(Closed) centerpieces?? how early do i make them?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My x-SIL did her own flowers for her wedding.  We stayed up the entire night before and cut them, arranged them, put in water and then the fridge.  I’m not sure if the fridge was too cold or what but the next morning, they had started to wilt.  Mostly her white flowers.  So it sent me and her friends on a crazy mission all over the city to buy replacement flowers.  We wound up at walmart and costco and got them but we were still working on them up until the wedding started.  I’m not sure WHY that happened since I know nothing about real flowers.  BUT for some reason, her bouquet DID make it all night and looked incredible.  

I would do a “test” arrangement and put them in the fridge to see how long they will last.  Also consider how long the flowers will be room temp before the guests actually get to see them to see if you like them???  I hope that helps. 

Post # 4
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i am using silk flowers to stop this problem hehe. i have already made all of mine and there is a year til my wedding 😀 XO

Post # 5
109 posts
Blushing bee

What kind of flowers are you planning on using exactly, and are you ordering them from a store to be sure you will have them (or just hoping they will be in stock the week of your wedding?)  It will depend a lot on the type of flowers you use, and if you have at least an air conditioned room to store them in.  A fridge can be tricky- my friend went that route and 50% of the hydrangeas used actually had ice on them the morning of the wedding because of they condensation and getting too cold- they turned brown by the time of the wedding.  Certain flowers will hold up for days just sitting out in a vase, others will wilt within hours.  If you are ordering the flowers from a store (such as Safeway or something, not sure where you are in Oregon) you could ask the in store florist about how to best care for the flowers at home and when they think you should make up the arrangements, etc.  My friend has been running a floral design business out of her home the last two years and it was a learning process to figure out exactly when to buy the flowers, how to store them, etc. She has two huge air conditioners running in her garage all summer long to store the flowers out there, lol!  I would recommend doing as TexasBee said and do a test run or two well before the big day to be sure.  And if AT ALL POSSIBLE I would just hire a florist- maybe at least to take care of your bouquet since that will be the most handled and most photographed piece, you want it to be sturdy and fresh looking!  Good luck!!!  😀

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