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Saison D’Amour – Designing for Weddings with Holly Heider Chapple

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Koehler & Dramm is very excited to welcome guest designer Holly Heider Chapple to Minneapolis for an EXCLUSIVE appearance at our spring wedding design show, Saison D’Amour: Designing for Weddings of the Four Seasons! Holly is very well known in the industry and this is a wonderful opportunity to see her for a one-time presentation in Minnesota.

This three-day event will feature a series of limited hands-on workshops on Saturday, March 4th, Holly presenting on stage for the main program on Sunday, March 5th, and a limited hands-on class with Holly on Monday, March 6th. Please see below for additional details!

Check out Holly’s work here or follow her on Instagram @HollyChapple!

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SATURDAY, MARCH 4th

Doors will open at 8:00 AM on Saturday for the hands-on round-robin style workshops. Space for Saturday’s events is limited to 60 people only! Groups of 20 will rotate through each workshop, so everyone has the opportunity to experience them all. Gourmet boxed lunches will be provided. (Holly is not teaching on Saturday.)

Workshop I: Garlands & Arbor Design
Workshop II: Ribbon Mastery
Workshop III: Floral Crowns & Headpieces
A fourth workshop (Bridal Business & Buying) will also be held during the lunch break.

Schedule:
8:00 AM – Doors Open
8:30-9:30 – Workshops Session One
9:30-10:00 – Break
10:00-11:00 – Workshops Session Two
11:00-11:30 – Break
11:30-12:30 – Lunch & Business Workshop
12:30-1:00 – Break
1:00-2:00 – Workshops Session Three
2:30 – Event Concludes

Tickets for Saturday’s events are just $25 until Wednesday, March 1st! (After the 1st, the price will increase to $35.) Space is limited to the first 60 people.

SUNDAY, MARCH 5th – The Main Event: Saison D’Amour

Sunday’s show will feature the one and only Holly Heider Chapple on stage, teaching and designing for weddings of the four seasons! Doors will open at 8:00 AM, and Holly will do four sessions of designs and one live Q&A before a live auction at the end of the day. Lunch will be served! We expect tickets to sell very quickly for this event!

Schedule:

8:00 AM – Doors Open
8:30-9:30 AM – Session I: Spring
9:30-10:00 AM – Break
10:00-11:00 AM – Session II: Summer
11:00-12:30 PM – Lunch (by Buca di Beppo)
12:30-1:30 PM – Session III: Autumn
1:30-2:00 PM – Break
2:00-3:00 PM – Session IV: Winter
3:00-3:30 PM – Break
3:30-4:00 PM – Q&A with Holly
4:00 PM – Designer of the Year Competition Announcement
4:05 PM – Live Auction
4:30 PM – Event Concludes

Tickets for Sunday’s event are just $40 until Wednesday, March 1st! (After the 1st, the price will increase to $50.)

MONDAY, MARCH 6th – Hands-On Class with Holly!

Monday’s class will feature Holly in an intimate, casual, classroom setting. She will teach one full-day class on designing for weddings. She will also share her unique tricks of the trade that have propelled her to the peak of the industry. Students will have the opportunity to work on a bridal bouquet, urn design, compote design, and king table design. This is an advanced class is wedding floral design, and you are required to bring your own tools. This opportunity is exclusive to Koehler & Dramm. Class will begin at 8:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM.

Reserve your seat for just $299. Space for Monday’s class is limited to the first 25 designers to sign up, and seats will sell out extremely quickly!

Out of town guests: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Radisson Hotel Roseville, less than ten minutes from Koehler & Dramm! A special room rate of just $99/night is available when you make your room reservation by February 17th. Click here to visit the Radisson’s website.

Get tickets here, and check out a gallery of Holly’s work below!

The 2016 Fall & Winter Classic is Coming!

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The annual Fall & Winter Classic is coming, and it’s bringing thrills, chills and spills on October 1 & 2, 2016! (Ok, the chills are most likely from our floral cooler, and the spills are on you if you drop your lunch, but our special guests and our dedicated staff will bring the thrills!)

This year our guest designers are the renowned Tim Farrell AIFD AAF PFCI and Deborah De La Flor AIFD PFCI, who will present the latest and greatest designs, trends, and techniques for entertaining and decorating for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays! Get to know the designers here.

Saturday – 4:00-8:00 PM
Saturday evening’s events will feature a trade fair showcasing industry vendors from all over the world (showing us some international love!), the preliminary round of the Designer of the Year Competition during which the six finalists will be chosen, social hour and buying opportunities, and design session by local designer Lynne Tischler of Your Enchanted Florist followed by a one-hour design seminar by Tim Farrell on creating masterful harvest centerpieces for the fall season! Doors open at 3:45.

