(Closed) Any August brides? What flowers are you using for bouquets?

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would definitely say meet with a different florist and see what they say. Where do you live at? Is it somewhere really hot and humid? I do know that Hydrangeas need a lot of water. But there has got to be more flowers than just roses that can withstand heat. It sounds like they were being lazy not coming up with anything else and trying to do what’s easy or something. I am getting married July 23rd and doing Garden roses and Dahlias in Ohio. Also, I have grown dahlia’s in my backyard before and there are different sizes/shapes of Dahlias. The bigger dinnerplate types are very fragile and bruise easily, but there are smaller more compact shapes. More circular and pom pon types that are very fun and I think would be less delicate than the dinnerplate dahlias. Shapes like this

Also, I know that orchids are supposed to be very longlasting and strong. They are expensive though. And Calla lillies seem like they would be strong too. Meet with another florist and I have a feeling that they will give you way more ideas!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Wow they told you to make the bouquets yourself? I’m completely shocked by this because you would think a florist would welcome the business, even if just bouquets. I’d meet with another florist. 

I have yet to meet with a florist but I plan on using real flowers for my August wedding. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Also, something I’ve been seeing a lot of is the succulent bouquets. Those have got to be able to withstand heat! They are very fun.

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I got married August 1st and we used hydrangeas for bridesmaid bouquets and centerpieces – no problem.  My bouquet was mostly lisianthus. 

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Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Well, I’m July 30, so just a few days shy of August. I heard the same things about hydrangeas… some say don’t use them at all, others say they hold up fine. I decided to use them for my BMs. The florist said just to keep them in water as long as I can. If I take them out for pictures, just re-cut them and stick them back in water. Hopefully, they hold up b/c I love them!

For other flowers, I’m using a lot of roses and some other flowers. Another good one is a football mum.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I agree with the PP’s, you need to meet with another florist.  Sounds like they don’t want your business.  There are a lot of flowers that are available year round, regardless of location or time of year.  I picked Calla Lily’s for that exact reason.  August has a ton of flowers, maybe not locally in your area but they can get them through a wholesaller.  Sweet peas, zinnias, dahlias are all in season.  Dahlias for whatever reason are expensive in my area.  Ranaculous flowers should also be in season. 
I found this website helpful for me, obviously its got colorado information on there but they breakdown each flower to tell you when you can get it and when you can’t.  There is probably a resource like this from one of your local whole sellers that you could look through but hopefully this will give you a start.
http://www.stevensandson.com/cuts/cut_index.htm

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

dahlias should be in season by your wedding.  I am also using orchids, roses, garden roses, rananculus, bells of ireland.. there are tons of other options.  Lose your florist and get a new one who is excited about your wedding and using what’s available (which is a lot)… but hydrangeas would probably wilt a that time of year.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The location we are having our wedding has a very cool weather for this time of year so luckily we don’t have to worry too much about the humidity wilting the flowers. We are using Hydrageas in the centerpieces. My bouquet will be orange callalillies, orange orchids and some white accents.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Etre: I agree with many of these ladies, try another florist! I can’t believe that they suggested you create your own bouquet.  It seems that they are more worried about covering their butts than trying to help you out with your own needs!  

For my wedding, we will be using hydrangeas & dendrobium orchids.  I consulted with 2 different florists and neither of them were worried about using these flowers.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I live in ny and got married last summer..While my bouqets were calla lilies, I did use hydrangeas in my center pieces – so you can definitely use them!

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