Post # 1
I am getting married in Las Vegas and we plan on doing a first look and 2.5 hours of wedding party photos at different hotels on the Strip before our ceremony, which means I will need to have my flowers delivered about 4 hours before the ceremony. My wedding coordinator has told me that I should consider spending $$$ on two different sets of bouquets because the first set will not look good by the ceremony. Is this true?? Or are they just trying to get me to spend more money? I can’t afford to do two sets of bouquets, as I assumed the bouquets would at least last 5-6 hours.
If you did photos before the ceremony, how did your bouquet hold up??
I will be having ivory roses. Thanks for any input!!
Post # 3
@geniebean: The coordinartor is telling truth. It is not just the time the flowers are out of water, but ivory roses will show bruises from being handled for 2 hours. Ask your florist for a throw bouquet to use at your first look. Throw bouquets are usually designed to be similar to your bouquet but smaller and more simple. Throw bouquets are also much cheaper than the bridal bouquet, usually less than half the price when ordered with a bridal bouquet.
Post # 4
I have to disagree. I got my bouquet four hours before the ceremony. Had it for our first look and all of our formal portraits. I was carrying that thing with me everywhere for four solid hours…it was fine! Here is my bouquet shortly after I received it….
So you can see it had some white flowers in there that tend to show damage more. Honestly…it look exactly the same later that night at the reception.
Post # 5
My bouquet – rose roses, white lilies, and green hydrangea – still looked fabulous at the end of the night. I think the florists are trying to get more money out of you for nothing.
I probably got it around 2pm, did first look, wedding party pics, family pics, etc, ceremony at 4:30pm and then pics at the reception location and the reception itself. The bouquet still looked beautiful!
Post # 6
I agree with Mama Cola. I was in the floral industry for years while I was in highschool/ college and ivory roses just don’t hold up as well as other colors of roses or other flowers. Ivory roses do bruise and look generally icky after being handled, dropped, bumped, etc. I would suggest doing a second bouquet, a toss bouquet would work well, as Mama Cola suggested. Some florists even throw them in for free, I know our shop did.
Post # 7
My flowers were delivered (white roses & mini calalilies) 4 hours before the ceremony also and they looked fine, I never would have thought to order two bouquets.. We did a first look at 1:30, wedding party photos and family photos all before our 4:30 ceremony..
Post # 8
I have to disagree as well. I got mine at 10:00 am and the cermont was not till 5:00 pm. so 7 hours before the cermony and they looked great!! (and there was ivory roses!!) If you have a good florist who knows what she is doing you shouldnt have an issue.
The pictures on the chair is from 12:00 in the morning and the second was taken at 4:30 in the evening
Post # 9
We also had first look pictures before the ceremony. Our florist dropped off our flowers around 1, they looked great for our ceremony at 3:30, and still beautiful at the end of the night. But investing in a ‘throw bouquet’ may be a good idea also.