Post # 1
We have a limited budget for our wedding, so my MOH has offered to make mine and all the bridesmaid’s bouquets. I’d like a single type of flower in the bouquet–either a hand-tied rose bouquet, or a carnation bouquet: http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/07/28/photo-shoot-diy-bouquet/
How far in advance do you think my MOH should actually make the bouquet? Should she also prepare the flowers (removing greenery, hydrating, etc) the same day, or the day before? Also, how should they be stored after making them? Water + Fridge (free of food and apples especially), I assume.
Post # 3
You could do them the afternoon/evening before the wedding and store them in the fridge (like you said, with water and sans the food). As long as the temp is between 36 and 46 degrees F (I believe, just don’t freeze them!) they should last very well throughout the night.
Some flowers require a constant water source (tulips, gerbera daisies, iris, etc) and should be kept in water as much as possible or they’ll wilt very quickly.
Most of the time it’s easier to just clean the flowers and get started on the arrangements right away, at least you’ll only have one mess to clean up. Otherwise, it really doesn’t matter when you prepare the flowers, just as long as they’re kept in water and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to put everything together.
Best of luck!
Post # 4
I actually googled this topic and I would advise doing that and then maybe doing a test run on them. take a few flowers of your choice and look up how to store them and follow the directions this way you can be sure in advance how long before the flowers wilt. you may be able to do the arrangement a day – two days in advanced and if you can only do them a day in advance then have her clear her day because it takes a good amount of time to make them… depending on how many, and you wouldn’t want her to be rushed to get them done in time.
But generally water with flower food and in a fridge is what i’ve picked up over all.
Post # 5
Thanks for the advice, guys!