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?