(Closed) Quick question re: bleeding bouquets

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I googled it and I’ve found nothing of interest. Really, there should be no reason why something bleeds on your dress. Color does not come from the stems, so even if that were to touch your dress, no color would be applied. If your flowers are broken and damaged, I could forsee bleeding, but why would they be? Most flowers do not actively secrete any form of color, but many secrete oil and that would be colorless (although very fragrant.)

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I had very colorful flowers (purple and orange) and was not careful at all. No bleeding here.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@30somethingbee:  There is a certain type of lily that has an orangy red stamen in the center.  I know that the pollen on those will rub off on anything that touches it and leave a bright yellow stain.  (That is almost impossible to get out)

For other flowers it depends.  A natural flower shouldn’t really bleed color or stain anything it touches, unless it is crushed and moistened.  So a bouquet of fresh flowers shouldn’t stain at all but fresh rose petals scattered down an aisle might stain a train on a dress especially if the ground was damp and or a lot of people were stepping on the petals. 

Some flowers are dyed different colors- there are two methods for this.  The first is cutting a flower stem (usually starting with a white one), sitting the flower in a container with water and food coloring and allowing the color to be pulled up into the petals.  This type of colored flower shouldn’t stain unless its crushed and gotten wet.  All the pigment is inside so just brushing it against fabric shouldn’t leave a stain.

The other method is either dipping or spraying flowers with food coloring/paints.  This method is best saved for flowers in a centerpiece or other decor.  Because the color is on the outside of the petal, it can rub off on things especially if something is damp (or sweaty).

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@ChuckNorris:  Is that Bird of Paradise? Your bouquet is beautiful.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@30somethingbee:  I think you’re thinking of ” spray tinted” flowers- this happens frequently with hydrangeas as they are white and can be easily tinted. In this case, YES theyy can bleed all over your white dress! They’d be ok for centerpieces however.

florist immediately warned me this could happen with the “spray dyed”, so you just stick to flowers that are “real”, true colors and don’t have artificial coloring added on.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I actually had this issue with my bridesmaids’ bouquets, but it was from the ribbon the florist used to wrap them, not from the flowers themselves.  Check the ribbons!  The flowers should be fine.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@30somethingbee:  The ribbons were black.  I dunno what brand they were.  Our florist was terrible anyway, so it’s not really surprising.

Post # 14
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@Hyperventilate: & @30somethingbee:  LOL Thanks! Yes, we had a couple bird of paradise. We got married in Hawaii and funny story about my bouquet: I FORGOT I needed one until the day of the wedding. My MOH&BM went to a local grocery store (we were in Hawaii) and picked up a normal bouquet meant to be on a table, and they divided it up into three and wrapped it themselves. It turned out amazing and I would not have it any other way! 

That pink tiger lily had a TON of purple powder stuff and nothing transferred.

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