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Preston Bailey's Fundamentals of Floral Design

Floral design is an integral part of every Preston Bailey event. The Preston Bailey Fundamentals of Floral Design program, Part 1 in the Floral Design series, is an opportunity for students to learn the fundamentals of floral design from Preston Bailey, the industry’s most highly regarded floral design expert.

The course is designed for beginners who have no experience with flowers, flower arranging, or floral design. Students learn the tricks that every good professional floral designer depends on. They also gain a strong foundation in the basics, which prepares them for learning the more complex techniques of Preston’s unique floral designs. Students who complete this course also have the unique opportunity to apply for internships with Preston and his team at Preston Bailey Designs.

6 Months / 240 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment

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Preston Bailey's Fundamentals of Floral Design

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Preston Bailey's Fundamentals of Floral Design Details + Objective

Course Code: GES239

You Will Learn
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding and fundamental knowledge of floral design tools
  • Understand the purpose for processing and how it affects the outcome and longevity of a floral design
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the methods used to process flowers for design
  • Learn the basic fundamentals of purchasing flowers wholesale when preparing for the design of flowers for an event
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 240 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn all the information needed to become a professional florist or floral designer
  • Understand the tools, techniques, floral encyclopedia, and wholesale ordering tips that will help any student launch a business in the floral industry
  • Know how to identify, approach, and set up an internship in your local area
  • Receive notices of internship opportunities and industry conferences and events
Preston Bailey's Fundamentals of Floral Design Outline
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Introduction and Experiments

Create a floral design tool kit, learn about business licenses, and discuss processed and non-processed experiments.

Reference Binder and Industry Insight

Research and create a reference binder. Explore alternative floral design techniques and share a floral design technique.

Non-Floral Material

Discuss non-floral materials, research and create a portfolio on non-floral materials.

Ideas and Practice

Explore corsages, boutonnieres, ceremony décor, collages, rose and orchids, and the 3-loop bow.

Bridal Bouquets

Study the art of arranging a bridal bouquet including round and long bridal bouquets.


Create a vase arrangement, small topiary, long and low centerpiece, and a two-foot garland.

Program Details
  1. Introduction
    1. Create Floral Design Tool Kit
    2. Research Business License
  2. Experiments
    1. Processed experiment
    2. Non-Processed experiment
  3. Reference Binder Project
    1. Research
    2. Create a Reference Binder
  4. Industry Insight
    1. Alternative Floral Design Techniques
    2. Sharing a Floral Design Techniques
  5. Non Floral Material
    1. Discuss Non floral materials
    2. Research
    3. Create a Portfolio of non floral materials
  6. Ideas and Practice
    1. Corsages and boutonnieres
    2. Ceremony Décor
    3. Creating a collage
    4. Rose Boutonnieres
    5. Orchid Boutonnieres
    6. Creating a corsage
    7. 3-loop bow
  7. Bridal Bouquets
    1. Round Bridal Bouquets
    2. Long Bridal Bouquets
  8. Centerpieces
    1. Create a vase arrangement
    2. Create a small topiary
    3. Create a long/ low centerpiece
    4. Create 2-foot garland
  9. Final Project & Exam
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Preston Bailey's Fundamentals of Floral Design Instructors
Preston Bailey

Preston Bailey has been considered one of the world's premier event designers and tastemakers. With 30-plus years of experience with his namesake company Preston Bailey Designs, he is best known for his ability to completely transform raw, ordinary spaces, into opulent, theatrical environments, translating his clients’ fantasies into awe-inspiring realities. His one-of-kind events have attracted clients as Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Uma Thurman, Joan Rivers, Donna Karan, Liza Minnelli, Matt Lauer, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ivanka Trump and others. An author, he has written four bestselling books entitled Design for EntertainingFantasy WeddingsInspirations, and his newest book, Celebrations, which was released by Rizzoli in October 2009. Headquartered in New York City, Preston Bailey Designs maintains international offices in Indonesia and the Middle East.

Angie Zimmerman

Angie Zimmerman es la directora ejecutiva y fundadora de Angie Zimmerman Designs, una firma de diseño floral de servicio completo especializada en bodas y eventos especiales. Angie tiene más de 20 años de experiencia en la industria floral que opera tiendas de flores en múltiples ubicaciones desde San Ramón hasta El Dorado Hills, CA. Angie obtuvo su Licenciatura en Ciencias en Comportamiento Organizacional de la Universidad de San Francisco en 1989. Actualmente, opera su empresa de diseño floral de El Dorado Hills, CA y es la instructora y autora de Preston Bailey Fundamentos del Diseño Floral, curso ofrecido por The Wedding Planning Institute y el instructor principal de Preston Bailey's Intermediate Floral Design.

Angie Zimmerman is the CEO and founder of Angie Zimmerman Designs, a full service floral design firm specializing in weddings and special events. Angie has over 20 years of experience in the floral industry operating floral shops in multiple locations from San Ramon to El Dorado Hills, CA. Angie obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco in 1989. Currently, she operates her floral design company out of El Dorado Hills, CA and is the instructor and author of Preston Bailey’s Fundamentals of Floral Design course offered by The Wedding Planning Institute and the lead instructor for Preston Bailey’s Intermediate Floral Design.

Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, we recommend that you take Certified Wedding Planner and Preston Bailey’s Signature Wedding & Event Design prior to enrolling in this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • Windows XP and later operating systems and the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari browsers. (Although Firefox or Chrome is preferred). Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Microsoft Word.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint is recommended but not required.
  • Windows Media Player or a similar program.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Other: Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment.

CTP’s with books:

Instructional material requirements: 

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment.
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Who will be my instructor?
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How can I get more information about this program?

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 520-6806. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

¿Se prepara este programa para una certificación? / Once I complete a course, do I receive a certificate?

Sí, el Examen de Certificación es incluido. / Yes, you will receive a certificate that you can display from Preston Bailey and The Wedding Planning Institute.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of course hours. If after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete your program on time, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

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