(Closed) If I buy flowers Thurs night, will they still look good on Saturday?

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
2445 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
774 posts
Busy bee

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
72 posts
Worker bee


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
17 posts
  • Wedding: May 2016

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
3036 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
9097 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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 # 12
47201 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

msowl:  Ask them for some cardboard wine boxes too. They are great to transport your jars to the wedding.

Post # 14
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014


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
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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.

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