Wedding Floral Specialist Certification

Dedicate yourself to one of the fastest growing segments of the floral industry and become an FDI Certified Wedding Floral Specialist. A prerequisite of Basic Floral Design or 500 hours of on-the-job experience as a floral designer is required. The fee for this hands-on classroom program is $2,850.00.

The next class starts on March 25. Click here to sign up now.

The professional Wedding Floral Specialist certificate course is an intensive 120 hour program designed to provide focused training in wedding and event floral design. The training will explore the various histories and traditions of the wedding ceremony and the romantic language of flowers. You will learn to design flowers for all types of ceremonies from traditional to contemporary and from simple to elaborate. You will learn to design bridal bouquets in many forms and styles, body flowers, large bouquets, decorations for the ceremony and the reception, garlands, candelabras, fabulous party décor and so much more. The final days of the program will be filled with fun, excitement, a bit of drama and a taste of the real world. To graduate from this program, you will complete a full wedding and present it for instructor critique. Yes, you will do a full wedding from start to finish: planning, story board, pricing, ordering, receiving, preparing, designing and displaying. Wow! What a grand opportunity to fulfill your dreams of wedding certification.

How it all works – We make Flower School fun and easy! Each day, everything you need will be in the Learning Center. You need to arrive ready to learn. We take care of everything else.

Our comprehensive Wedding Floral Design Specialist program covers everything you need to prepare yourself for Floral Design Institute Wedding Certification. Each day is packed full with fabulous information you will utilize throughout your career as a Certified Wedding Floral Specialist. To review the full syllabus, refer to the listing at the bottom of this page. Yes, you will learn a lot!

The Our comprehensive Wedding Floral Design Specialist program covers everything you need to prepare yourself for Floral Design Institute Wedding Certification.

Following is the Complete Wedding Floral Specialist Syllabus:

A Brief History of Weddings
The Victorian Language of Flowers
Creative Inspiration for the Tussie Mussie
Classic Round Bouquet
Traditional Cascading Bridal Bouquet
Elegant Victorian Bridal Bouquet
Creative Techniques with Bridal Bouquet Holders
French Weave Bridal Bouquet
Dutch Spiral Bridal Bouquet
German Armature Bridal Bouquet
Flowers of the Month
Bridal Gown Styles and Terminology
Beidemeier Bridal Bouquet
Contemporary Cascading bouquet
Contemporary Interpretations of the Hand Wired Bouquet
History of the Corsage
Corsage and Boutonnière Basics Review
Duchess Rose
Nosegay Style Corsage and Boutonnière
Formal Line Corsage and Boutonnière
Apparel Necklines and Floral Adornments
Over the Shoulder Corsage
Wrist Corsage
Working with Decorative Wires and Beads
Men’s Wear Styles and Terminology
Hairpieces and alternative body flowers
Floral trimmed Veil
Flower Filled Handbag
Bridal Veil Styles
Flowers for the Flower Girl: Baskets & Pomander Ball
Flowers for the Ring Bearer: Pillows & Decorative Ring Box
History of the Kissing Ball
The Business of Weddings
Marketing and Promotions
Creating a Portfolio and Story Board
Wedding Sales Presentation
Trends and Colors
Consultation and Servicing a Wedding
Working with Wedding Professionals
The Bridal Blossoms – Gardenias, Stephanotis, and Orchids
Ceremony Décor
Altar Arrangements
Bridal Structures
Large Scale Design Mechanics
Aisle Runners
Pew Treatment
The Magic Moment
Reception Décor
Head Table Design
Buffet and Cake Table Treatments
Toasting Goblets
Rehearsal Dinner Flowers
Guestbook Table
Special Touches to Make the Day Spectacular
Cake Flowers
Mother’s Roses
Create Your Own Wedding Presentation

Are there any additional fees for flowers and supplies in this program?

There are no additional fees. We provide all of the flowers and supplies that you will need.

What materials am I required to bring to the classroom?

We provide everything that you will need in the classroom. This includes all flowers, tools, supplies, books and instructional materials. We do suggest that you bring a hand-held calculator and a camera. It is important that you begin a portfolio of your design work beginning with day one.

All course fees include registration, tuition, plus books, all flowers, materials, tools and supplies. Students are asked to bring two items to class: a camera so that they may begin a portfolio of their work and a hand held pocket calculator. All other classroom materials are provided.

All course fees include registration, tuition, plus books, all flowers, materials, tools and supplies. Students are asked to bring two items to class: a camera so that they may begin a portfolio of their work and a hand held pocket calculator. All other classroom materials are provided.

WEDDING FLORAL SPECIALIST consists of: 120 total clock hours

Training will cost:

Registration Fee........................... $ 150.00

Tuition Costs................................ $ 1,525.00

Books and Supplies..................... $ 1,175.00

Total Cost for the Course............. $ 2,850.00

The registration fee is required at the time of enrollment. Enrollment cannot be guaranteed without payment of the registration fee. The balance of the course fee must be paid seven days prior to the start of class. No space in any class will be guaranteed without full payment seven days prior to the start date of any class.

