How to keep wedding flowers fresh

We are all enjoying the glorious weather at the minute but it can also cause concern for wedding flowers. If you are a little worried about your wedding day because of the heat then have a little read of this latest blog.....

There really is very little that you need to do once your wedding flowers arrive. On the morning of your wedding you can be sure that we have organised delivery times to get the best in freshness out of the flowers. As florists, we monitor the weather and if its going to be a scorcher then we may call you to discuss delivery times to suit the hotter climate. 

Bridal flowers will most often be delivered in a box and usually without water. Sometimes in really hot weather we might deliver the bouquets in a small amount of water but this would always be advised to you before hand.

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Delivered without water

In cooler months flowers are delivered in boxes without water.

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Delivered in water

In warmer months we may deliver to you in upright boxes with a little water in the base.

As you get ready we will, most likely, be preparing the ceremony. Then we'll be off to the reception venue to create or finish off the meal and party flowers.

Somewhere in between all of that we'll deliver your bridal flowers in the pre arranged time slot. All you will need to do is keep them somewhere cool and out of sunlight or drafts (especially from any AC units). When you are ready to use them, lift them out of the box and use a towel or tissue to gently dab the ends of the stems, especially if they have been delivered in water. This makes sure there is no moisture to spot your dress.

That's seriously it. We will have stored, conditioned and fed the flowers in the week before to prepare them for your wedding day. The bridal flowers will also have been water misted. Depending on the flowers used we may also spray with a preserve to help them retain water.

If you really want to take the bouquet home, be aware that the flowers will not last as long as a bouquet bought from a shop. This is because the flowers are in 'full bloom' and at their showy best for the day. To really look after them, you'll need to recut the stems after the ceremony and photos. Then place the bouquet in water as soon as you can. Each time they are removed from water, flowers need to be recut before being replaced. This will allow them to drink through the stem.

 Have some vases at the ready to pop your flowers into if you want to keep them fresh.

Have some vases at the ready to pop your flowers into if you want to keep them fresh.

 In some cases, where the style and flowers suit, you can use the bouquets on the tables too.

In some cases, where the style and flowers suit, you can use the bouquets on the tables too.

Remember, it's our job to make sure your flowers are fresh on the day of your wedding so relax and enjoy the day!