Fresh Flower Wedding Bouquets
Secrets Florists Use to Keep Those Flowers Fresh!!
Do you plan to make your own fresh flower wedding bouquets? Then brush up on a few products and tips that professional florists use on THEIR wedding bouquets.
Use Professional Florist Supplies
Discount florist supplies (REAL florist supplies) aren't likely to be found in your local craft store. Most professional florists order theirs in bulk from their own wholesale distributor. They are usually reluctant to display them for consumer use.
Process Your Bulk Wedding Flowers Immediately!
Professional flower shops unpack and process their fresh flower shipments as quickly as possible. They know the key to keeping flowers longer is to get them drinking water as quickly as possible.
Use Clean Buckets and Professional Flower Food
Now is no timie to take Aunt Myrtle's advice about using home formulas to feed your wedding flowers. Seven-Up, copper pennies, and aspirin just doesn't hold a candle to professional flower flood designed for the best care of cut flowers.
Cut All Flower Stems Underwater
Dry packed flowers are very thirsty. When you cut the stem of a flower, the flower immediately "gulps" just as you would taking in your breath. If the flower gulps in air instead of water, an air pocket may develop in the stem. This air bubble literally keeps water from reaching the flower head. (This is a common cause of limp necked roses).
I Recommend "Quick Dip"
Quick Dip is a product that you immediately dip newly cut flower stems in. Keep it in a deep bowl and immediately dip the end of your cut flower into it up a couple inches on the stem.
This florist supply product helps with instant flower hydration (getting the flowers to take water up quickly.)
Mist the Flower Heads with a Flower Sealant
Most florists allow their flowers to drink water at normal temperature for 20 minutes or so. Then they put them in a specially designed cooler that is more humid that a regular refrigerator.
Since I assume a Do It Yourself bride doesn't have this advantage, the next best thing is to mist the flower heads with a flower sealant like Finishing Touch.
I consider Finishing Touch or similar product a must for all my fresh flower wedding bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres. I remist frequently before designing and after.
Keep Your Fresh Bouquets in a Water Source
After designing your fresh flower wedding bouquets, be sure that they are in a water source of some kind. You can either use flower foam products (such as OASIS Bouquet Holders soaked in treated water) or place the hand-tied bouquets (without the ribbons) in vases of water.
Do It Yourself brides may want to consider a pre-made decorative bouquet wrap that can be quickly put on the bouquets before walking down the aisle.