Post # 16
I am DIYing bouquets and bouts for my wedding and have taken a few classes to learn how to do it from a florist.
Couple of things I’ve learned. If you are buying flowers wholesale, they may have to be processed (cut, dipped, and placed in water over night) to refresh them and open them up, so you may want to think about getting the flowers Wednesday to start assembling Thursday. Once they are processed, you can make the bouts, at which point they will need to be refrigerated. The trick my florist taught me was to breath into a sandwhich bag, place the bout inside, and then seal the bag and put in the fridge. If properly processed and stored, they should definitely last from Thursday until Saturday.
Post # 17
Thank you so much! All of your advice/info is so helpful. I will contact the wholesaler I am ordering from and ask them about processing the flowers. When you say “dipped” what does that entail?
Post # 18
my SIL and Mother-In-Law made some , im sorry but ugly ones for the boys. i never asked and felt too bad turning them down. looked like it didnt take much to make them. all the groomsmen wore them and DH just wore a simple white orchid that my coworker donated. in the pictures they actually look good and they i kept them and hang them decorativly around the house. they were just really big burlap flowers wtih shells and blue and yellow thread…
Post # 19
So you cut the bottoms of the stems, then within 10 seconds dip the ends in this hydro dip solution that helps the stems take in water. I think its like a powder that you add to water. Your wholesaler should be able to give you tips and instructions to ensure that your flowers look their best. Not sure if your wholesaler will have a kit you can buy, but if so it would be totally worth it. The kit should include the hydro dip, good shears, a stem stripper, floral wire, floral tape, etc…