Adding Oriental Lilies
Oriental lilies are added next. Largest blooms (like these) are usually considered to be the focal flowers of your bouquet design.
Keep in mind that if you plan to include Oriental lilies to your designs, they take much longer to open than other flowers do.
I usually recommend that most flowers be ordered three days in advance. In other words, if you are planning a Saturday wedding you should have the flowers arrive at your house by Wednesday.
Orientals, however, take longer to open. They are an expensive flower and will require separate overnight shipping - more likely the Monday in advance.
Here is a time lapse showing you how much time it takes for these beautiful blooms to open:
The flowers must be shipped in bud form, or the petals will be creased and broken.
As the flowers open, they reveal the stamen, which is where the pollen is produced. These flowers have a lovely scent - but it is pretty strong. If you are at all allergic, it might be best to choose a different flower.
The pollen must be carefully removed or it will stain skin, clothing or carpeting. Taking it off before it fully matures is best and then the least likely to stain or scatter pollen in your breathing space.
I center the large blooms right in the middle of the floral design.
Stagger the blooms down, shortening the bottom flowers deep into the middle.
Don't place them perfectly, but in a more casual grouping as it would growing in a garden.