Flower/florist issues: help me brainstorm?! Arch ideas? Centerpieces?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

@Blush_and_Bashful:  Wow, that sounds like a super stressful situation. First, take a deep breath. It’s entirely possible that a local floral designer is either not booked or able to book multiple events on your date, so you might consider contacting some of them. Second, I would highly, highly suggest you not attempt to do an arch or other large ceremony piece yourself unless you have a fair amount of experience. They need to be set up within a short time before your event, and you do NOT want to be climbing ladders and worrying about design mechanics when you should be getting ready. Garlands can look nice but are time-consuming and you’d have to do them the night before, and that’s the time you have stuff like rehearsal dinner and other last-minute preparation to worry about. Third, I’m really sorry that this situation came up at a time when you’re least equipped to deal with it, but it’s better to know now than in a month or in the week of your wedding, yes? Fourth, I’ve done loose flowers on tables (NOT in bowls or vases) before; several flower types are hardy enough to look fine outside of water for periods of time – chrysanthemums do just fine as cut heads, for example, and they are in season in November. Spider mums are pretty large and an interesting shape/texture, and come in white, green, purple, and yellow. Alstroemeria does fine outside of water and can be cut and scattered. Lilies can work as well, though they are temperamental to deal with beforehand (as in, getting enough to be at the right stage of open for your event at the right time). Some fillers look fine loose, particularly limonium, wax flower, and statice. In fact, some small filler flowers mixed in amongst a few larger mums atop moss sounds really pretty and easy to set up for your DOC or someone else helping you. Hope some of this helps!

Post # 4
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8425 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@greensnapdragon:  +1 to all of this, however just be sure you don’t mind the smell of limonium OP.  I love the way it looks and was planning on using it for my wedding (I DIY’d my flowers), until I got a whiff.

Post # 7
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59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

@Blush_and_Bashful:  Honestly, I wouldn’t bother; that seems like an awful lot of work and if you use flower types that are OK out of water for several hours, they won’t need it. I might do it if your reception is going to be outside, in full sun, on a hot day, but otherwise – man, that’s so much work!

Alstroemeria is pretty, comes in lots of colors, and is inexpensive. You can often find a bunch at grocery stores; they come with lots of leaves but if you’re just cutting heads you won’t have to worry about stripping/prepping them. When I’ve done events in places that don’t have a lot of local wholesale flower options (for example, when I did a wedding in South Dakota in February) we ordered the alstroe from Fiftyflowers; it arrived on a Thursday and looked great for the Saturday wedding.

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