In case it doesn’t go without saying, when you pick up flowers make sure they can be hydrated and protected from wind on your trip home. An open pickup truck bed isn’t going to work! If you don’t have the means to pick up, we can deliver to your location for a reasonable fee.
Not sure how many buckets you’ll need? Start by estimating stems for one table or arrangement and then plan accordingly. One bucket is usually enough for 5 mason jar bouquets. A bridal bouquet can be anywhere from 30- 80 stems depending on the size and style, while bridesmaids bouquets tend to be around 20-60. Smaller bouquets or larger flowers may mean you don’t need as many stems. Plan on having a few extra flowers in case any break while you are arranging or transporting flowers.
Store flowers out of the wind in a cool, dark place with adequate water. A cool room or shady porch usually works well. COOL AND HYDRATED should be your mantra!
Get your materials ahead of time. Will you need scissors or pruners? Floral tape? Pins? Ribbon? Vases or jars? Most materials can be obtained from garden and craft stores.
Make sure you have enough help, space and time. With our flowers, a few friends and a few hours, you can have gorgeous arrangements and some great memories! This should be fun!
Prepare stems before you arrange them by stripping any leaves that will end up underwater and placing each variety in a separate jar or vase.
Keep it simple! An arrangement that requires wire, water tubes, flower frogs, floral adhesive, etc. might not be the best idea. Keep in mind that some flowers do better out of water than others.
You can make boutonnieres, hair combs, etc. the day before the wedding and place them in slightly inflated ziplock bags or plastic clamshells in the refrigerator to maintain freshness. While a cooler or refrigerator can keep flowers cool, be aware that fruit and vegetables stored next to them can cause premature aging in some varieties.
Use crates or cardboard boxes and newspaper or other packing materials to transport arrangements. Leave jars or vases of water at the head table or another location so you have somewhere to place bridal and bridesmaids bouquets after the ceremony. You can even use them as arrangements for the reception!