(Closed) Tips for DIY florist brides?

posted 9 years ago in Flowers
Post # 17
334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@TattooedChick23:  I am not positive, but I am pretty sure the purple and the blue ones are the same..The only reason I am guessing this is because we used to have hydrangeas and sometimes they were purple and sometimes they were blue depending on the time of the season. I think there are special chemicals that you can put in the water when watering them to enhance the colors..I really know nothing about plants though. lol

Post # 18
2143 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

@xlittlemissbridex:  This is true, the color depends on the ph level of the soil.  My Fiance used to work at a greenhouse so knows about growing but not the floral/design aspect.. he said there’s probably something you can put in the water to keep it living longer just like littlemissbride said.  There must be something on the internet about this!

eta this is the first thing i found on a google search, but def research more too… http://www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/cut_dont_wilt.html

Post # 19
1 posts

Hydrangeas are just a bit finicky. That may be why some of you had trouble with drooping. Fortunately they can be brought back to life most times. When you get hydrangeas and are storing them in water before arranging, you should quarter the stems by cutting into them from two different directions, or shave off part of the outer stem at the bottom. You need to do this so they can soak more water. They should also be put in VERY warm water if they are looking a bit sad. I think they’re a great bulky flower to use for centerpieces.

When you buy flowers depends on what type of flowers you’re using. Most flowers that come closed (lillies, peonies, roses, etc) would need a bit of time to open up so I would buy them a day before, maybe two for lillies. Again, it depends on what you’re buying. Peonies only need a day or so to open, lillies maybe a bit more. What are you planning on using?

If things aren’t opening up quickly, try some warm water or placing them in a warm sunny room. Strong, direct sunlight will be too much for most flowers though.

Always keep your flowers freshly cut. Also, the length of the stem does effect how much water a flower needs or how difficult it is for it to drink water. So if you get very long stemmed roses but plan on cutting them short for arranging, cut them once you get them.

Get some floralife to add to the water you’re storing the flowers in.

Make the bouquets the day before. Store them in water, dont get the ribbons wet, do the final cut of the stems the morning of the wedding. It will help everything look cleaner. I wouldn’t recommend putting them in the fridge since certain flowers are tempermental and could be effected by the temperature negatively, or even certain gases that are omitted by your fruits and veggies!

White roses and anenomes are difficult to manage. The petals wrinkle easily and any brown is very noticeable. The pollen in lillies can flake off easily and stain your dress, same with other flowers that have lots of pollen. Be super careful or just avoid entirely.

You can help roses open by blowing hard directly into the petals.

What flowers are you planning on using? What types of containers?

Post # 20
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I’m also going the DIY flower route. I thought I had everything figured out- thankfully my Maid/Matron of Honor and I did a little trial run two weeks ago- we went to Safeway and a floral market and bought a variety of flowers to play around with. 

We were able to exclude some greenery I thought I’d have, determine the stem length we needed, and found some other flowers I’d never thought of- snapdragons and spider mums for the centerpieces.

Since we’re DIY-ing, spending $50 on sample flowers was well worth it.

Purple roses and calla lillies would be gorgeous. I’m doing orange roses, callas, and lillies in mine.

Post # 21
892 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My favorite flower is peruvian lilies, so I have ordered 300 from Fifty Flowes.  I plan on using one of each color (I ordered three) per table.  The jars are candy jars from Michaels – each one needs 10 stems of flowers.  Pretty much a very simple centerpiece, but I love them.

Post # 22
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Update on this post since my wedding with some tips:

-Block some time the day the flowers arrive for unpacking/prepping- I think it took me about 1-1/2″ hours- all the stems need to be trimmed, and if you order roses, you’ll need to dethorne them, remove leaves, etc. You can not have too many buckets! And make sure you have good floral shears.

-Roses and calla lillies were very sturdy. I had a few flowers left in a calla centerpiece almost a month after the wedding, and they were the easiest to work with. 

-Have inspiration photos. I did a lot of research online and in the library, and found exactly what I wanted for the bouquets. It’s a lot easier to try to recreate something than come up with it yourself.

-Make sure you give the flowers the recommended time to open. I also ordered asiatic lillies, which needed 4+ days to open. I only had 3, and they were too tight in some of the centerpieces. We forced open the lillies which went in my bouquet, so it worked out okay, but I should have ordered them from another source which would have worked with our timeframe.

-Have help. We arranged the flowers the day before, and I had 3 helpers. One Maid/Matron of Honor made the two Maid/Matron of Honor bouquets, bouts, and corsages (she had done flowers for 2 weddings before.) Mom’s friend did centerpieces, I did my bouquet, and Mom was everyone’s helper. It was good to have feedback, and it made the process go a lot quicker, plus we had fun!

OP: To keep it simple, you may want to just pick one or two flowers. I had roses, mini callas, callas, and asiatic lillies- a calla lilly and rose combination is beautiful, or even just one of them. The Maid/Matron of Honor bouquets were just callas- easy! 

Post # 23
25 posts
  • Wedding: November 2014

i know it’s not the same..but i really want Hydrangeas in my bouquet and i actually went to Target to look at their fake flowers and their Hydrangeas are GORGEOUS and huge! they look SO real…and this is coming from someone who HATES fake flowers lol cause i always feel like you can tell they are fake. But my plan is to do real flowers…(i plan on ordering from fiftyflowers.com) and then just adding the fake hydrangeas in…nobody will know the difference! haha :]

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