Post # 1
We are trying to place an order for flowers. We are going to DIY the centerpieces. The dilemma is, our wedding location is about an hour from where we could have them shipped on Thursday. Our wedding is on Saturday. OR, we could have them delivered on Friday, the day before the wedding, to a location only minutes away from the wedding locale.
If we have them delivered on Thurs, it gives us more time to rehydrate and work on making the centerpieces. However, since it is an hour or so away, we have to transport a ton of flowers in 5 gallon buckets of water and plant food in a van. Plus, the sun will be shining in and I worry that may harm the flowers.
If we wait until Friday and have them delivered to a place closer to where the reception is, we have less time to work with them and make the centerpieces. Basically, we’d have to make them the day of the wedding. We have plenty of people who will help if this is the case.
I cannot decide which is better. Giving extra time to work with them and potentially harming them along the way, as well as making a HUGE mess in the vehicle… or working with them the day of the wedding.. which they would be in much better condition probably because they aren’t traveling in a hot car with sun beaming on them..
Post # 3
Sounds like in your heart you’d rather do it Friday.
Post # 4
@twocatcupcake: However, I am not sure that is enough time for them to rehydrate… 🙁
Post # 5
You can buy water picks/tubes for pretty cheap. Less than $3 for 24 (Save On Crafts). Maybe you can use those during transport.
Post # 6
You should talk to the flower experts or the flower company and find out how many days the flowers will take to open, how susceptible they are to lots of handling, heat, etc. Roses, for example, are typically shipped in bud form and won’t open for a couple of days (although you can force them open). Other flowers like hydrangea are open but wilt easily.
If the flowers are already opened, then perhaps you’ll be fine — just discuss it with the flower company and see what they recommend.
Post # 7
I am having mine delivered on thursday and driving them an hour. 10 more days!
Post # 8
@penguinsaremyfriends: Good to know someone else is doing this. We are going to give it a shot. Thanks!!
Post # 9
If you want to do them Thursday, here are my suggestions:
- The hour drive isn’t going to kill the flowers or make them wilt as long as they’re in water and you have the AC on (but not blowing directly onto the flowers). The cool temperature will help the keep the flowers from dying.
- Flowers hold up best in cold (but not below freezing!) temperatures, so even if you can’t avoid having the sun hitting the flowers on the way there, you can at least keep the temperature in the car cool.
- If possible, cover the flowers with some newspaper. It’ll at least reflect some of the sunlight!
If time isn’t an issue and you want to do them up on Friday, go for it! Either way, as long as you are gentle with them, they should be perfect. 🙂
Post # 10
You should go with getting them shipped on Thursday, possibly sooner depending on the flowers you’re getting shipped. Things like lilies and roses seem like they’re are delicate but they requre a few days to open (when making wedding flowers you want want your roses to be full an open). On the flip side carnations, baby’s breath, monti casino, poms, daisies don’t need long to open (you can just fluff carnations) but they’re hearty enough to hold up for a while before use (and after if cared for properly). When ordering wedding flowers at my families shop we get the hearty things, lilies, roses, anything else that needs to open as well as greens in on Monday. We’ll usually do another shipment on Wednesday for gerbers and other more delicate flowers (bells of ireland, snap dragons) that don’t need to open. You’ll need to adjust these times of course given that you probably don’t have a walk in cooler on hand for storage.
As for moving them. An hour is not that far, you can get away with pulling hearty flowers (including roses) out of the water for the drive so long as you recut the stems and place them in water. If that worries you and also for other flowers make sure you lower the level of water in the buckets, you just need about an inch to transport and don’t overstuff the buckets, if you do any turns or stops could result in the flowers shifting and breaking. USE BRICKS to hold the buckets in place. It’s what we use when transporting buckets and large arrangements.
One last tip: if you’re planning on making any flower arrangement and putting it in the fridge before hand to extend the life of it make sure you remove any fruit from the fridge. Fruit releases gasses that make fruit ripe but make flowers die sooner.
I hope that wasn’t too confusing, feel free to PM if you have any other questions about flowers.