Post # 1
A lot of brides that are getting married in the summer or in warm climates are concerned about how the flowers they choose will hold up. However, I think this is something everyone should consider when choosing flowers.
I DIYed my flowers. I practiced several times and each time I left my bouquet out of water, at room temperature for 24 hours to see how it would hold up being out of water all day at my wedding.
I chose roses and hypericum berries and they held up remarkably well- so I was relieved.
However, a friend of mine worked with a florist and wanted hydrangeas used for the bouquets, centerpieces and bouts. The bouquets and centerpieces were fine. The guys bouts- not so much.
Below are before and after pictures (ie before the ceremony and after the ceremony). You can see how droopy the ‘after’ picture is- and it’s only right after the ceremony and it was a fall wedding- not hot at all! So in their bridal party photos, the bouts were already all droopy.
So, tell us what flower you chose for your wedding and how they held up!
Post # 3
We used mini calla lilies for the bouts and they held up really well. In the bouquets we used roses and mini calla lilies and those also did great.
Post # 4
We’re doing feather and leaf bouts… After seeing my friend’s bouts crushed after an hour, we decided not to go that route. We hope there is lots of hugging on wedding day!
Post # 5
Has anyone used tulips? They seem fragile and sensitive to being out of water- and I know they usually don’t last long when I buy them.
I know Gerber daisies are popular too- has anyone had any trouble with the stems snapping? Did your florist wire the stems?
Post # 6
We did mini callas too and they held up just fine.
Post # 7
wow rosy! you did those yourself? A+
I talked to my florist & I told her I want hydrangeas EVERYWHERE and she basically said don’t do it. Apparently hydrangeas are very hard to work with & can go very droopy very fast! She found some perfect silk hydrangeas (you seriously can’t tell the difference & they were on sale woo!) at Restoration Hardware. She’s going to put them in my bouquet & altar decorations…
Doctor girl has a good point- there’s going to be lots of hugging so the flower needs to be sturdy! I’m actually leaning towards green berries!
Post # 8
Yeah, we had hydrangeas on our cake, in between each tier, and they do not hold up outside of water. By the time the reception started, the flowers were already turning brown. 🙁 Nobody really noticed, except you can definitely tell in some of our detail shots.
Also, we used some lavendar which was ok, but didn’t look as great by the end of the night as they did at the beginning of the night. The delphinium held up well, but roses were by far the best.
Post # 9
The mini callas & calla lilies hold up great. Funny story though–I made the mistake of putting the corsages & bouts. in the freezer while we were getting ready. They were all peruvian lilies–what a mess!! They were all clumps of brown & grey when we got ready to pin them on. Luckily there was a garden right outside & we were able to "procure" some pretty nice mini callas.
Post # 10
jacobschar– I don’t understand why would you put them in the freezer. Is this supposed to keep them fresh, I mean flowers beside peruvian lilies? lol
Post # 11
How about mini button poms? Do those last?