Caring for your wedding flowers is something that most people don't know or think about on their wedding day, but just a few simple actions can ensure your flowers stay fresh and look good throughout the day.
Providing your florist has pre-treated your flowers, and has had them in water right up until they set out to deliver them to you, they should be nice and hydrated when you receive them. Some florists will deliver the flowers in water or a wet wrap, while others will deliver them in a bouquet box or bag with dry tissue paper. However, once your flowers arrive the most important thing you can do is get them into fresh water straight away. If you have some secateurs or garden snips on hand, you can also give the ends a little snip which enables more water to travel up the stems. It's very easy to take your beautifully presented bouquets in bags or boxes and pop them in a corner while the bridal party continues to get ready, but the most important thing you can do is to get them into water ASAP! If you don't, you may find that when youre ready for your flowers - they're starting to wilt or droop, this is especially common when there are wild flowers in your bouquet. If this has happened - or your flowers arrive looking a little sad then giving them a decent drink of water should help them perk up. If you are staying at an accommodation that doesn't have any glasses or vases large enough for your bouquets, then you can get wet a cloth/tea towel or paper towels, wrap this around the bottom of the stems, and then cover with a plastic bag. This will keep them moist until it's time to leave for the ceremony. Place the bouquets that are in water in a cool place out of any direct sunlight.
Buttonholes, corsages, rose petals, and hair flowers/flower crowns will need to be placed in the fridge if possible until they are needed. If you don't have access to a fridge then a cool place will be fine. A light misting of water from a spray bottle is also beneficial, making sure you don't soak any ribbon with water.
When it's finally time for the formal photos, there can be hours where your bouquets are out of water - and if it's a hot day they may start to look a little worse for wear by the time you're finishing up. A great idea is to have somebody carry vases of water out with you while you're having photos, and if there is a long stretch of time where the bouquets aren't needed in the photos then they can be in water having a quick drink. Perhaps organise this with your driver or an assistant beforehand.
It is possible to be able to enjoy your wedding bouquets in the weeks after your wedding if they are given a little TLC and I recently had a bride email to say her Mother was still enjoying the bridal flowers 2 weeks after the wedding, so it can happen!
Make sure you change the water every few days, and keep the flowers in a cool room in your house which is out of direct sunlight. A little sugar and a drop of bleach feeds the flowers and helps to keep bacteria at bay, and removing any flowers that are past their best means the others will have a better chance.
Never hesitate to ask your florist if you are unsure of how to keep your flowers, it is our job to make sure they last as long as possible!
- Written by professional florist, Kelly Allen - Where The Wild Things Grow; Florist, Waihi (www.thebridaltable.com/where-the-wild-things-grow).