(Closed) Is anyone else doing the flowers for their wedding???IF yes, When?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would recommend the day before and the ability to keep them in a cool space.

If you are ordering them online have them arrive 2 days earlier so that you can water them extensively, acclimate and perk back up.

A cooler worked out well to transport to the venue for us. My husband create a cardboard platform with slits/holes for the bouquets etc so that they were standing upright but the stems were in water.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I plan on doing all of the flowers the night before, ordering them 3 days before. For our Saturday wedding, I am ordering so that everything arrives on Wednesday. That way I can prep the flowers (de-leaf, de-thorn, etc) and get them in water and give them a couple of days to perk up before I start arranging them on Friday. Since we are getting married in our backyard, I am not worried about transport….just the timining. It will be hot so I don’t want them outside so long they start wilting before photos and stuff. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Hi there-I am doing my own flowers as well, I used to work in a floral shop and didn’t want to spend 4k on flowers!  Here is my plan, whether or not all will go according to plan remains to be seen.

I am having 12 tall and 14 short centerpieces, in addition to 2 tall centerpieces for the bar and 2 for the welcome table.  Plus the bouquets, boutineers, and crosages.  Yikes!

I am having my flowers delivered 2 days before since they need time to soak up water, since they will arrive thirsty.  Gerbera is correct in that you should lave them in a cool spot, however some flowers and colors of flowers have a greater tendency to blow open quicker than others.  (Ex: Purple roses have a tendency to blow open quicker than red roses)  If you know that one type of flower opens quickly, you can put that one in a cool area, while another flower opens slowly, you can leave at room temp to promote the flower to open up.

I will be assembling the flowers the day before and delivering them the morning of while enlisting the help of all my family and friends!  Gerbera It seems like you have a great system for delivering them, that is the part I am most worried about!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@JamaicaBride:

I also purchased a Floralife Finishing Spray which is a hydration mist with plant food to help preserve the flowers and keep them looking fresh.

It was recommended to me by a florist.

We were spritzing the flowers every 30 mins! hehe

ETA:

After we finished assembling everything the day before they went into the cooler directly. My husband and Groomsmen made the little cardboard platforms (you can kinda see them). We just had to play with the placement of the cardboard a bit so that our stems were just sitting in water but not submerged. We had to travel 40 minutes to our venue and they survived just fine! 🙂

 

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Gerbera: I am bookmarking that link. I will have my hostesses go around and discreetly spritz everything. I want them to be fresh enough so that our guests will want to take them with them =)

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did mine the day before and kept them in the fridge.  I had them delivered 3 days before which was recommended by the company I ordered from so I would have enough time to purchase more if there was a problem  They turned out really well with no problems.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My Besti is doing my flowers and she made sure to check my extra fridge and told me no citrus in the same fridge as flowers.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m going to have mine delivered Wednesday to get ready for a Friday ceremony.  I want to have time to get them fed and watered and strip them.  I only have 5 tables, so 5 large arrangements and 2 small arrangements for those and then I need to put them on the arch right before the ceremony and make a few other misc arrangements.  I also have to use some for the cake too, so I will get everything ready on Friday…Yikes!

I am going home tonight and ordering the spray and some flower food.  Thanks for the tips!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am doing all my flowers as well. Im having the flowers delivered on tuesday for a saturday wedding and doing the centerpieces on thursday and the bouquets, bouts, corsages on friday.. My biggest concert is keeping them hydrated and in a cool place. I also got that floralife spray and it worked great on my trial run, so I highly recommend that!

here are my centerpieces- http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/my-diy-wedding-centerpieces

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We’re doing our own ceremony flowers too!

I’m picking up my flowers on Thursday morning, then letting them soak up water and food in buckets until Thursday night.  I’m making small demi-pomanders using these floral foam forms on Thursday night with my bridesmaids.  We’ll soak the foams in water spiked with food.  We’ll just slip some ribbon through the slot and hang them from the end of the pews on Friday night at the rehearsal.

I did a test run on pomanders and hung them in my house without refridgeration or extra water to see how long they would last before looking limp and with a hardy flower like mums or carnations, they actually looked perfectly fresh for 2-3 days before looking just slightly limp.

I did a test run on a rose boutonniere (complete with wires and stem tape) and I stuck it in a ziploc bag in my fridge.  It looked pristine 3 days later.

I think the real key with all my flowers is to cut the stems and let them get a good long soak in water spiked with flower food for a day (or like 6-8 hours) before doing anything with them.

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m hoping to buy them Friday, do them Friday, and if anything goes wonnky, I have Saturday to figure it out.

Sunday is the wedding.

 

I’m worried about bouts and (wrist) corsages, though–I’ve never done them before.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Ginger123: yes!  Must. Feed. Flowers. 

 

Don’t forget to talk to them either!   Flowers like being talked to.  (and no, I haven’t lost my mind.) 🙂

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