Post # 1
If I buy flowers at the grocery store for centerpieces on Thursday night, will they still look good for my wedding on Saturday? I could also buy them very early Friday morning but that would be inconvenient and probably still the same flowers that sat in the store overnight. We are planning to go to Trader Joe’s and get roses, carnations, baby’s breath, daisies, etc. I know carnations are hardy – I’ve had a vase of them sitting on my dinner table for a week and they still look great – but I’m just nervous.
This is the look I am going for: https://www-static.weddingbee.com/pics/310737/DIY-Tree-Slice-Centerpiece.jpg
My wedding venue does not allow us to arrange the centerpieces on site, so we will need to put flowers in jars on Friday or Saturday and transport them carefully.
Post # 2
I think they will, if you buy ones that are mostly closed. That way they’ll have a dayish to open up and be perfect for Saturday.
Post # 3
msowl: eh I don’t think I would risk it. If you order them ahead of time from Trader Joe’s, would they be able to assemble them and you just pick them up Saturday and place them in jars?
Post # 4
msowl: If you have a cool place to store them that will help too.
Also, avoid light colored flowers as they will brown.
Post # 5
I’d also like to know. We would probably have to buy flowers Wed or Thurs, and I’ve been really worried about this. We can’t afford a florist either, so I was looking into this option.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Can you place and order for them so that you know the ones you are getting will be fresh on Thursday?
Places like fiftyflowers suggest having your flowers delivered on Tuesday or Wednesday for a Saturday wedding. So I think Thursday should be fine. Just make sure they’re fresh when you get them. Plus some will last longer than others.
The white daisies from my bridal shower bouquet still look good 20 days later. But the stock flower only lasted that weekend… the rose and gerbers lasted almost 2 weeks.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2016 - Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
msowl: I plan to buy mine in grocery stores too. I’m doing very minimal flowers. I’m thinking very simple tulips for my bouquet.
Last week I bought a bouquet of them Friday night, and monitored them all week. They’re still standing and beautiful today! I’m confident they will turn out. I’m doing simple babys breath per tea cup (with vintage books, doilies, vintage lantern and candles) and I think they will be ok too.
I plan to buy everything on a Tuesday, assemble my bouquets Wednesday and my wedding is on a Thursday!
You should be fine 🙂 Just keep them in water and refrigerated.
Post # 8
I picked mine up on a Thursday morning and had a Saturday evening wedding, but I talked to the florists about which flowers would be hearty. I stored them in water in a dark closet with NO light and it was cool in there. Also if you are doing bouttonieres wait to cut the stem off and keep them in water, too. I also had a flower crown that was still soft by Saturday.
Post # 9
As long as you keep them in water and out of the light they should be okay. Generally you’ll want to buy flowers that are unopened or as close to closed in the bud as possible.
Post # 10
msowl: I had flowers delivered and also picked some up at costco on weds for my sat wedding. Garden roses I ordered online and they weren’t in great shape when they got there… But the flowers I picked up in person were still in great shape by sat. I cranked ther ac in my apt and put them all in a bathroom that typically got very cold with the door closed. Bouquets went in the fridge.
if you’re doing boutteniers or anything that can’t go back in water, do them last minute or they’ll wilt.
Post # 11
Thanks all! I called Trader Joe’s and they said if I place the order ahead of time, they will make sure the flowers are super fresh.
Post # 12
msowl: Ask them for some cardboard wine boxes too. They are great to transport your jars to the wedding.
Post # 13
julies1949: Good idea, thank you!!
The Trader Joe’s lady gave me a free bouquet to test out. Two days later, it is still looking good, which has calmed my nerves!
megs2016wedding: Do a test run with the type of flowers you plan to use, that’s what I just did and it made me feel so much better. Here’s how mine turned out (LOL at my dog creeping in the background)
Post # 14
msowl: If you take good care of them between Thursday and Saturday, they will still look great. Happy to help you with some easy tips for proper care if you need! just email me 🙂 [email protected]
Post # 15
As long as they are fresh, they will be fine. If you really want to make sure, keep them in fresh water in a refridgerator. All flowers in flower shops are kept in coolers and they can stay in there for days to over a week depending on the flower. I used to work in one so as weird as it may sound to some, keep them refrigerated.