Post # 1
I wanted to make my own bouquets and I planned to do Hydrangeas, however a friend told me, they attempted to do a diy hydrangea bouquet and because of the hot weather the entire thing wilted once it got outside. I’m getting married outdoors in late Aug in the Bay Area.
Any tips or horror stories on hydrangea bouquets, I love the look, but I definetly want them to make it through my whole wedding.
Post # 3
Hydra=loves water. I carried a DIY hydrangea bouquet in a wedding in late August. I was the Maid/Matron of Honor and we kept them in a bucket of water right up untli we got into the car to drive in air conditioning for 20 minutes. By the time we arrived at the reception, the three other bridesmaids and I dismantled all four bouquets just to salvage enough for me to still have one, and even that was a little sad looking.
Unless you can buy the holders that actually hold water in them constantly, I might rethink the hydrangeas.
Post # 4
They don’t last long out of water. As PP stated, unless you have a way to keep them wet constantly, I would opt for a different flower!
Post # 5
but hydrangeas dry well, so you could still have them, but not fresh.
Post # 6
I used hydrangeas in my bouquet and my BM’s bouquets, but I had a professional florist do them as our wedding was in the middle of July on a very hot day. She recommended using other flowers as well to help prop them up and said to just put them in water whenever we could. We kept them in water until it was time for pictures, then they were out of the water for about an hour and a half for pictures – they still looked fine but we were able to put them back in water for 30 minutes before the ceremony started and they perked right up again, looking as fresh as they did at the start of the day. They held up through our 45 minute ceremony just fine and then went right back into water on the head table. We had no issues with them.
I know my florist had a trick for keeping them hydrated longer but I can’t remember exactly what it was. It may have had something to do with the way the bottom of the stems are cut off but regardless, ours held up fine in 90 degree heat.
They are a very finicky flower and if you’re going to DIY them, I’d be cautious and make sure you have learned every trick in the book to keep them hydrated. Good luck!