Entering a floral competition can be a great way to showcase your skills and gain recognition in the industry. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your first floral competition!
Choose The Right Competition
Look for competitions that align with your skills and interests. Some competitions focus on specific styles or techniques, so find one that suits your expertise. Make sure to read all of the dates and deadlines to ensure that you will be able to compete in the competition with no conflict.
Make sure you thoroughly read and understand the competition rules and guidelines. This will help you avoid any disqualifications or penalties. Do not be afraid to ask questions! The organizers are there to help you ensure that this competition is the best fit.
Plan Ahead and Select High-Quality Materials
Start planning your design well in advance of the competition. Take into consideration the theme, color scheme, and any other requirements. Sketch out your design and list the flowers and materials you will need.
Choose the best flowers, foliage, and other materials available to you. Use fresh, high-quality flowers that are in season for the best results. Do not be afraid to use unconventional materials if the competition permits! Consider ways to let your creativity shine while staying within the competition guidelines. Be creative and experiment with new techniques or styles. Judges are often looking for unique and original designs.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice your design several times before the competition. This will help you work out any kinks in your design and perfect your technique. If it is a timed trial, have someone time you while you create your designs! This is a great way to test your skills in real-time.
Attention to detail can make a big difference in the final presentation. Make sure your design is clean, symmetrical, and well-balanced. Practicing your techniques before the competition is a great way to see what you need to improve on. Seek advice from another floral friend or someone who has participated in competitions to help you improve.
During the competition, stay calm and focused. Take your time, and don't rush (too much!) creating your design. Remember to enjoy the experience and have fun!
Advice from Jenny T!
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