Thank You FDI for the incredible training, which inspired my design confidence! I just landed a great design job! Kim

Thanks again. You and David (and the Floral Design Institute) are the best investment in my future that I have ever made!!!!! Tracy

Many thank yous for the excellent, comprehensive, interactive, enjoyable and exhausting class ! Two days later Tess and I are still synthesizing and mulling over the information and ideas you two and Kathy imparted, as well as the content and practices gleaned from the group conversations. Meg

Thank You, your institute has given me a well rounded approach to floral design. It has also given me a foot forward in this industry far exceeding my expectations. I could not have gone as far as where I am today without your excellent instructions and hands on approach to design. Furthermore, your institute is my lifeline if I have any questions about Floral Design ,and or questions pertaining to the Floral Industry. Many thanks to Leanne & Dave Kesler and your wonderful staff for their hard work, and dedication to the Art of Floral Design. Tomasi

What a wonderful experience I had attending your class. You can’t imagine how much you have helped me and in so many ways. Kathleen

I just wanted to say thank you again for such a wonderful experience. You are all gifted teachers and you share yourselves, which is very special. I got a job as soon as I got home. I love it. I feel like this country girl can now handle anything with ease. Betty

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the wealth of knowledge and experience you shared. I feel you've given me a giant leap ahead of the other designers in this area. Jason

Thank you for being such a marvelous teacher and wonderful example. My new flower shop is open and I love my life. Thanks again for all that you do. Kathleen

Floral Design Institute is licensed to conduct a private vocational school by the Oregon Department of Education. Floral Design Institute is a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) Education Partners and is an Approved Educational Pathway to AIFD Certification and Accreditation.

FLORAL DESIGN INSTITUTE is part of Floral Design Institute, Inc., an Oregon Corporation. Floral Design Institute, Inc. is located at 1138 NW 17th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209 503-223-8089. Floral Design Institute, Inc. is held solely by Leanne and David Kesler. Leanne serves as the Corporation President and Director of Floral Design Institute.


Students are requested to notify the school of illness or other emergencies necessitating absence from class and to arrange makeup for the missed class hours/days. Makeup hours/days will be arranged in a subsequent class. All course hours and makeup work must be completed within one year of the registration date. Students may miss a total of 10% of the course class hours, (12 hours, Basic Floral Design and 4 hours Advanced Floral Design) and still receive their certificate.

Any student behavior which is disruptive to the classroom, impedes the instructor’s attempt to teach or the students to learn is unacceptable, will receive prompt attention, and my be cause for dismissal. Such behavior includes but, is not limited to; violation of safety regulations, interference with other students work, boisterous, vulgar or obscene behavior, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Re-entry will be at the discretion of the school director.


Students must be at least 16 years or age. Students should have good vision, the ability to see color and good manual dexterity. Most employment positions require the ability to lift 25 pounds and stand at a design table for extended periods. Pre-requisites for the Advanced Floral Design program are; successful completion of the Basic Floral Design program or 500 hours of on the job experience as a floral designer.


Upon completion of the course curriculum, each student will be given a practical and a written exam.

The practical exam will require the student to create an arrangement, a corsage and a bud vase utilizing the skills gained during the course. Evaluation will be based upon the 5 elements of design, six principles of design, and mechanics of construction. There are 400 points possible in this exam.

The written exam reviews the information covered in the text and classroom lectures. There are 100 points possible on this exam.

To receive the Floral Design Institute certificate, students must achieve 60% or better on each exam. Failure to do so on either or both will require independent study and re-testing to receive the certificate.


Student records are kept for 25 years according to Department of Education Guidelines. Students may request a transcript by contacting the Floral Design Institute office: 1138 NW 17th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209 – 503-223-8089


Students need to be in class to receive the full benefit of the course studies. Unfortunately, situations arise that can prevent you from attending. In case of absence, students can schedule to attend future sessions and make up the missed material. All make up time should be scheduled directly with the instructor.

REFUND POLICY (Professional Classes):

If a student should withdraw from the course and cancel the enrollment agreement; monies paid will be refunded according to the following schedule and policies.

1) Refunds will be paid directly and exclusively to the individual or institution who paid for the course.

2) A full refund of money paid will be given to an applicant that is not accepted by the school prior to the beginning of class.

3) If the student withdraws prior to beginning class and within five days of signing the enrollment agreement or making an initial payment. Then, the student will receive a full refund of all money paid.

4) If the student withdraws prior to beginning class and after five days of signing the enrollment agreement or making an initial payment. Then, the student will receive a full refund of all money paid, less the registration fee.

5) If a student withdraws after enrolling in and beginning class. Then, the student will receive a refund based on the following pro rata tuition / books and supplies adjustment schedule, less the registration fee.

Percent of Enrollment time Tuition, Books &Supplies Refunded

0.01 - 10% 90%

10.1 - 25% 75%

25.1 - 50% 50%

50.1% - 100% 0%

6) Students may withdraw and cancel the enrollment agreement by giving written notice to the school.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT (Professional Classes):

All Floral Design Institute students will be trained on the use of and will practice with the following tools, equipment and products; floral knife, floral shears, floral foam, floral cooler, floral food, floral adhesives, bouquet holders, wires, ribbons, floral tapes, pick machine, floral containers, packaging material and rose stripper.

Upcoming Classes

Wedding Floral Specialist

March 25 - April 12, 2019