Post # 1
I’m so tempted to DIY my flowers to save money, however I wonder if it’s possible from a logistics standpoint. The concern is *storing* the flowers between when I purchase them and the wedding day. My venue (a B&B) has clearly said that they don’t have any refridgeration space available to store flowers for brides that choose to go the DIY route. So I’m wondering how long I can keep flowers non-refridgerated?
Here’s the logistics: my wedding is a Saturday evening, in June. The venue is about 2.5 hours from where I live, and we will be heading up on the Thursday before the wedding. So I would need to pick up the flowers from the flower market on Thursday morning. It is reasonable to keep the flowers unrefridgerated from Thursday morning until Saturday evening – in June on the East Coast? Or should I just suck it up and pay for a florist?
Post # 2
Tough because I am new at diying too!
Hopefully some others have good advice for you.
Post # 3
Is there a basement or a garage you can keep them in? Or a small room with the AC running full blast?
Post # 4
Ooh, non refridgerated? That would make me super nervous. I got hydrangeas from costco and they lasted perfectly fine refridgerated from thursday-saturday. However they were huge-they had the whole long stem and little baggies of water at the very bottom to keep them fresh. They were freshly cut the day of the wedding (bless my venue and coordinator!). I would be very worried about transporting flowers 2.5 hrs and keeping them fresh without refridgeration. Do you know anyone who lives in the town where you are having the wedding?
Post # 5
When I did the flowers for my father’s wedding we used a walk in pantry. I have heard others use a bathtub to store the flowers, the flowers in buckets inthe tub with ice sourounding the buckets to make the room nice a cool. Transporting them would make me nervous. You are having then delivered to the B&B, right?
Post # 6
We had DIY flowers on a rather warm day in San Francisco. We got free flower containers from Costco, put down black garbage bags on the floor and made sure the flowers had ice in them. We bought the flowers on Friday and the wedding was Sunday.
Post # 7
unfortunately, no. the B&B doesn’t have any A/C, and there’s no other storage space for them – the venue has been very clear they they don’t have a storage area for flowers.
nope, don’t know a soul! it’s essentially a B&B in the mountains, 2.5 hours from NYC (where we live)
no, i wasn’t planning on having them delivered, as I wasn’t planning on purchasingonline but rather from the NYC flower market. so i would pick them out in person thursday morning, drive them up to the venue, and need to store them until saturday evening.
ice is a good idea, though we won’t exactly have regular access to an ice maker for the 3 days i’d have the flowers
Post # 8
We did this also, got flowers and put together centerpieces on Thursday, decorated the reception space on Friday (placed all the centerpieces on the tables) and wedding was Saturday. We got married in Oct so the weather was cooler, but still about 60 degrees. From Thursday to Friday we stored them in my MILs garage/barn. It was shaded and cool enough. I was really worried (had nightmares about wilted flowers) about having them in the reception space unrefridgerated overnight on Fri, but I just cranked the AC up and they were fine! We did have some extra flowers that we brought- just in case some needed pulled and replaced and I had someone go over and spruce them up Sat morning.
I second just making sure they are stored somewhere with AC and having some extra flowers on hand in case some need replaced! Yea for DIY flowers!
Post # 9
unfortunately, there’s no A/C at our venue :/
Post # 10
Ahhh bummer. Do you have any guests staying in hotel rooms that might have AC and let you use their room to store the flowers in?
Post # 11
hmm, that’s a thought. the hotel where most of the guests will be staying does have A/C, but it’s also about 30 mins from the venue, and most guests aren’t arriving until Friday night. so that still leaves Thursday/Thursday night/Most of Friday to figure out how to store the flowers. then there’s the additional issue of having the space to make to put everything together, and then getting it to the venue…..basically just trading one logistical nightmare for another :/
i DO realize the answer might just be to suck it up and pay a florist so i don’t have to worry about any of it. Le sigh.
Post # 12
It will greatly depend on the type of flowers that you use but most likely any flower will be some what wilted/dropping petals after 3-4 days in a hot humid car/room/inn even if its kept in water constantly
what type of flowers are you considering?
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