(Closed) Need help w/ submerged flowers in vases as centerpieces

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington

You might want to do a trial run – as some flowers float instead of staying submerged.  Callas seem to hold up pretty well from what I have seen at other weddings.  Both orchids and callas are a thicker flower that generally hold up under water.  Flowers like roses, peonies, ranunculas are a bit more fragile and would not do so well under water. Hopefully this helps some!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Sorry I have nothing to post but I’ve been following and waiting for someone to give you good advice!  I have no idea!  But the trial run is a great idea.  Set some up and time how long they last!  Also, I know that some girls “string” floating flowers, like orchids, together with fishing wire or thread and glue one of the flowers to the bottom of the vase so that the rest float up in unison.  show us pics of your trial run!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i have recently been practicing and found that any flower will hold up under water, but you will need to attach them to a piece of fishing line or something to hold them under(they WILL float!), they look amazing and perfect under water as well, but do practice once or twice, and set up the flowers before you fill the vase with water, or when you anchor the line at the bottom i promise you will flood whatever area your working in(mine was the kitchen), so step by step 1- pick your flowers 2- attatch a piece of fishing line to some sort of anchor that you want in the bottom of your vase 3- measure out where you want your flowers to be arranged(don’t worry the fishing line will be invisible in the water) and attach them. 4- place the anchor in the bottom of the vase(make sure your line doesn’t get tangled) 5- fill with water, remember you can use as many pieces of fishing line that you want, and even if your using a stemmed flower, you will still have to anchor it:) hope this helps

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I just did my trial with this this weekend, so I can offer some advice!  I’ll also be uploading my pics onto my computer soon, so if you’re interested I can share those.  I’m doing 3 cylinder vases (about 11, 8, and 5 inches tall and 3-4 wide).  I’m also place 3 filled votives on the table.  I used dendroibum orchids and they wored GREAT!  I just cut to height, and they stayed submerged all on their own fine right from the beg.  They tended to float up a tiny bit, but as soon as I put the floating candle on each one it was perfect.  You could def get a white, and maybe even a pale pink.  Also, one stem is enough per vase, so that helps cut costs, i’m planning on ordering my flowers bulk online as well (not sure from where yet, not sure of who’s good).  I submerged them yesterday at about 5 pm and they are still looking fresh, although the water started to get a bit of flakes/crud in it a couple of hours ago.  But i’d say you’re safe to set them up ~ 24 hours before the end of your reception.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

If you want the stems to touch bottom, just take a slim piece of floral wire, poke it in the bottom, and twist it into a spiraled circle (flat of course). Just place gravel, flat marbles, or anything like that. I did a single floating rose in a vase for my centerpiece and it worked really well. My friend is a florist and she’s the one who recommended it to me.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

used distilled water or the water will form little bubbles around the glass later on. i read this on a florist’s web site and it seems to make sense. i’ve also noticed this happen on glasses of water that have been sitting around the house–for example i’ll bring a glass of water with me to bed, leave it on my night stand and in the morning it will have bubbles inside. it’s not tap water either, it’s spring water. it may take a while for the bubbles to form, and it might not happen during the reception, but to be on the safe side, i’d do the distilled water anyway. hope that helps!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ cc flowers:  I had heard teh same about distilled water, I used water filtered from my fridge and it worked just fine.  They’re might have been a bubble or too just from putting them in there, but not very many and you could get rid of them if you cared my bouncing the flowers around a bit

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

You can also use floral wire and a weight in the form of a crystal drop at the bottom to keep the flower from floating too high.  good luck!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Cymbidium orchids are often used for this kind of arrangement because they hold up well under water.  They come in a long stem to help fill the length of a cylinder, and the bottom is scotch-taped to a rock or weight.  Cymbidiums definitely come in pale pink, and you can cover the rock weight with colored or clear glass beads.  

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