Post # 1
After a RIDICULOUS breakdown yesterday, I put on my big girl panties and decided to try again with a DIY project. My florist went out of business, so I’m having to do things on my own (with a little help from a beautiful fellow Bee).
Anywhooooo…I decided to try the whole submerged orchid/floating candle/sea glass/floralyte thing. I like it, ish, but feel like something is missing. I don’t know why the upper buds haven’t sprouted. Is that normal with dendrobiums? I really wanted to use cymbidium orchids because they’re so much more lush, but my local wholesaler charges $23 per orchid, so that plan fell by the wayside.
Thoughts/suggestions? Also, I should note that the actual floating candle I’ll be using is larger, round, and pure white.
Post # 3
Use fake orchids. Way cheaper and you truly cannot tell when they are submerged.
I think what feels missing is that the orchid is small in comparison to the amount of glass you have on the bottom and the size of the vase. It needs to be a little taller/have the top buds bloomed. Using a larger silk orchid will help with that because you can cut to size and aren’t relying on mother nature for blooming. I do think you could put slightly less glass in the bottom too.
The larger candle will look good too! Other than that, I think you’ve got it!
Post # 4
What is in the bottom? I think if its glass or whatever, just have enough to cover the sides of the light. The only purpose of it is to cover the light, I prefer nothing in the bottom but where you have the light you need just a little.
And I agree with pp. Use fake flowers…And you probably feel like your missing something because its not on a table that has all the other wedding goodies on it. I feel the same about mine, which are similar. I have hurricane vases, with twigs in the bottom and a floating candle. It looks blah right now, but once its on the table it will look beautiful
Post # 5
We did submerged orchids and here is how they looked. The florist put a small handful of colored stones at the bottom of each vase to keep the stems from bopping around. Each vase was about 4 inches wide, so the flowers really filled them out. I think that is your biggest problem. I really think multiple vases of different heights looks great as well.
ETA: We also had the florist put three branches at the bases of the vases and I think that helped the centerpiece have a bigger look.
Post # 6
Ooh, I was going to do something similar to this. I would just use fake orchids and put 3 branches in each.
Post # 7
@NAvery: I used so much glass because the stupid lights I bought kept showing through. Perhaps I should get a smaller light? Any suggestions on a vendor for the silk orchids?
@kjo: Twigs in the bottom sounds really good. The wife is from Oregon, and very outdoorsy/woodsy. Thanks!
@MrsBroccoli: You got married in Maryland? Which florist did you use?
@vorpalette: I’m going to order some fake orchids and give it a whirl. Gracias!
Post # 8
Hey, got your PM! I’ll just answer here since it might be useful to others that look up submerged in the future.
I used smaller gems to cover my light, and I ended up using less than I thought. The very top of the light might have stuck out a tiny bit, but it wasn’t noticeable. I think the sea glass may be oddly shaped/larger and that’s why you’re having to use a lot to cover it?
Turned on light and put in the bottom (the day of, I actually am having the gems already in the bottom because I wanted to be in control of the amount, so they will just have to tip the vase to the side, put the light in, and then tip back to cover the light).
I used split shot sinker fishing weights to weigh down my flower. My hyacinth didn’t have a long enough stem to stick it into the gems, and it seemed like that might not hold it. The split shot worked GREAT. I used size 4.
I used Afloral for my bouquet/corsage flowers (they were great) and EFavorMart for my hyacinth for the centerpieces. I was amazed at how putting them in water made them look awesome. I don’t think you have to worry about getting the highest quality or anything, as long as edges aren’t frayed. Be sure you soak one to make sure it doesn’t bleed as well, but I had very dark blue flowers and it wasn’t a problem.
Some people suggest using distilled water to avoid bubbles. I have not found that to be necessary, but mine are quite a bit fuller where it wouldn’t be noticeable.
Here’s a super crappy pic – they look so much cooler in real life. I can’t wait to see them at the wedding and pro pics.
Post # 11
Check out how I did it. I liked the branch thing but it was pricey! I came up with this method to string them on fishing line! I loved it. And, you can get 1000 orchids online for very cheap. Think about it 🙂