Post # 1
I am planning to do a hand tied lilac bouquet for my mom (she is passed on), and have it placed in a reserved chair for her for the ceremony. Also I will be putting a small amount of lilac in my dads boutonieer, since this was her favorite flower.
How well do lilacs hold up?? I don’t see many pics of lilacs on the bee. Tell me about lilacs please!!
Post # 3
@thumpurr: I think this is a super sweet idea and I WISH I knew but flowers aren’t my thing…Can you call a local flower shop to ask?
Post # 4
Unfortunately I don’t think they hold up well. If you go this route I’d try to do the lilacs the morning of, and make sure they have a water reservoir.
Post # 5
Lilacs are the kind of flowers that you need to replace everyday because unfortunately, once cut, they will wilt quite fast (within 24 hours). For one day, it should be okay if they are freshly cut. I see you’re getting married in May, which is the right time of the year (at least where I live) for lilacs : it can be as simple as asking a neighbor or friend who has a lilac tree to have someone cut the flowers when you’re ready to go. I think you can add some salts from the florist which will help preserve the flowers longer in a vase.
Post # 6
@thumpurr: I do not think they last very long, unless you have them in water. They might start looking wilted by the end of the night though or even within a couple hours. Have you looked at fake ones?
Post # 7
I would call florists in your area and ask what the availability is in May. They’re awesome and I hope you get to use them!
Post # 8
The wilting part is what I was concerned about. I remember bringing home lilacs from a neighbors lilac tree to my mom when I was young…..and I remember them wilting really fast.
I guess I will have to call dad and see what her second favorite flower was……I am hoping it is something like tulips. I just want something special not only for her, but for my dad as well…….even if it is a little different from the rest of the flowers.
Post # 9
@thumpurr: I love that you are involving a rememberance of her in your day by doing it such a special way. I hope you are able to do it that way 🙂
Post # 10
@thumpurr: If your dad is wearing the flower as a boutonniere for the wedding, it should be fine. Ultimately, I think you want it to represent your mom AND dad walking you down the aisle and being present to your wedding. He can remove the flower after, because at your reception site, you will have a vase with lilacs to represent your mother. I’m sure there is a way of preserving them for a few hours. It’s worth looking around the Internet or calling a florist/gardening center because as long as they are put in water (and I’ve seen somewhere, even ice ?!) it can make them last longer.