So, you have picked up the flowers on your wedding, now what?! Is there something you need to do to take care of them? Is there something not quite right about an aspect of your bouquet? What do you do if you spill something on the ribbon or if someone sits on your bouquet? Our goal in creating and designing your wedding flowers is to have them at their prime for your wedding day. Your bouquets and centerpieces are designed to look perfect, but what if something happens during the day?
With that in mind, caring for your wedding flowers is something to consider. There are many kinds of flowers, some more finicky then others. Here are a couple tips to consider once you have your flowers in possession on your wedding day:
Have them in water as often as possible: It might seem like a no-brainer to keep your wedding bouquets hydrated but in the hustle and bustle of a wedding day it can often be an afterthought. Some flower varieties like baby’s breath, calla lilies, mums, carnations and berries will do better out of water than others, but in any case, flowers LOVE to drink. Flowers like roses, peonies, hydrangea and daisies are much more likely to wilt without a water source. If you have your flowers out of water, left sitting on a table, in direct sunlight, in a hot vehicle or just roughed around during photos, it is likely that come reception time, your once beautiful bouquets will be slightly less stunning. Keeping them in water will prevent this and give them the best chance to stay beautiful throughout the day.
Something happened to your bouquet during the day and there are flowers that look broken or damaged: Even though wedding bouquets are somewhat a work of art that floral designers spend a lot of time on, they are not as extremely fragile as they seem. They are made to stay together and we go to great lengths to fasten them tightly together. If there is a rose the has been damaged or a bloom that has wilted, take a second and simply pick or cut that flower out. Don’t be afraid to do this. The flowers and greens will be able to slightly adjust if you need to move something around. Don’t be afraid that it will fall apart!
How do I hold a bouquet?: You would be surprised how many different ways you can “display” a bouquet. Either the bride is holding them up to her chin or down to her knees. Neither of those ways display you (the bride) or the flowers in the best way. Hold the flowers at about your belly button when walking down the aisle (this goes for bridesmaids too!). Also, look at your bouquet from all sides. Often a bouquet will have a front and back or a “good side”.
How do I pin a boutonniere?: More often than not, come the wedding day when the men’s flowers arrive, there is a moment of desperation as they try and find someone who knows how to pin on a bout. The boutonnieres will come with 2 pins. Find the place on their suit’s lapel on the left side (often where the little button hole is) that looks nicest and pin the bout from behind the fabric as to not show the pins. Push one pin up the stems through the suit starting at the bottom of the bout, and the second pushing down from the top of the stems through the suit. This should secure it nicely. Don’t be afraid to try a couple times to make sure it’s secure. Doing it this way will also ensure you don’t poke anyone!
How will the weather effect my flowers?: The weather on your wedding day could effect your flowers in a positive or negative way. In the summer, a really hot day might wilt your flowers, especially if left in a hot car or in direct sunlight. In the winter, anything below zero degrees will freeze your flowers in moments due to the high water content in the petals. They may look nice in a couple outdoor photos but as soon as you bring them inside again they will brown. Don’t bring your flowers outside on a cold day unless you’re willing to pay the consequences!
Im picking my flowers up the day before my wedding, what do I do?: If you opt to pick up your flowers the day before your wedding, keep in mind that it is at your own risk! Like I mentioned, your flowers are meant to be perfect and in their prime for your wedding day. Having them out of our cooler for 24 hours will effect the flowers and allow them to open up. You would be surprised how quickly this happens! If you pick them up early, make sure you have a space cleared in a fridge to keep the bouts and bouquets cool. This will ensure their freshness.
Have any questions about caring for wedding flowers? Give us a call! (204)-488-4822