Post # 1
I am getting married at the end of May in North Alabama – so think possibly sunny and 78 degrees or so. Here’s some ideas I have for flowers so far.. roses, garden roses, calla lillies, lisianthus, dahlias, anemone, ranunculus, and maybe some tuberose. I love parrot tulips, but I’m pretty sure they will seriously wilt.
The ceremony and reception are inside where there is plenty of AC, but the pictures (before ceremony) will probably be outside. Do you think these flowers will hold up, or do you have any suggestions on other types of blooms I should use?
Post # 3
You should actually ask your florist… they will have a good idea of what is more or less heat tolerant. It also depends on how the bouquet is put together. If it’s just tied stems, then it will wilt faster. You can put it in water up until your photos, but pretty much as soon as you take it out the stems start to seal – so putting it back in water later in the day doesn’t really do much good. If your florist uses a bouquet assembly that incorporates some florists’ foam, the flowers last longer, as they have a little water.
Lisianthus are a nice, heat tolerant flower. I had lisianthus, roses and anemones as the main flowers in my bouquets, and they lasted quite well (in July) but they were the kind with the florists’ foam. Also, my florists did not have them in the cooler the morning of the wedding – she said that the sudden change in temperature is a big shock, particularly to the lisianthus, so they were better sitting out (in an air conditioned room). (They actually looked pretty good three days later when we came back from our mini-moon, and they had just been sitting on my dining room table all that time.)