Keep them Cold
The number one tip I can give about wedding flowers is to keep them as cold as possible. After your florist delivers your personal flowers, for example, make sure you keep them in an air conditioned room – even though it’s tempting to leave them to shine in the sun. For boutonnieres and corsages, you can even pop them in the fridge since they are small. This will keep them from wilting.
This goes for your ceremony and reception flowers too. If you’re hosting an outdoor ceremony or reception, try to avoid placing your florals yet. Keep them in a cool spot and when your vendor team is farther along in the setup process, then place them. More often than not, your florist and coordinator will take care of this step!
Grab a Towel
Florists will set out your bouquets in small vases of water when they deliver them so that the blooms stay fresh before it’s time to grab them for photos.
Before you pull that beautiful creation out of its vase, be sure to have a small towel handy to pat dry the stems. We don’t want those water drops to touch your gorgeous dress!
This is especially important for bridesmaids wearing chiffon or silk as water tends to leave a very noticeable mark on those fabrics.
Is the floral proposal killing your budget? One way to save a little extra cash is to repurpose some of your floral arrangements. Perhaps the ceremony backdrop gets moved to the sweetheart table after the ceremony, or the arrangement on the cocktail tables at cocktail hour gets moved to the gift table or coffee bar. Be sure this is something your coordinator is willing to handle for you.
First photo – florals by Siren Floral Co.
Second photo – florals by Inessa Nichols Design