Sunday – 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Then, we’re bringing the heat on Sunday with a full day of design seminars featuring Tim Farrell on stage in the morning and Deb De La Flor on stage in the afternoon. Both designers will be presenting their individual interpretations of fall and winter seasonal designs, including interior and exterior party arrangements and decor, top seasonal trends, and harvesting ideas that are perfect for the Midwest and will cover designs for every budget! Sunday’s events will also include the announcements of the winners of the 2016 Wedding Design Competition and the finalists of the Designer of the Year Competition, plus a showroom walk-through with our buying team to introduce you to the season’s top looks, a delicious lunch served by Buca di Beppo, and of course the raffle prize drawing and live auction where you will have the opportunity to purchase the designs created by Tim and Deb during their presentations. Doors open at 7:30.

Monday Classes – Level 1 – 8:00-11:00; Level 2 – 12:00-3:00
Tim will also be teaching two classes on Monday, October 3, 2016 that will use classic works of art to influence and inspire students’ floral designs. Level 1 will provide a look at the influences of classical styles on modern day design and an introduction to the principles and elements of design – an understanding of which is imperative to creating aesthetic designs! In the Level 2 session, Tim will dive further into creating works of floral art that embrace and evoke the classic masters, and advanced directives of the principles and elements covered in Level 1.

IMPORTANT: The Level 2 class is an advanced, fast-paced, and hands-on learning environment formatted for experienced designers! In order to take the Level 2 class you MUST have a solid understanding of the principles and elements of design, a mastery of design techniques and skills, a minimum of three years’ experience in the floral industry, and the ability to keep up with a rigorous pace. The Level 2 class will NOT be slowed down to accommodate novice designers.

You can attend both days of the Classic for one low price! Tickets are just $25 before 9/28/16, but the cost increases to $35 on 9/28/16, so get your tickets now! Monday class prices are $100 for Level 1 and $150 for Level 2. You are welcome to take both classes if you would like!

Hotel Information
For our guests from outside of the Minneapolis area, you may reserve a hotel room at one of our many metro area hotels. Please be aware that the weekend of the show coincides with the Ryder Cup, so availability may be limited.

Parking
There is limited lot and street parking available at Koehler & Dramm, but please get here early if you plan to drive. We highly recommend carpooling with your fellow designers! Other options include metro transit (we are right on the bus line) or Uber/Lyft.

Get’cha tickets here!

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Roses for Soldiers: Giving Back to Our Troops

We are very excited to announce that Roses for Soldiers is coming back again this July! In the years past, we have made July all about giving back by donating a portion of our rose sales for the month to charity organizations.This year is no different, but we were proud to announce a partnership with Operation Homefront in 2015 and we will be partnering with them again in 2016 to support a cause very close to our hearts. Operation Homefront is an organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to wounded warriors and military families in need, and we are pleased to say that our donations from this endeavor will benefit families that live right in Koehler & Dramm’s 5-state service area: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 2,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has provided assistance to thousands of military families since its inception in 2002. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity watchdog groups, nationally, 92% of Operation Homefront’s expenditures go directly to programs that provide support to our military families.

To learn more, visit www.operationhomefront.net.

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Koehler & Dramm pledges to donate 2 cents for every rose stem sold in July to Operation Homefront, and we’ve set our total contribution goal at $5,000! That means we have to sell 250,000 roses… it’s a lofty goal, but we can do it with your help!

How can you help?

Simply by buying roses from Koehler & Dramm, you can be involved in Roses for Soldiers, but if you want to take your participation to the next level, we would like to encourage you to run a Roses for Soldiers program in your own shop! Whether you choose to donate to Operation Homefront alongside Koehler & Dramm, another military charity organization, or directly to a military family right in your own community, together we can make a difference in the lives of those who have given so much for us.

If you would like to give to Operation Homefront, we’ve created a media kit to help get you started with a Roses for Soldiers program. The kit includes an informational booklet and marketing materials (posters, social media collateral, fliers, and more) that will help you run a successful program in your shop. You can request a kit from your sales rep or download and print the materials using the links below. Plus, we’re offering great buys on roses and other products all month long!

MEDIA KIT DOWNLOADS
Informational Booklet
Point-of-Sale Fliers, 4-up on 8.5×11″
Poster – Horizontal, 8.5×11″
Poster – Vertical, 8.5×11″
Poster – Vertical, 11×17″
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To download PDF files: Click the “Download” button in the upper right of the screen, and choose “Save File”
To download JPG files: Right click on the image, select “Save Image As” and choose a destination on your computer.

Please join us in supporting the brave men and women of our military through the Roses for Soldiers program. Questions? Please contact your sales representative, or email the organizers here.

