Post # 1
My florist in Mexico is telling us they aren’t a good choice for wedding flowers because they don’t stay fresh…they said they would have to make arragements while they aren’t open yet (still green) and that there is no guarantee they will open in time for the reception and if they do the arragments with them alreayd open they will turn yellow.
wtf? I’ve been to tons of weddings and seen hydrangeas….is it possible we use certain chemicals in the water to keep them fresh here or is it just the heat in mexico?
Post # 3
Hydrangeas need lots of water. I was in a wedding that used them and unfortunately they bareky made it through the ceremony. They wilt very easily.
Post # 4
I’m using a ton of hydrangeas in my wedding. The florist didn’t mention doing the arrangements before the flower opens. I didn’t think you could even buy hydrangeas before they opened. The only element my florist said they wouldn’t work for are boutonnieres because the flower has to be broken down into such small pieces. I have heard that they do wilt a bit quickly but if you keep your bouquet in water before the ceremony, it should be fine. You could always put it back into a vase during the reception if you’re worried about it.
Post # 5
This sparked my curiosity, so I searched and found this:
Apparently they do have the chance of wilting quickly but you can help to prevent it.
Post # 6
I honestly didn’t know that about hydrangeas. I’m having them in my wedding flowers, among others, and my florist never brought that up. Good to know.
Post # 7
I used hydrangeas in my bouquets. My bouquet was a mix of roses and hydrangea and my MOH’s bouquet was all hydrangea. It was probably in the mid 80’s on my wedding day and my ceremony was outside. My MOH’s bouquet looked pretty bad by the very end of the night, but the hydrangeas in mine were fine.Maybe mixing them in with another flower helps?
Post # 8
I used hydrangeas as my wedding flower, and opted for silk because of this. I told my florist I wanted real flowers, but silk hydrangeas, and she said that was the best idea, because there were no guarantees with hydrangeas. She said chances were, they’d be pretty wilted by the end of the day.
Post # 9
So this totally has me worried now! All of my center pieces and bouquets are going to be hydrangeas. They won’t wilt as long as they are in water, correct?
Post # 10
I used hydrangeas for my wedding bouquet. We made the bouquet the night before, left it in water in the fridge all night, and by the morning, it was half-way wilted! I spritzed it with a lot of water when we got to the venue and even dipped it in water, but it was still mildly wilted. Make sure to keep them incredibly hydrated if you use them!
Post # 11
My sister used Hydrangeas in her bouquets, and as the Maid/Matron of Honor I was running around all day picking up the other girls bouquets and putting them back in the vases. They made it through the ceremony, but only because every single available moment they were back in water.
Post # 12
Hmmm…I’m having hydrangea in my centrepieces (mixed with roses and other flowers) but not in my bouquet (roses for that). My florist didn’t say anything about warning against hydrangeas. Maybe it is different when you are using them in centrepieces only, since they can be in some form of water all day/night? I know my sister used hydrangea in her centerpieces (by the same florist) and never had any issues – the arrangements still looked beautiful by the end of the night. PP have still made me nervous though, so i will check with my florist!
Post # 13
This is really interesting. I had hydrangeas for my centerpieces and as a part of my bouquets, and I had no problem with wilting. In fact, my wedding was on a Sunday and we picked up all the floral arrangements the day before (just stored them in my parents’ basement).
Also, my bouquet lasted about 4 days (in a vase w/ water), and my mom kept all the centerpieces (that were left) alive for about 2 weeks!! Now I’m not saying they looked brand new after 2 weeks, but they certainly didn’t look disgusting or old.
I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Just keep them well hydrated/in a cool place!
Post # 14
I had hydrangeas in my centerpieces and around my ceremony arch. There was no wilting. Everyone who took home a centerpiece even commented on how they lasted for a week after the wedding. Centerpieces were mainly hydrangeas and roses and they were all white/ivory – which to me, if they wilt, you can notice it right away…… and like I said, we had no problems. And I live in South Florida and my wedding was in May – average temps over 85 degrees (ceremony was outdoors).
Post # 15
@doxielove: @OliveT: So glad to hear this! My sister had the same experience, so I am glad to hear others saying their hydrangeas were fine! Thanks 🙂
Post # 16
I am using antique blue hydrangeas in my bouquet, as well as boutonnieres, and my florist said that these particular ones hold up pretty well out of water.
However, she did mention that regular hydrangeas can wilt pretty quickly when out of water. I guess it just depends how fresh they are when the bouquets are made!
My sister had them in her centrepieces, and they were fine! Best of luck!