Post # 1
I have been noticing a lot of posts lately on the Flower Board asking specific questions like
- How many flowers should I order?
- Did I order enough blooms for what I want?
- How much should I budget/Have I budgeted enough for what I want?
Among many other specific questions. I’d like to offer this thread to you guys!
I worked in the flower industry for 4 years, so I know a couple things about the ins and outs of floral design, and I’ll be doing all of my own flowers in 2 weeks for our big day. I’d like to think I know at least a little bit about flowers, and I’d love to help you out if you need it!
If you have any questions about flowers, post them here and I’ll answer them as soon as I can. 🙂
Post # 3
This is a perfect post for me! I’m planning to DIY rose bouquets. I have two questions…
Would I need a finishing spray (i.e. Clear Life Bouquet Perserve or Clear Aquafinish) to keep my rose bouquet from wilting? Or the Floralife quick dip to keep the flowers hydrated while it is prep’d?
Post # 4
@mnp: Professional florists use both quickdip and a finishing spray, so if you wanted to use them, it wouldn’t hurt. It would also be benificial if you were planning on making them a few days in advance. To use them, I’d do as follows:
- The Floralife Quickdip: This is used for flowers that have been packaged for a while (most roses are packaged for a few weeks at a time for travel). The point of it is to give the flowers a “shock” to quickly make them start drinking up the water you’re about to pace them in. When you receive the roses in the boxes, you’ll want to open the box and cut all of the stems of the roses at least an inch to 2 inches above the bottom of the stem. Immediately after cutting them (on an angle), place them in the quickdip for 10 seconds and then move the stems to a bucket of water. That’s the only time you’ll be using the quick dip. If you’re buying your roses from a florist who has already processed them (aka, done all of the above) you don’t need the quickdip.
- Finishing spray: This is a mixture of a waxy-like substance that keeps the roses at the level of bloom you want them to stay in for longer. After you’ve made your bouquets, arrangments, and body flowers, give them a spritz (you don’t need to soak them in it, just slightly damp) and let them sit out for a few minutes to dry before placing them in the fridge until you need them.
However, both of the products are mostly used to keep flowers looking fresh for days at a time, instead of the handful of hours you’ll be using yours for.
Hope that helped!
Post # 5
Hurrah! Thanks in advance for the help
Since you are from Michigan and pretty close proximity to Toronto – I was wondering what sorts of flowers are generally in season (read – cheaper!) towards the end of January? I’m not looking for anything really specific flower wise but I do want to keep the flower budget kinda on the low end.
I am considering doing a trial run and putting together my bouquets for the wedding.
Post # 6
@jlc3: What colors are you thinking about using? That could narrow down some of the choices as there are still a lot of options, even in the dead of winter!
Post # 7
You cannot leave this board after your wedding day. Just NO!! You’ve been on fire the last few days!
So my hydrangea dilemma from yesterday continues – if i pick some up this weekend what do you feel is the best way to dry them? Although you probably only worked with fresh flowers. I’m trying to figure out whether to use silica or the water drying method. I guess I can try both this weekend but if you prefer one of the other please tell me why!!
Post # 8
What type of rose is in this bouquet?? I love them!
ETA: do they come in other colors, too?
Post # 9
@LindsayMaree: you’re right! I am thinking I’d like to go with white/ivories, green, and possibly some pink or light pink. The wedding colours are silver, navy and white/ivory. So I’m not opposed to blue flowers or anything but I haven’t seen many that I really loved.
Post # 10
@Snow00774: Hahaha I’ve been addicted to helping on the Flower Board the last week or so…it’s a guilty pleasure! 😉 As far as your question goes, I have 0 experience drying flowers, I’m sorry! I did do a bit of research and found this website that seems to do a good job explaining it.
The water drying method seems MUCH easier, and is probably the way I’d go. It takes longer than the silica method (2-3 days silica vs 1-2 weeks water), but it looks like it’s less hands-on (and cheaper!). I hope that helped a little, and I’d love to hear about your experience doing this!
@MadameTussaud: Those are so pretty! They look like they’re champagne colored roses, or possibly champagne colored sweetheart roses (which have smaller blooms than regular roses, but larger blooms than spray roses- It’s hard to tell by the pic what size they are), and they’re “open”- Roses looks like that when they’ve been left to sit out and peel open naturally. Roses most definitely come in other colors, though there are slightly less options with sweetheart roses. What other colors did you want?
Post # 11
I want my floral bouquets/reception/ceremony and centerpieces to be somewhat full. I’d like my main flower to be the star gazer lily with mums, carnations, peonies and a few others.
See picture for example. Bridesmaids and mine will be similiar except mine will be much larger.
I am curious to know if I can attempt this DIY. But I will have a total of 20 centerpieces, 2 ceremony urns with flowers, 6 bridesmaids, my bouquet, 6 groomsmen, grandparents, parents, etc. AHHH.
I like centerpieces like this except with my flowers:
Sorry for the large pics!
Post # 12
@jlc3: That’ll be so pretty! I love soft colored flowers, especially in the winter months. 🙂
Here’s a suggestion of some flowers that are available year around and are faily inexpensive:
- Gerbera Daisy
- Tulips (Possibly- They should start becoming available mid-late January)
- Mums (Spider mums, Football mums)
- Hypericum berries
- Green Trick Dianthus
- Bells of Ireland
- Mums (Kermit mums, Spider mums)
- Snap Dragon
- Star Gazer Lily
- Gerbera Daisy
- Wax Flower
I know it’s difficult picturing these in your mind together, but google some of the flowers I’ve listed with “Bridal Bouquet” after it, and you’ll get lots of ideas. 🙂
Post # 13
I will let you know about the drying for sure!
I’m hoping I can figure out the method that has them being less flimsy as I’m sure they’ll get knocked a few times during my whole wedding gig thing <– I have no idea what this face is but it looks like how I feel about Sept 14th right now!
Post # 14
What different flowers/greenery is in this bouquet?
Post # 15
Oooh awesome, thank you for offering advice!!!
I want to do my own centerpieces and bouqets and not one person I’ve talked to has said anything positive about it. They all think I’m nuts! lol. I only need to make about 8 -10 centerpieces and only have 2 people in my bridal party. I love flower arranging and really want to do this.
So I am getting married in Boston next July. It’s at an old Bostonian mansion and I love the look of tropical/bright flowers but not sure it would fit the theme of the old library we are having the ceremony/reception in. Any suggestions on something (no roses, hate them, I know I’m weird) that is tropical or bright looking that would look right in an old library. I am planning on incorporating some of my own tuberose that I grow because I loooove the smell and they are so pretty.
Post # 16
@Janaic88: Although those are BEAUTIFUL flower arrangments, I would never recommend that someone DIY cascade bouquets and large centerpieces such as you posted, because honestly, they would pull all of their hair out and start smashing things out of rage- Which is totally not worth the amount of money you would be saving by not going through a florist.
Transporting such large centerpieces is a huge pain, the bouquets are going to be very delicate (they could fall apart easily if not made correctly), and it will take you days to make the arrangements on your own.
I fully support you making all of your corsages and bouts however, They aren’t difficult to make and will save you upwards of $15 each if you DIY. 🙂
I’m sorry if that was a harsh/blunt answer, I just really don’t want you to try to DIY something that will make you Hulk out. I wouldn’t even attempt to make these on my own without help from a florist friend!