We’d also like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the following vendors, who have generously partnered with us to support the Roses for Soldiers initiative:
Oasis Floral Products
Syndicate Sales

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The 2015 Fall & Winter Classic is Approaching!

Join us On October 10th and 11th for Koehler & Dramm’s 2015 Fall & Winter Classic Design Showcase and Trade Fair! This year’s show is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever, with not one, but TWO incredible designers, an expanded trade fair with 30 vendors and a very special guest, doorbuster & blue light special buys, VIP seating, exclusive hands-on learning opportunities, and more! You may register online below, or by calling Jeannie at 612-362-3131.

Saturday, October 10th
3:00PM-8:00PM

2:45 – Doors Open
3:00-4:30 PM – Trade Fair & Vendor Expo
4:30-5:30 PM – Presentation by Special Guest: BloomNation
5:30-6:30 PM – Hors d’Oeuvres & Social Hour
6:30-7:30 PM – Design Presentation: All Decked Out presented by John & Loann:

  • Outdoor Décor: porch pots, spruce tops, birch, garland, etc.
  • Decorating a Christmas Tree
  • Designing for Commercial accounts: acquiring accounts, sales strategies, design techniques, etc.

7:30-8:00 PM – Shopping & Social
8:00 PM – Saturday’s Events Conclude
Attend Saturday and reserve VIP seating for Sunday’s show!

Sunday, October 11th
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Guest Designers John Hosek AIFD, PFCI, CAFA, CFD, CF & Loann Burke, AIFD, CFD, PFCI present the season’s must-see designs for Fall & Winter holidays.

7:30 AM – Doors Open, a light breakfast will be served.
8:00 AM – Unclaimed VIP seats will be released to other guests
8:15 AM – Welcome & Introduction
8:30-9:30 AM – Fall Festival: Fall home decor including but not limited to: centerpieces, cornucopias, porch pots, etc. incorporating the “apple orchard” or “pumpkin picking” themes that are prevalent in the Midwest.
9:30-10:00 AM – Shopping Break! (Watch for our blue light specials!)
10:00-11:00 AM – Hearth & Home: Transition from fall to winter decor, “after Thanksgiving but before Christmas” interim period designs for fireplace mantles, kitchen, and all around the house.
11:00 AM-12:30 PM – Lunch by Buca di Beppo! (And more shopping time!)
12:30-1:00 PM – 2015 Wedding Design Competition Winner Announced!
1:00-2:00 PM – Winter Woods: An escape from traditional red and green decor; how to do holiday designs with nontraditional or unexpected color schemes, and tying this in with clients who must design for the season instead of the Christmas holiday.
2:00-2:30 PM – Shopping Break! (More blue light specials!)
2:30-3:30 PM – Home for the Holidays: The warmth and nostalgia of traditional Christmas decor, embodying the familiar and comforting atmosphere of family gatherings and holiday celebrations.
3:30-4:30 PM – Prize Drawings & Live Auction
4:30 PM – Event Concludes; Final Purchases

If you are a returning attendee to the Fall & Winter Classic, you know we’ve given out some pretty fabulous prizes, but this year we’ve truly outdone ourselves! The GRAND PRIZE for 2015 is a $1,000 Sun Country Airlines Gift Card – for the vacation we all need. :) Other prizes include a two-night stay at the Wilderness Resort Villas in Pequot Lakes, an Apple Watch, Apple TV, a mini fridge, Wild tickets, and more! You have to be present to win though, so get your tickets already!

VIP seating for Sunday’s presentation will be available by reservation for those who attend on Saturday evening. A light breakfast will be served, and lunch will be catered by Buca di Beppo. John’s and Loann’s designs will be featured in our annual show auction, and we will also be raffling off some amazing prizes! This is going to be out biggest and best show yet – don’t miss it!

Monday, October 12th
Hands-On Classes: Armatures (Basic & Advanced Sessions)
Instructor: John Hosek AIFD, PFCI, CAFA, CFD, CF

Session 1: Amazing Armatures – 8:00-11:30 AM
Armatures come in many forms… in this intro to support systems we’ll work with natural elements such as birch, vine and other wire accessories to make our daily, party and event designs have a beautiful fun and flair!

Session 2: Structural World (ADVANCED) – 1:00-4:30 PM
With support systems being so prevalent in our industry, we use many different media to create armatures. We will design detailed structures of Midiollino, wood strips and aluminum to create detailed forms and decorative support systems. A class you won’t want to miss!

