It’s typically hot here in the Midwest this month and next and when extreme humidity temperatures you have to be extra careful to take care of your personal wedding flowers. Here are a few hints:
1. Make sure your flower is a hardy enough to stand up to extreme heats. Orchids thrive in our humid environment, but some bride’s will shy away because of their costs. Talk to your florist and be open minded to different flowers that will last from morning until the pictures are done.
2. Ask your florist to deliver in vases with water. Not all of them do it. Even if you have to run out to the Dollar Store and get some cheap vases, it is well worth your investment. You’ll want to put the flowers in the water in between photos and store them in a cool place. Make sure you bring a towel to dry off the stems (or your wedding planner will have one).
3. The beauty of vases also keeps the bouquet upright and safe. This past weekend one of our brides had lilies in her bouquet but one of the blooms may have been pressed up against her and it was HOT in the limo. We pulled that one bloom out of the bouquet because it wilted. So keeping your bouquet in a vase is much better than laying it on it’s side.
4. Don’t pin the boutonnières on the little boys in the wedding party until the last minute.
5. Remind the groomsmen that when they take off their jackets to make sure their boutonnières are on the outside instead of being folded in.
Remember that flowers are living, organic things….and sometimes they don’t hold up to our expectations. Sometimes florists get a bad flower batch shipped in but don’t realize it until it’s too late. But that is also the beauty of nature, sometimes imperfect….but beautiful in it’s natural state.