Flower Arranging & Function Decor Course

Course Outline

The Certificate in Flower Arranging and Function Décor is designed specifically for those interested in entering and advancing within the Flower and Décor Industry.

The course is extremely practical whereby you will physically be doing the flower arrangements and setting up of the décor elements.

Modules Covered In The Course
  • Introduction to Function Décor for Weddings and Events
  • Tools and Equipment Needed
  • Napkin Folding and Accessorising
  • Choosing Flowers
  • Flower Preparation & Conditioning
  • Seasons and Availability of Flowers
  • Flower Foliage
  • Wiring Flowers
  • Buying Flowers at the Auction (Includes site visit to the Auction)
  • Where to get your Flowers and various floral supplies at wholesale prices
  • Church & Ceremony Flowers and Arrangements
  • Pew Flowers
  • Mass Arrangements
  • Ceremony Décor and Crafts
  • Dressing a Gazebo or Chuppa with Flowers and Draping
  • The Bridal Party
  • Corsages
  • Buttonholes
  • Flowers for the Brides Hair
  • Hair Garlands/ Flower crowns
  • Different Types of Bouquets
  • Modern Bridal Bouquets
  • Traditional Bouquets
  • Sheath Bouquets
  • Hand-Ties Bouquets
  • Retinue Bouquets
  • Draping and Column Flowers/ Floral Garlands
  • Dressing a Cake with Flowers
  • Flowers for Different Centrepieces
  • Colour Combinations and the use of colour at weddings
  • Reception Décor and Gala Dinner Décor
  • Main Table Flowers, Draping and Decor
  • Hanging Arrangements/ Suspended arrangements and overhangs
  • The mechanics behind overhangs
  • Table Layouts
  • Use of Vases, Candelabras, Candles, Stands and Votives
  • Lighting your Arrangements
  • Draping
  • Measuring your Function Space
  • The Structure of your Venue and how to Work with the Space
  • Charging for your Services
  • Securing of Ropes
  • Draping a Gazebo
  • Backdrops
  • Working with Fairy Lights and Lighting
  • Cost Cutting
  • Marketing
  • Facebook, Instagram
  • Branding
  • Establishing your Target Market
  • Trend Spotting
  • Marketing your Business Effectively
  • Building a Portfolio
  • Creating your website and registering your domain.
  • Creating Styled Shoots
  • Meeting with your Couples
  • Initial Meeting
  • Questions to Ask your Clients
  • Styling Weddings & Creating Mood Boards for your Clients
  • Planning of Future Meetings
  • Final Meetings
  • Pulling the Final Look Together
  • Handling Mock Ups
  • All administration behind the business
  • Understanding the Needs of the Couple
  • Dealing with Difficult Clients
  • How to Charge for your Services
  • Creating a Personal quotation in Line with your Services
  • Important Items to Include
  • Defining your Scope of Responsibilities
  • Your Terms and Conditions
  • How to Sell your Services
  • Contracts
  • Fee Structure and Guidance
  • Admin Behind the Scenes
  • Where to get the best suppliers and products
  • Time Management
  • Ordering Flowers & Dealing with Suppliers


Next Scheduled Dates

Full Time – 9 Days (JHB)

  • 20 – 29 August 2024
  • 9 – 18 October 2024

Part-Time – 4 Months (JHB )

  • 17 August 2024 (Saturday Mornings)

Course Times

  • Part Time: 9:00 – 12:00
  • Full Time:  09:00 – 16:00

Course Duration

  • Part Time: 4 months
  • Full Time:  9 days


The SA School of Weddings provides support to students who require assistance after the completion of the course. Students

The SA School of Weddings recommend successful students to venues and companies who are looking for staff with in their organization.


We are registered with The Services SETA – Sector Education and Training Authorities 

SETA ID – 14870


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