(Closed) Help! How far in advance can I create centerpieces with fresh cut flowers??

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Cambridge Mill

They will be fine doing them the day before. Floral shops don’t make them up the day of…. they often will start 2 days before if it is a larger wedding. I worked in a floral shop and I have done wedding florals on the side and I always start my work at least the day before. just Keep them in a cool spot (I ususally keep them in the basement) and everything works out fine 🙂

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

If your flowers are delicate you do run the risk of wilting if it is hot.  And as soon as they are no longer in water they will start to dry out.  When you get bulk flowers in put them in 5 gallon buckets with water and store them in a very cool room. Use the smallest room and a window AC unit to keep the room extra cold.  You can also store the centerpeices in here to keep them fresh.  You can also google what other people have done with the type of flowers you have ordered.  

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

sarah680:  We made them two nights before and it was fine, but we didn’t have any super delicate blooms.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

The growers send them to you two days out knowing that most blooms will take two days yo open up fully. my florist did two days ahead. I think you would outting a lot of pressure on you and your bridesmaids to do them the morning. Unneccessary stress.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

sarah680:  All flower shops will make your centrepieces the day before and keep them in their fridge, so I wouldn’t worry about things wilting unless you don’t have a cold room to store them in.

What types of flowers have you ordererd? This makes all the difference and how you treat the flowers and store them will make quite a bit of difference.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

sarah680:  I ordered our wedding flowers in bulk from Sams, they were delivered on Thursday afternoon for our Saturday wedding. As soon as they arrived I trimmed the stems and placed them in tubs of water with food so they could begin blooming. After our rehearsal on Friday, we basically had a large get together at the inlaws and the wedding party went into the basement and made our bouquets and bouts the night before, trimmed all the stems up and refreshed the water but we kept all of our other flowers in tubs, took them to the venue in the morning and arranged the centerpieces onsite. We had about 25-30 centerpieces and it went smoothly.

My centerpieces were easy, as were our bouquets and bouts. Simple Babysbreath and hydrangeas. Your plan depends on how complicated your arrangements are. We were able to get away with our timeline because it was basically no frills. Babysbreath with a hydrangea in the middle, done and done. I loved the way our turned out. I actually wish I would have ordered our flowers to arrive sooner, maybe on like Monday or Tuesday. They were bloomed an beautiful, but my MOI kept several of the centerpieces and a few days after the wedding, they grew even more stunning as they opened up more. I will attach some photos below, I don’t have a good photo yet of my centerpiece of my bouquet is essentially the same thing 

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

mrs_malloy:  love your bouquet!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I think it probably depends on the type of flower. I knew someone who had roses and she did hers up the day before and it was perfectly fine.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

mmnnhh:  Thanks! My maids were only the babysbreath, but still beautiful. I loved the simplicity of it all. We added a tulle peach bow underneath (which you can’t really see), totally transformed the look of them. 

 

Also, I apologize for my numerous typos. What in the world in my problem this morning! ARGH!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It depends on the flowers and fillers. When I created a mock-up some flowers lasted a day others four days so I’d play around with the different flowers first. I ended up locating a florist within my budget because the process was extremely time consuming. I’m glad I did. I did not have the time to create centerpieces because of all the last minute things that came up. Transportation was also issue, but that depends on how ornate you want your centerpieces. 

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

sarah680:  They will be fine. A centerpiece from the florist lasts a full week if you keep the water fresh. Just make sure you have done your research on how to cut the stems of the fowers you are using and ensure the cut ends are at all times submerged in water.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

sarah680:  I picked up garden roses, lisianthus and wax flowers (and many other types) on Thursday for my Saturday wedding. We kept them in gallon buckets with water in a closed/cool barn, so they weren’t even refrigerated. We made the centerpieces the night before but we used that green foam, which we soaked for 24 hours, so the flowers had some water. Centerpieces looked great, and last about a week after the wedding too. All the bridesmaids and other ladies that were arround helped make the centerpieces between the rehearsal and the rehearsal/welcome dinner. It was actually really fun!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Star Spangled Banner Flag House Museum

mrs_malloy:  Gorg! I’ll be doing white hydrangeas from Sam’s Club for our centerpieces.

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