Post # 1
I got a very basic wedding package from a florist, and wanted to supplement it by purchasing wholesale flowers online and setting them up in vases around our venue. We found a good deal on Costco’s site. The problem is, due to delivery restrictions, we’d have to get them delivered to my parents’ house on the Friday before the wedding. Then, they’d have to make a 3.5 hour drive to the city we’ll be getting married in on Saturday, survive another night at a hotel, and finally get taken to our venue Sunday afternoon and get set up … and hopefully last through the evening there.
I have absolutely no flower experience, but I feel like it may be unrealistic to expect them to last that long…can anyone help me figure out how hardy roses usually are or share some tips for how to keep them alive through the car ride, etc. Or does it make the most sense to just scrap the idea altogether?
Post # 3
I think your biggest issue is not going to be the length of time from delivery to use, but what the poor flowers have to go through between then.
1. Flowers don’t do well in cars. Temperatures change very quickly (often warmer than should be for flowers). Also humidity can be tough to control.
2. It would be tough to keep them at the hotel if there isn’t a good place to keep them cool.
I think between putting the flowers in the car and then in the hotel overnight, you might be asking too much of the poor things!
I’m not sure I understand though, why can’t you just have the flowers shipped to the hotel? What about delivery to the venue?
Post # 4
@caszos – Delivery to the hotel/venue was our first choice, but I’ve looked at a couple of sites and they all
a) require you to sign for delivery
b) tell you to take care of the flowers as soon as they come vs. leaving them in the box for an extended period of time
c) don’t deliver on weekends, and don’t even guarantee a specific time&day the flowers would come.
So logistically it doesn’t work…even if the hotel agreed to sign for the delivery before we were in town, the flowers would just be lying around for 1-2days
I agree that dragging them around in a car, hotel, etc isn’t ideal…is there another solution that I’m missing?
Post # 5
You actually WANT your flowers to arrive a couple of days before your event. They need time to hydrate and perk up a lot before you arrange them. Usually, about 2 days, so Friday would be a good day. As long as there aren’t huge temp swings, and you can keep them in water for the trip, they *should* be ok.