$125/person, 16 people per class maximum

The ticket fee covers both days of the show, and if you attend on Saturday, you will have the opportunity to reserve VIP seating for the design show on Sunday! (On a first come, first served basis.) Early bird pricing is available until the Wednesday before the event, but don’t wait – seats will fill quickly! More details will be announced soon. Buy your tickets online here:

Meet the New Koehler & Dramm (Logo)!

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Since 1955, Minneapolis-based Koehler & Dramm Wholesale Florist has been a pillar in the floral and events industries in the Upper Midwest. As the company celebrates 60 years in business in 2015, the wholesaler is making some very exciting changes to its image, and has recently debuted a new logo.

As a letter from President Lee Spence and Marketing Director Emily Gorg explains:

“60 Years Strong means more to us than just 60 years of selling floral products in the Upper Midwest. It means 60 years of innovation, education, development, forging relationships, expansion, trials and triumphs, and so much more. When our design team created this new logo, we wanted to pay homage to the longstanding mission and and deeply rooted values on which Koehler & Dramm was built, yet demonstrate our commitment to innovation and a unified approach to the future of our company, our customers’ businesses, our community, and our industry.

This project has been in development for several months now, with different variations getting thrown in and then subsequently tossed out of the ring, until we felt that we had finally achieved a design that accomplished our mission.

Since our inception in 1955, we’ve endeavored to be the best; to provide our customers with the widest variety and the highest standards of quality, service and value; to provide a happy, healthy environment; to be a source of financial security and personal development for our employees; and to provide a vehicle for social service while contributing to the economic and aesthetic quality of our community. We hope to continue to accomplish these goals for all of our customers for many years to come.”

As Mrs. Gorg conceptualized and designed the logo and brand components, several important elements were pinpointed. The new logo features a modernized version of the classic Koehler K, incorporated into a navy blue circle, with a new lime green color filling the negative space. But the intentionality behind the design goes much deeper than simply creating a clean, recognizable logo, and the break-down reveals a much more detailed and insightful look at Koehler & Dramm’s new identifier. See below for more:

Learn more about the design process of our new logo and how the different elements work together to embody our values and our mission.

Learn more about the design process of our new logo and how the different elements work together to embody our values and our mission.

Standing by its pledge to be an eco-friendly and environmentally conscious company, Koehler & Dramm will not undergo an immediate changeover to the new logo. Rather, it will be phased in gradually to prevent the waste of materials that already bear the classic Koeher mark. Koehler customers in the 5-state KD service area can expect to see the new logo make its appearance on some media right away, while the complete transition is expected to take several months.

For more information, please click here to contact Emily Gorg.

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Thank you Mom! Fun and fresh arrangements for Mother’s Day

May 10th is Mother’s Day!  At Koehler & Dramm, we are celebrating mothers everywhere. The 2015 catalog includes a number of arrangements to say thanks to mom. Take a look below:

 

Don’t forget about our everyday arrangements, which are also great gifts for mom:

Thank mom for all she does every day with our fresh new designs Our decorative arrangements include fresh flowers, attractive containers, and festive accent pieces. We also have a variety of bouquets, plants and additional hard goods to fulfill your order.

Call 612-331-4141 or 877-KOEHLER and speak with your sales rep to order yours today!

From all us at Koehler & Dramm, thank you mom!

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2015 Wedding Design Competition

Wedding season is right around the corner yet again! As you design for your wedding clients this year, remember to take photos of and save your favorite designs, because they could win you a $1,000 marketing package from Koehler & Dramm!

You may submit one wedding that occurred between 9/1/14 and 8/31/15 for which you designed. (Professional photographs are highly recommended!) Official rules and entry guidelines are below, or you can click here to download and print a copy.

Questions? Please call or email Emily Gorg at 612-362-3110 or egorg@koehlerdramm.com. Entries must be received no later than September 15, 2015. Good luck!

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Koehler Does Events!

We are on the brink of another busy wedding and event season here in Minnesota, and we are already feeling the heat! Did you know that Koehler & Dramm now does event work? This is still wholesale only, but we are happy to lend a hand to retailers, event professionals, and designers who may need some help, and our talented design and production team does a phenomenal job. See below for a gallery of our event work from the last few weeks!

Are YOU in need of event design services? Give your sales rep a call at 612-331-4141 or 877-KOEHLER and ask them for more information!

Design du Jour: Spring Wreaths

logoJoin us for our first in a series of Tuesday afternoon workshops in the Koehler & Dramm showroom tomorrow, April 29th, at 2:00 PM. Richard Milteer AIFD CFD AAF PFCI TMF will be teaching you how to design and create Spring Wreaths, a fresh and fun way to welcome the warmer weather (finally)! Plus, we’ll have a limited time workshop special on wreath starter essentials like frames and garland – 15% off tomorrow ONLY! Come for the workshop and stay for the shopping. :) See you then!

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