Post # 1
I’ve seen a lot of real weddings on my fav blogs where brides are incorporating fruit in their glass vases to stabilize their flower arrangements and add a colourful, fresh bit of interest. I’m wondering though, when some uses a bunch of cut limes in a vase (for example), are they spraying it ahead of time with any kind of preserver or varnish or anything to prevent it from getting discoloured or going slimy as the day wears on?? I want to use cranberries in the bottom of my vases but will have to use frozen ones and I don’t want them to turn runny and watery later in the day! Anyone know how this is done?
Post # 3
I hope someone answers your lime question – as I’m thinking of using them in our centerpieces! I can however answer your question in regard to cranberries.
I used fresh cranberries (well, as fresh as they come in the ocean spray bag around the holidays) for an arrangement over Christmas. I put two dozen white roses in a vase, then pushed the cranberries in around them. It looked great! (If I do say so myself!) The next time around I would probably place some (maybe 1/4) of the cranberries in the vase prior to placing the flowers in – just to make it go a bit faster. But as far as durability is concerned – the cranberries still looked great a week later.
I would also caution that you probably want to buy twice as many cranberries as you think you need. I picked through two bags to fill just one small cube vase. Obviously choosing the ones that weren’t smashed and such helped the longevity of the arrangement.
Hope that helps!
Post # 4
I’ve never done this myself (though it look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G)
But I did a little research and came up with this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwekhSy8k3c It appears the florist doesn’t do anything to the fruit- I’ve watched a few others on different sites. I think the key is to do the arragements the day of the wedding to keep them looking fresh.
And I read this on the blof stylemepretty how one bride made her own "
"I purchased most of our flowers from Costco. The centerpieces were created using large square vases purchased at IKEA. The space between the stems and the vases were filled with limes, then with pink, green and white flowers. We made the centerpieces the night before then placed them outside in the shade."
The link so you can see them:
Post # 5
As a floral designer I have used many different types of fruits and vegetables. I havent had to spray them or anything just make sure you put water into the container with the fruit. This will preserve them as well as help keep away unwanted bugs. AND if you are doing these arrangements yourself please make sure after you have your centerpiece complete that you let all of the water run out and put new water in. That way the water is clean and no cloudy.
Post # 6
Awesome! Thank you all so much for your help!
Post # 7
Great question! I never thought about the difference it might make since the limes are often sliced in these arrangements. You would think that would make a difference. Guess not though..