Post # 1
…but I have no idea about bouquets and my florist isn’t the most responsive, so I thought I’d ask all you bees.
Here it is: my ceremony is at 5:30PM, but we are taking all pictures BEFORE the ceremony, including formal pics and a kite-flying event that everyone will take part in. This means that our pics are starting at 2:30PM – 3 hours before the ceremony. So, if I want bouquets in my pictures, will they last that long or will they end up wilted and sad-looking by the ceremony?
The formal pictures will be taking place at the hotel, so mostly indoors, but the kite-flying is out in the middle of the tropical sun (Puerto Rico). I don’t mind putting bouquets aside for the kite-flying, but would like them in the formal pics.
Thoughts? Anyone have a similar schedule, experience, etc. or know about bouquets?
Post # 3
I think it really depends on what type of flowers you use in your bouquet. Some flowers are hardier than others. I’ve also heard of florists adding water to the stems and then wrapping the whole thing (so the base is covered). Or, you could put the bouquet in a jar with some water at the bottom so they take a drink and stay fresh.
Post # 4
The bouquets should be fine for that time span. If I were you, I would just keep little jars/vases of water nearby to put the bouquets in when you aren’t using them in the pictures. I would also definitely keep them out of the hot sun while you are flying kites.
Post # 5
what type of flowers are you having in you bouquet?
If your using something really hardy like calla lilies you will be fine. I would place the bouquet in fresh purified water while your not using it to allow your flowers to take a drink between all the photos (like during the kite flying). Good luck
Post # 6
Pick a hardy flowers (and not flowers that can easily wilt e.g. hydrangea) and have vases with water to referesh them whenever possible. Hopefully, your florist will have a good recommendations. I had roses for pics for 3+ hrs before my ceremony and they were fine.
Post # 7
Definitely depends on the type of flowers you use, but to be perfectly honest…I had a mix of hardy and fragile flowers in my bouquet
(you can see it here)
We started with photos at 11am, had a 4pm ceremony and more photos after at 6pm. It looked great the whole time. I didn’t notice any wilting at all!
Post # 8
Wow, lattelove – that is a beautiful bouquet!
Thanks everyone for the tips! I’ve given my florist a general idea of what I want, but leaving the actual flower choice up to them (since it’s a destination wedding). Sounds like if I keep them hydrated, it should all be fine : )