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The 2014 “Top Gun” Top Thirty!

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Out of many hundreds of entries from around Australia into the 2014 “Top Gun” Wedding Flowers Competition, we have selected the top 30 finalists! 3 talented florists (one from each category) will win these awesome prizes.

Getting to this stage of the competition is in itself an amazing achievement given the scale and quality of the total entries. Each entry will win the florist a finalist certificate for their shop or studio and a badge for their website or social media pages.

Tesselaars Top Gun 2014 - Top 30

Tesselaars Top Gun 2014 – Choosing the Top 30 was HARD!

Choosing the Winners

Each category will have an overall winner. So that’s 3 category winners, no single competition winner.

A voting period from Monday 17th November until 10am Monday 24th November now begins. Voting is open to the public and we will be actively advertising this aspect of the competition to a targeted selection of Australian brides-to-be around the country.

How To Vote

Voting is simple:

1) To be sure your votes count, please read the rules regarding Facebook voting and comments, then
2) click the big green buttons below to go view the category albums in Facebook – and
3) vote with a like!


Your vote will be visible of course, as Facebook requires you to log in to ‘like’ anything, so it’s a great way to let those florists whose work you truly admire know that you’re a fan!

You can vote for as many entries as you like (once each) and also you should feel free to promote the Australian real floristry cause by sharing the competition albums with your own Facebook friends and/or page fans.

Good luck to the finalists!

Check Out These Amazing Wedding Flowers

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The 2014 Top Gun Wedding Flowers Competition is well and truly underway by now and the entries are pouring in! But what about YOU? Have you entered yet? If you’d like to you can enter here.


Entry by Sassafras Flowers

You Could Win These Great Prizes!

3 iPhone 6 Plus “phablets” To Be Won! As well as Official Winner’s Trophy and official winner’s badge to place on website, Facebook, etc.

In case you’re wondering what the difference between the iPhone 6 PLUS and an ordinary iPhone, the difference comes down to size. Basically the PLUS comes in-between the iPhone and the iPad (hence the nickname “phablet” which is a combination of “phone” and “tablet”).

This photo explains the size difference – to be clear, winners get the bigger one, not two phones :-)

iPhone 6 PLUS

Here’s Some Highlights So Far


Flower Delivery – and how we charge freight

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Here at Tesselaar Flowers, we price flowers delivered. Except for very small orders where an extra delivery fee may be incurred, prices quoted are either for ‘pick up’ at our warehouse or delivered to your account address.

Many suppliers ‘add freight’ as a line on the invoice because they do not know what the cost of the freight will be until the order is packed and they know the volume of the order.

We, through our sophisticated IT system, know very accurately at the time of order the exact cost of shipping a bunch of each type of flower to every destination. These costs vary very significantly for different flower types due to differences in weight/volume. For example units in a container: a bunch of iris – 20, gladioli – 6, sweet pea – 15, oriental – 7, poppies – 20, roses – 6-20, foliages – 3-15.

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flower delivery & freight charges explained

As can be seen from these examples just averaging out the cost of freight over the number of bunches can give very misleading costs when costing flowers into an arrangement.

We take the guesswork out of this process by calculating freight on the fly, adding this actual cost to the ‘pick up’ price and quoting the price as a delivered in store price. We do not add any margin to the cost of freight so the price you pay for the flowers is exactly the same as if you collected it from our warehouse.

Because we are able to calculate both the freight cost and the volume on the fly, we are also able to tell you, as you order, when a bucket is full and how many buckets your order is. This helps ensure efficient freight costs for everybody.

Our Fave Wedding Flowers – South East Asia Edition

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It’s September – that means wedding season is about to bloom down here in the Southern Hemisphere and it also means our famous “Top Gun” Wedding Flowers Competition opens soon!

Meanwhile, I’ve been scouring the interwebs for some “inspo” from this side of the globe – namely our friends in South East Asia.  From beautiful, luxe Phuket weddings to French inspired bouquets from Singapore, these florists know how to create some beautiful wedding flowers.

SINGAPORE – One Olive Floral Boutique

Such gorgeous blooms and so tres chic!  One Olive create some incredibly beautiful wedding flowers in their gorgeous Singapore boutique.  

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Wedding Flowers Top 10 – 2011 Top Gun Competition

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Revisit the top 10 wedding flowers entries in the very first Tesselaar Flowers “Top Gun” Wedding Flowers Competition back in 2011. Stay tuned for the 2014 competition – coming up soon!

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Tesselaar Flowers “Top Gun” Wedding Flowers Competition has, over the course of just 3 years, become the world’s greatest wedding flowers competition. Wedding florists from all over Australia enter this friendly competition to show off their wedding flower skills. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of flower lovers and brides-to-be keenly follow along, browsing through the galleries, getting inspiration for their own weddings (and also finding the perfect wedding florist to contact and hire).

It’s been such a smash hit that we now have a team of people here at Tesselaars preparing for our 5th competition this October 2014. But before we get to the launch, let’s look back at some of the previous year’s entrants, starting with the Top 10 wedding flowers entries from the 2011 Wedding Flowers Competition, our very first competition.

2011 Wedding Flowers Competition Top 10

1. Kate Dawes Kate Dawes flower design (more…)

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