Picking up flowers two days prior to wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
3261 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

No experience but that would make me nervous. Trust the florist this is her expert advice.

Post # 3
1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I would listen to your florist.. You could have wilting flowers in your photos.

Honestly, I would suck it up and get a florist closer to your venue. Make cuts elsewhere to absorb the costs. You don’t want dead flowers..

Post # 4
6836 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’d go with a local (to your venue) florist if I were you. 

I ordered my flowers from Costco and they were delivered 2 days ahead of time. They were beautiful (hydrangeas) but by the second day, even though they were in water and we were taking care of them exactly how we were supposed to, about half of the flowers started to wilt. Fortunately I Googled how to revive them and we were able to bring them back. But it was a time-consuming pain in the ass and I would never do that again. 

Post # 5
1412 posts
Bumble bee

If it’s two days, do you have sufficient refrigertion to house the flowers? Most likely you won’t, unless you’re staying somewhere with an empty and available commercial refrigerator.

I would highly suggest letting someone get them the morning of, or even better, using a local florist.

Post # 6
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Considering how often flowers look wilted by the end of a wedding, I would NEVER be okay with a space of two days. Definitely listen to the florist on this one. 

Post # 7
571 posts
Busy bee

every time you take the flowers out of the coolers it increases their wilting. IDK you have the space or enviornment to keep them at a silmilar temp. Add travel time of 4 hours in less than ideal temp. You’re definitely risking them wilting by the time of the wedding. Depending on how much you are saving, I’d consider the florist near the venue. It would really suck if a good portion of your flowers wilted for the big day.

Post # 8
1495 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

HCBenton17 :  Listen to your florist. I agree that the flowers will probably wilt if you pick them up two days before the wedding.

Post # 9
478 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Also, a commercial (or home) refrigerator is NOT good for flowers! Florist coolers have specific temp and moisture levels that aren’t the same as the thing you put milk in. 

I would even be concerned with driving 4 hours with flowers in a regular car, let alone doing that and then leaving them out for 48 hours after. Florist vans are also often climate controlled if they have to transport flowers a long distance, which your car won’t be.

Have you thought about non-floral centerpieces to cut down the cost so you could use a local florist for bouquets and bouts? Just think of the cost if you suddenly need to replace half of your flowers in the destination town. Or, if you’re willing to DIY, have one of the floral wholesalers ship your unarranged flowers to where you’re getting married and make your own simple arrangements on site.

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