blog series, we are here to break them down for you! First up, we will cover all things floral, of course!


Floral installations are typically large statement pieces. These can range from extensive greenery and hanging blooms in a tent to an intricate ceremony arch. They often require professional knowledge regarding the mechanics, specialty rigging and specific greenery or blooms that work well and that will be necessary to achieve the desired look.  The larger and more complex the installation is, the bigger the budget needed. However, they can make a BIG impact on your overall wedding design. Take a look at a few of our favorite installations below!

Photo: Me and Him Photography                                                                      Photo: Kelly Braman Photography

Photo: Stephanie Kaslly Photography                                                           Photo: Johnson Photography


Delivery vs. Install / Set-up and Strike fees

Delivery: The process of transporting and dropping the flowers from point A to point B. This does not include any on-site labor work. For example, when you order pizza for delivery, the delivery person does not bring the pizza in the house to then plate and serve it to your guests with a pretty napkin and a cold drink.

Install / Set-up: This is the process of on-site labor work such as building out a beautiful lush arch or created a statement bar piece.

Strike: The process of returning at the end of the event to remove the rented pieces and/or take down the hanging greenery inside the reception space.

East Lansing Florist

Garland vs. Loose Cut Greenery

Garland is a constructed, wired design full of lush and sometimes multiple types of greenery. It can’t be hung and easily transported from one location to another. It also allows the option to pop in gorgeous blooms because it is a structural base.  Whereas loose cut greenery is just that. It’s taking stems of greenery, cutting it, and loosely laying it end to simulate an airy garland-feel.  There are restrictions on doing loose greenery outdoors due to wind concerns, but it’s MUCH more cost-effective than a constructed garland.  With loose cut greenery, you have fewer options for what types of greenery can be cut and not look like dying scraps on a table (looking at you silver dollar eucalyptus).


Wedding Garlands

Loose Cut Greenery

Laid Greenery Wedding Table

Photo: Samantha James Photography


Mood board and Color Palette

A mood board and a color palette is a visual representation that will show the look and feel of the entire event design. This tool can be very helpful to send to vendors such as stationery designer, florist, cake and dessert. This will allow that vendor to ensure their design will cohesively match the entire event. After a client books with our team, we create a mood board just for them! Take a peek at a few of our favorites below!

Greenery Gold Mood board



A vessel is a type of container that holds a floral centerpiece.

Compote                                       Gold Geometric Container

Gold Floral Compote

Gold Geometric Container







April Vases                                              Bud Vases

April Vases with white floralBud Vases with Floral










Personal Flowers

When you hear the term personals or personal flowers, this is a descriptor for any item that the wedding party will hold or wear. i.e. Bouquets, Boutonnieres, and corsages. Head over here for our guide of different bouquet styles!


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All Grand Events + Floral is a luxury wedding planner in Michigan offering floral, event design, and full service wedding + event planning. Based in Okemos and serving Michigan from Grand Rapids to Metro Detroit.