(Closed) Dahlias in August. Yay or Nay?

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
5524 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France

I cant say I am a flower expert but … The flowers will be in the sun for such a short period of time. Could this really happen? She just doesnt seem like she is respecting your choices.. IF someone had the nerve to dictate that I should have a bright flower at my wedding because of the season I would politely ask her IF she is capable of giving me what I want or if she cant.. because that is the real question here. 

Post # 4
134 posts
Blushing bee

Although these are fall flowers, the are a classic beauty and go with every season! With that being said, I would recommend finding a florist that hears your ideas and makes them come to reality! Nowadays there are flowers available at any time, its just cheaper when they are in season. My suggestion would be to mix it so it wont quilt easily like the picture below. Moreover, peonis are in season so it shouldnt be expensive.


Post # 6
3198 posts
Sugar bee

Isabelle663:  I just wanted to share my experience with flowers/wedding planning. I really wish I hadn’t let people talk me into/out of things. For my colors, I wanted a more “summery” bouquet of bright oranges, light oranges, and teal/tiffany blue ribbon. People said it wouldn’t fit with the season, that it would look like the broncos (I’m a Denver fan), etc.. and I let them talk me out of it. Were my flowers beautiful? yes. But I really wish I had just chosen the things to make me happy. 

For the heat vs flower issue, you won’t be outside more than what, an hour? That shouldn’t be an issue. If you’re worried, maybe you can bring a jar of cool water or a cooler that had ice in it with you and let the flowers sit in it while you do pics without the bouquet. 

Post # 8
136 posts
Blushing bee

I thought peonies were only in season for a couple of weeks in early summer. I love dahlias, but i can see how they might be wilty, with their delicate pointy petals and skinny stems. You also have to consider the time the florist is working with them. Good luck!

Post # 10
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

As a floral designer, I have used cafe au lait dahlias from June through October. I will say, however, that they are very temperamental and temperature-sensitive; the petals will literally appear to melt if the flowers are exposed to temperatures over around 75F. When I use them in my work and I know it will be warm, I deliberately overbuy to make sure I have enough to use that will still be in good condition, because sometimes they can drop petals without warning. If you really want cafe au lait dahilas for your bouquet, my suggestion would be to have two identical bouquets made – one that you will use for photos outdoors and one that you will hold during the ceremony. That way, your bouquet will look beautiful in all of your photos. Good luck!

Post # 11
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had those same dahlias in my bouquet and I was outside in 75 degree weather for several hours and they held up well. It sounds more like your florist wants to push you to more expensive flowers so they can make more money

Post # 12
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had an outdoor wedding in early september and my dahlias were just fine!  I love dahlias in bouquets- definitely ask a different florist!

Post # 13
3725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Isabelle663:  I had dahlias for my mid-September outdoor wedding and it worked fine!

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