(Closed) DIY Hydrangeas?

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We had hydrangeas at our wedding (although they weren’t DIY).  While they’re beautiful, they are very delicate flowers.  I would not recommend having hydrangeas on your cake, in bouts, or in bouquets because they turn brown very quickly out of water.  Also, be careful about having them in extreme heat (like an outside wedding in 100 degree weather).  Hope this helps!

Post # 4
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oooo hydrangeas are gorgeous. I used silk ones and i love how fluffy and real they look! I’m partial to real ones but i got some mean flower allergies =]

Post # 5
1356 posts
Bumble bee

We are using hydrangeas for the bridesmaids bouquets, but will keep them in water tubes and wrap those with ribbon so they don’t get limp from being out of water. Good luck!

Post # 6
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

also, about having them on the cake, they are apparently a no-go on actually touching the cakes, as they are dangerous to humans. Just something I’ve read in a few places.

I’m doing my own diy hydrangeas, but they will be silk, so I have no idea what they are like to deal with.

Post # 7
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2019 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

I had a hydrangea bouquet as a Bridesmaid or Best Man once.  In the Texas summer heat it wilted really fast!  We had to hold the bouquets really high so you couldn’t see the flowers slumping over!  If you are indoors or somewhere cool you might not have this problem, but I would go with another flower (or the silk version) if you are in a warm climate!

Post # 9
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m using silk ones mixed in with real flowers in my altar flowers and my bouquet (to keep continuity). I found some real looking ones at Restoration Hardware… you seriously can’t tell the difference unless you touch them.

Hydrangeas are so sensitive & wilt really, really fast without water. Most florists won’t even work with hydrangeas (in bouquets). I suggest using them in centerpieces or anywhere they can get water ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
19 posts
  • Wedding: June 2009

Hey! I actually just got married June 6th in Florida and our ceremony was outside. I DIYed all of the bouquets and centerpieces and they all included white hydrangeas. They were BEAUTIFUL and didn’t wilt. Our ceremony was only 15 mins, but I was outside taking pictures with my bouquet for about an hour after the ceremony and my bouquet held up well. During the reception, I had vases of water for our bouquets and mine lasted about a week past the wedding. Actually, the hydrangea held up better than the rananculus did! I wouldn’t give up hope entirely because I proved it can be done! If you have any questions please feel free to PM me- Good Luck!

Post # 11
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I was talking to my florist just Thursday about hydrangeas and how they hold up without water.  She was saying that it is a risk to put them into bouquets, beacuse they need a lot of water.  I would suggest if you do put them into bouquets, having water available for the right after the ceremony/pictures (like Meg1223 did).  I am thinking for doing silk hydrangeas at my ceremony site (in pew cones) and real hydrangeas as my centerpeices inside.  Good luck!

Post # 12
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I received a great tip from a florist yesterday on how to handle hydrangeas. He recommended removing the stem leaves, then cutting the stem to just about one of the "knots" and then "smashing" the stem so it frays and thus is able to absorb water better. I think if you were to use them in bouquets, you would need to soak the stem/handle until the very last minute to give the flowers a fighting chance…

Good luck!! 

Post # 13
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m so glad that I am reading this post. I was definitely considering using the hyndrangeas, but may have to re-think things. Anyone know of a good green flower that could replace the hyndrangeas?

Post # 14
25 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

Wow, I’m so glad I read this.  I’ve been desperately wanting to have green hydrangeas as my bouquet—for an outdoor wedding in Mid June.  This could turn out badly.  Thanks for the advice

Post # 15
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I was also advised by a florist to avoid putting them in bouquets and I’ve seen pro photos of wilting hydrangea bouquets. However, I am planning to DIY a centerpiece. My mom’s friend always has dried hydrangeas in her house at the end of the summer and they look great. The color darkens a bit and sometimes the very tips of blooms are almost brown but they do not look dead or wilting. I have not tried it myself but she tells me she just gives them a bit of water after cutting and then they dry in the vase. My mom has had them too and they look good for some weeks like this so I am hoping to get the two them to dry hydrangeas from their gardens to fill flower pot centerpieces and if all else fails I will visit a flowershop to fill my pots.

Post # 16
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m hoping to (semi-) DIY some hydrangeas, so I’ve been experimenting for the past few weeks. You may want to check out Trader Joe’s if you have one nearby – I got some there last week and they lasted several days in a vase without wilting. They might work for centerpieces at least.

Good luck!

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