(Closed) Dumb question about flowers if I DIY my bouquet..?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I think it really depends on what type of flowers you use. I would suggest talking to someone in the floral department at your local supermarket and asking about the flowers you anticipate using. Also, I talked to afew local florists and, even at the supermarket, you can order specific flowers in advance which is specifically recommended if you want a certain color as they normally buy mixed bunches and can’t guarantee any quantity of a particular color flower. The supermarket florist I spoke with also told me that she would order the flowers from a specific vendor that she knows to have nicer blooms if I wanted them for my wedding. I also priced out ordering the flowers in bulk from an actual wedding florist and his prices were cheaper than the supermarket! In the end, I decided to not DIY the boquets since I was planning to order church arrangements and bouts but I learned supermarkets are not always the cheapest flowers and the source matters.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Keep the flowers in the fridge as long as possible so they stay as fresh as possible, and even keep them in the fridge after you’ve made them into a bouquet.  Keep them in water until about 2 hours before you’re going to walk down the aisle with them.  That way the stems will have enough time to dry.  I’d recommend making the bouquet as close to the wedding as possible; the night before should be just fine.

I love carnations especially because they are a very hardy flower!  They will definitely hold up better than other flowers would.  If you were using irises for example, you would not have the option of making your bouquet the night before, because they’d be wilting by the next day already.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Hi. I don’t know all the specifics, but I remember reading that you should exercise extreme caution in storing flowers in your refrigerator. Certain fruits and vegetables give off a gas as they age that can spoil your flowers. Again, I don’t remember all the details, but I would ‘evacuate’ your crisper (and any other parts where fruits may be) before putting your flowers in there.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009 - Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (LaCoste, TX) and Mary Gray Events Center (Castroville, TX)

I see you’re a Texas bride, we got all of our flowers the day before from an HEB plus.  We pre ordered for general colors and types.  They were super nice and we did the whole wedding (centerpieces, bouts, bouquets) for under $300.  We did the arrangements the night before and stashed all the bouts and bouquets in the fridge, the rest we left on the porch (it was cooler in november) in buckets of water for last minute arrangements.  As long as you don’t want anything super formal, I totally recommend DIY flowers.  We just had ‘loose wildflower looking’ bouquets and I loved them. Oh, and in regards to azure6700, we only had flowers in the fridge, but my test runs before the wedding were stored in our normal, well stocked fridge and still lasted many days. Just buy $10-15 worth of flowers a few weeks before your wedding and play around, being more comfortable with the process makes it go a lot smoother.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’ve heard that some flowers can wilt in the fridge (I think our refrigerators are kept at a lower temp than florists’?). I would figure out what flowers you are going to use and then do some research to see if the fridge will harm them. Also, carnations are pretty hardy so I think you’d be safe with them, and if you could always buy two carnations and experiment keeping one in the fridge overnight and the other out, in water.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My plan is to make bouquets the day before, leaving the stems quite long so the flowers can have plenty of water without ruining the ribbon wrap I’ll probably have minor panic attacks doing. Then, maybe 20 mins before we leave for the church? my Future Mother-In-Law is gonna whip out the secateurs and trim the excess inches off the bouquets and we’re good to go. Simples! 😉

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MsInterpret: hydrangeas are stunning, but just so you know – they wilt quickly. My good friend just got married, and all her bouquets were hydrangeas. After about 2-3 hours out of the water, they were pretty sad looking. Only do those if you can really use them immediately in the ceremony. If there is several hours of pictures involved, you may want to consider a hardier flower.

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