(Closed) Bouquet wrap?

posted 11 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I’m no floral expert, but that seems really weird…also, what does water have to do w/ it?  Is she planning on making your bouquet days ahead and then plonking it into a vase of water to keep it fresh?  That’s not so good, IMO.

I didn’t ask for the stem wrap — I never even thought about it, silly me — and my florist did it as a matter of course.  She didn’t use satin ribbon, tho’ — it was more like the nicer kinds of ribbon you see on gifts…not quite cloth, but certainly not that slick shiny stuff…it is actually woven together, of what, I dunno.  But, essentially, what I’m saying is: I don’t get your florist either.

I’m pretty sure if you do a Google search, you should be able to find some instructions on how to wrap a ribbon of your own around the stems, if she’s just too stubborn. (The one thing I have noticed is that as I’ve dried my bouquet, the wrap has come a little loose — the stems lose all their moisture and get skinny as they dry. But it’s no biggie since I don’t really touch it.)

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Ohhhh…yeah, but I still don’t get the water thing.    Our flowers (bouquets, etc.) came packed in boxes w/ a layer of damp newspaper under this cotton-y filling stuff, and the boxes had all obviously been in the fridge until right before we got them…kept our flowers all nice and pretty.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I think that’s a bit weird of your florist…can you bring in a roll of satin ribbon and request that she use it? That way she is more inclined to use the ribbon since you brought one in?

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007

Yeah, your florist sounds a bit off, but I’m sure it’s nothing.  The ribbon thing works fine because I did that with a chiffon layer on top of the satin, and nothing got wet and everything was fine. 

Just an idea for your bouquet wrap: if you’re getting your dress hemmed, you can use the fabric from your dress on  your bouquet to match.  I was originally going to do that, but I was too lazy to bring it to the florist.  🙂

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

My florist put each bouquet in a vase of water when she brought it to the church. Needless to say, the satin stem wraps were soaking wet and we had to do some serious drying to prevent any drips from staining our dresses. I thought it was a strange way to do things…. but I guess that’s just the way she prefers to deliver them. If that’s how your florist is planning on doing it (putting it in a vase), then yes, I would recommend using a lighter or more sheer ribbon so you don’t run into the same problems I did!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Do you have to wrap the whole stem in ribbon? You can leave at least an inch or so of stem showing and that can be left in water…

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Sweeney – that is irritating of your florist, but I would say just ignore her attitude about it and tell her "yes that is the way I want it done, thank you" if she said she’d do it with the satin wrap.  You don’t owe her an explanation for why you like that look.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

err, tell her to take the flowers out of water at least 30 mins before the ceremony.  also, you can have her wrap just the main part, leaving an inch or 2 for the stems to soak in water.  but still, have her take it out long before she gives it to you and your gals.  i think it’s quite odd that she thinks it’s odd to wrap the bouquets in satin.  everyone and their momma’s done it.  you might wanna show her some pictures of bridal mags. :  good luck!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2007

When my florist arrived at the site, with the flowers, we (she) wrapped a new (imported, french) ribbon that I had purchased around the (cheaper) one she’d already wrapped it in.  Consider doing this–it’s really not as complicated as I would have thought. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

My florist used satin ribbon, that I chose and provided, for my stem wrap.  I didn’t have any problems with water at all, but I was very careful only to keep the very tips in water (I picked my bouquet up and transported it myself, because all the other flowers were DIY and I didn’t need her to make the trip).

Also, it has dried beautifully and is on display at our house.  Yes, the stems inside shrunk when they dried, but the wrap still looks as beautiful as on our wedding day.  Just make sure when you dry it to dry it upside down and not attach it by the wrap while drying.

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