timing for making your own centerpieces (live flowers)

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I’ve heard that you should order them 3-4 days in advance to give them time to open up, then make them the day before and keep them stored with water and somewhere cool and out of the sun.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I did all my center pieces and bouquets myself for my wedding. I used only roses and they were delivered on Wednesday morning. I prepped them by trimming the stems under water then putting them in buckets of water with some flower food and a drop of bleach. I stored them in the basement to keep them cool. I made all the center pieces and bouquets on Friday afternoon. The centerpieces were in low vases, so they were still in water. I put the finished bouquets in vases until the next day. The wedding was on Saturday at 1600. An hour or so before the ceremony, I took the bouquets out of the water and wrapped the stems. The flowers were beautiful! I will post some pics.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

All that advice is good, the only other thing I would add is after you cut the stems, let them sit out for an hour or so before you put them someplace cool.  It’s called conditioning and it helps the stems take up as much water as possible.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Monny:  Beautiful pictures! You did a great job– looks like you have a lot of patience under pressure! I would have been so stressed.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m going to be making centerpieces and reception flowers but not bouquets. We’re having a small wedding, so there won’t be too terribly many. My current plan is to pick the flowers up on thursday (we’re getting them from Pike Place Market in Seattle) and arrange them on Friday. I might see about borrowing a bunch of coolers to keep them in. They’re going to be very low arrangements in bowls, so they’ll fit in a standard cooler.

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