(Closed) DIY FLORAL EMERGENCY

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Its OKAY, Miss Eagle!

I do think peonies will start to look droopy after 3 days in warm temps- they’ve got very delicate petals.  I don’t think they’ll fall apart, though.

I actually kind of like the cadaver fridge idea.  Is it the dead body thing that turns you off the idea?  Because I think its cool- its a part of your grad student life and you will look back and laugh at something like that.

You could also rent a cheap ass hotel room to keep the flowers in and crank the AC.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Does your venue have a commercial-size fridge? A walk-in fridge or even a double-wide fridge would definitely help. See if you can drop them off early!!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I second both ideas about a hotel room or seeing if your venue can store them in a commercial fridge. They definitely need to be kept cold to stay crisp looking for the wedding. Good luck, Eagle!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Miss Eagle:  You mean you can’t picture picking up the flowers with detached heads surrounding you?…  lol!

I’m glad the hotel idea helped!  That was my plan when I was considering DIY flowers- it can be your private staging area.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do you or any of your friends have a window AC?  Pick a smaller room set up the flowers, turn the AC aaaallll the way up, and limit people going in and out of the room.  

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Window AC would be cheaper to buy and you could even re sell it on Kijiji after the wedding. It may crank your power bill up but not as much as a hotel room for a few days. Also if you buy one at walmart they have a great return policy if you dont like it.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Before spending money to rent a hotel room, call your local florist and see if you could just store your flowers there until you need them.  They’ll most likely do it free of charge, especially if you explain to them your situation!

I’d suggest you pick them up Wednesday, drop them off at the flower shop to keep in their cooler, pick them up Friday morning, and let them sit out for the day until you arrange them in the late afternoon/evening.  Peonies are pretty delicate flowers and 3 days in heat *could* be too much for them, but keeping them out for a day should open them up.

If you’re really nervous about it and want to leave them in a cooler right up until the time you need them, you can open them yourself.  I’ve done it before while working in a floral shop and it works fine.  I can’t find a video online, but I’ll try to explain it:

Once you get them into the open air, let them sit a while.  Once they start warming up (after a couple hours- they should feel soft like a marshmallow), gently use your thumbs and push from the center outward, peeling the petals back carefully (almost like you would do if you were “fluffing” tissue paper).  Some may pop open after a few petals are pushed back, some may need a little more time to sit on their own.  After an hour or so, go back through the closed ones and try “fluffing” them again.

You’ll be fine!  Peonies have delicate petals, but you can rough them up a bit to open them.  🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Could you check with the farmer to see how long they think the flowers will survive out of water? I am fairly certain I’ve read lots ofs accounts from people who did DIY flowers without involving a fridge in any of it. The window AC idea sounds workable as well. I bet your basement laundry room would do the trick, though!

And, not meaning to be rude to your mom, but unless she’s a florist and/or has worked with peonies in the same set of conditions, then she doesn’t know that they will wilt. I bet it’ll all be fine.

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