Post # 1
Okay I am full of dumb questions today!
I plan on making my own bouquet from supermarket flowers. I am totally cool with that, even if I do all carnations, and confident in my ability to put together something pretty..
My question is, how far ahead can I do this and where do I keep the flowers?
We’ll be marrying in another state and staying in a house with a full kitchen so do I just put the finished bouquet in the fridge? Do the stems need to stay in water right up until the last minute? Do I need to make the bouquet the night before… or how far ahead can I do it?
I know, DUH questions but hey! I don’t know the answers so thanks in advance.
Post # 3
I think it really depends on what type of flowers you use. I would suggest talking to someone in the floral department at your local supermarket and asking about the flowers you anticipate using. Also, I talked to afew local florists and, even at the supermarket, you can order specific flowers in advance which is specifically recommended if you want a certain color as they normally buy mixed bunches and can’t guarantee any quantity of a particular color flower. The supermarket florist I spoke with also told me that she would order the flowers from a specific vendor that she knows to have nicer blooms if I wanted them for my wedding. I also priced out ordering the flowers in bulk from an actual wedding florist and his prices were cheaper than the supermarket! In the end, I decided to not DIY the boquets since I was planning to order church arrangements and bouts but I learned supermarkets are not always the cheapest flowers and the source matters.
Post # 4
Keep the flowers in the fridge as long as possible so they stay as fresh as possible, and even keep them in the fridge after you’ve made them into a bouquet. Keep them in water until about 2 hours before you’re going to walk down the aisle with them. That way the stems will have enough time to dry. I’d recommend making the bouquet as close to the wedding as possible; the night before should be just fine.
I love carnations especially because they are a very hardy flower! They will definitely hold up better than other flowers would. If you were using irises for example, you would not have the option of making your bouquet the night before, because they’d be wilting by the next day already.
Post # 5
@slicey19: Wow, good information! I had no idea you could order speci fic flowers via the supermarket! I figured you just had to deal with whatever they happened to have. Our flower needs are very low.. just my bouquet, some petals for the FG, and maybe bouts if we decide to go that route. Might not at all. The church doesn’t allow any water so no flowers in water and no decorating the pews so really it is made simple for us by default! 😉
My dream would be blue hydrangeas with gardenias and something pink, but I am totally happy with pink carnations, really! I will check out the local florists. Well considering the size of the town we’re marrying in it’s probably ONE local florist! lol!
@jenbrandner: Thanks! I was wondering exactly how long they needed to dry and if we should take them to the church still in water! I love the carnation bouquets I’ve seen online, so simple and pretty! I wonder how hydrangeas would hold up though? do you know? Our colors are pink, blue, ivory. I looked it up and I am pretty sure hydrangeas will be in season late March (?) but I can’t remember about gardenias, which I just adore because my mom grew them and I love the smell.. but I remember how they turned brown very easily.
Post # 6
Hi. I don’t know all the specifics, but I remember reading that you should exercise extreme caution in storing flowers in your refrigerator. Certain fruits and vegetables give off a gas as they age that can spoil your flowers. Again, I don’t remember all the details, but I would ‘evacuate’ your crisper (and any other parts where fruits may be) before putting your flowers in there.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2009 - Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (LaCoste, TX) and Mary Gray Events Center (Castroville, TX)
I see you’re a Texas bride, we got all of our flowers the day before from an HEB plus. We pre ordered for general colors and types. They were super nice and we did the whole wedding (centerpieces, bouts, bouquets) for under $300. We did the arrangements the night before and stashed all the bouts and bouquets in the fridge, the rest we left on the porch (it was cooler in november) in buckets of water for last minute arrangements. As long as you don’t want anything super formal, I totally recommend DIY flowers. We just had ‘loose wildflower looking’ bouquets and I loved them. Oh, and in regards to azure6700, we only had flowers in the fridge, but my test runs before the wedding were stored in our normal, well stocked fridge and still lasted many days. Just buy $10-15 worth of flowers a few weeks before your wedding and play around, being more comfortable with the process makes it go a lot smoother.
Post # 8
I’ve heard that some flowers can wilt in the fridge (I think our refrigerators are kept at a lower temp than florists’?). I would figure out what flowers you are going to use and then do some research to see if the fridge will harm them. Also, carnations are pretty hardy so I think you’d be safe with them, and if you could always buy two carnations and experiment keeping one in the fridge overnight and the other out, in water.
Post # 9
My plan is to make bouquets the day before, leaving the stems quite long so the flowers can have plenty of water without ruining the ribbon wrap I’ll probably have minor panic attacks doing. Then, maybe 20 mins before we leave for the church? my FMIL is gonna whip out the secateurs and trim the excess inches off the bouquets and we’re good to go. Simples! 😉
Post # 10
@MsInterpret: hydrangeas are stunning, but just so you know – they wilt quickly. My good friend just got married, and all her bouquets were hydrangeas. After about 2-3 hours out of the water, they were pretty sad looking. Only do those if you can really use them immediately in the ceremony. If there is several hours of pictures involved, you may want to consider a hardier flower.