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DIY WEDDINGS and BUYING WEDDING FLOWERS ON LINE
There are lots of websites advertising wedding flowers for brides that choose to make their own arrangements and bouquets. As a florist I would not discourage this. Some girls have a talent for handling these kinds of details and do so beautifully and it certainly gives a personal touch to a very special day.
There are many excellent on line suppliers of fresh cut flowers, but there are things you should know when you decide to Do It Yourself .
Unless you have a cooler that maintains a proper flower temperature, be sure your flowers arrive no more than three days before the wedding. Remember, they have been on a long journey from a field as far away as South America or Holland. Then they spent at least over night in a box without water. They are thirsty and need care. Your house refrigerator might work, if you are careful not to expose the flowers to very cold streams of air or food gases. Fruits and vegetables and many foods emit gasses that can kill flowers. So, the very best storage is a cool garage without any drafts or dust. If you use your refrigerator be sure to cover the flowers lightly with paper towels to protect them from too cold streams of air.
You need clean buckets of fresh water. When your flowers arrive give them all a fresh cut and put them in warm water and let them hydrate before you put them in a cooler.
One of the pitfalls of ordering on line is these folks are busy and send out tons of flowers. The flowers travel in boxes and can get overheated and arrive wilted beyond repair. You may not have time to reorder so you are stuck. Also if the flowers are not the color or quantity you expected you may be stuck because there just is not time to fix the problem.
A reputable florist will take care of these problems, has connections for getting flowers quickly and can substitute flowers and even buy flowers from other florists. Most florists want very much to give you exactly what you want on this important day. They have the facilities for storing and refrigerating the flowers properly to insure they are fresh for the wedding.
For a young bride not used to handling flowers quantity can be a problem. How many flowers do you need for 12 centerpieces, several bouquets and boutonnieres and corsages? That’s where experience helps.
Another thing to consider is your time. A medium sized wedding may have 5 or 6 bouquets, 10 boutonnieres, 5 corsages, altar flowers, perhaps a dozen centerpieces and something pretty for the flower girl and ring bearer. This is very time consuming and it’s a lot of flowers to handle. Buckets of flowers take up space; make a lot of waste and cleaning them and creating all these pieces takes time. Do you really have that much time a day or so before your wedding? Also, have you ever looked at florist’s manicures??
The economy is stressed and people are trying to cut back. As a florist I would recommend the following. Hire a florist to make your bouquets, boutonnières, corsages and flower girl pieces. Have that same florist order flowers for your centerpieces. Discuss what your vision is and show her the kind of container you plan on using. Containers make a big difference when you are ordering flowers because of the neck size. Then plan a centerpiece party with several of your friends, start with a design that you like and have everyone copy it. By all means serve wine! Have fun!