Post # 1
Hi. We are doing an hour of pre ceremony photos, which will be a full two and half hours before the ceremony, since we’re having our rehearsal right after the photos. The florist is concerned about the flowers lasting. Any thoughts? Skip the flowers? Go for it? Maybe switch the timing & do rehearsal, then photos. (not sure I can: if the officiant will come an hour earlier). We don’t want to take photos during the cocktail hour, because we want to be there/enjoy it, so wedding party photos are all before the ceremony. Thoughts?
Post # 3
We’re doing this, but we’re going to have a vase at the venue with water to rest them in when we aren’t using them (florist recommendation)
Post # 4
I don’t know much about flowers, but it seems odd that the florist doesn’t think the flowers will last 2 1/2 hours or is even concerned about this at all. What time of year is the wedding? As long as they are in A/C and not out in the elements all day, they should last much longer.
Post # 5
It’s summertime, and we’re doing hydrangeas, which I think wilt fast. Yes, putting them in water soon after.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa
We diy’d our flowers (so definetly not pro) and the bouquets lasted all day just fine. They were in vases between photos and the ceremony, and then again at the reception.
The bouteniers and corsages however didn’t fair too well. I’m guessing the pro’s use some sort of spray to set the corsages?? I’ve seen pro bouteniers that had begin to wilt/look droopy by the ceremony too, so if you’re worried about anything (or your florist is) it’d be them.
Post # 7
We started our photos (First Look) about 2 hours before the start of the ceremony and it gets VERY hot here in July in Southern California. My boquet was soaking wet in the base and we had a vase for my bouquet with water when it wasn’t being photographed. Everything looked fine. I think if you pick sturdier flowers and have a good florist, you are okay. My SO wore billyballs (crespedia) and they were very hardy without water. I would just be careful with the more delicate flowers, such as certain orchids, as I remember from prom days that they get wilt-y/bruised easily and quickly.