Although this hand bouquet tutorial seemed rather long, you'll find it goes quickly as you begin to get the hang of turning and taping the bouquet!
The flowers should be kept in a cool area, away from heat sources or sunlight.
I do like to keep my bouquets and corsages refrigerated if possible. If you don't have room, simply turn down the air conditioning (or open a window a crack and shut off heat vents if it is winter time).
Please keep your flowers in water that has been treated with a cut flower food. Professional flower food is especially formulated to keep flowers at their peak longer than plain water.
Follow directions on the container. Using more food won't hurt the flowers - but it is a waste of your product.
I ALWAYS mist all my designs well with a flower sealant. Allow it to dry before refrigeration. This seals and hydrates the petals, preventing moisture loss.
Remember - a home refrigerator and air conditioning pulls moisture OUT of the air. A professional floral cooler ADDS humidity to the air. The Finishing Touch helps counteract this problem.
Using professional floral supplies is what sets professional designers apart from amateurs. These products don't cost that much money and will protect that expensive investment you have put into buying your bulk wedding flowers.
Read my opinion of wholesale flower sites. I never intended to ship fresh flowers from my store - only the hard goods. But I've become frustrated with flower sites that claim to sell wholesale, only to be astounded at the ridiculous amounts of product they insist brides buy.
Trust me - those prices are NOT wholesale . . . yet they make you buy large quantities.
I won't claim to be selling wholesale - I would soon be out of business if I did. But I try to provide all flowers at a reasonable cost, charge reasonable shipping rates and provide you with everything you need for DIY wedding flowers.
I don't want to add to ANY bride's stress on her wedding day. My goal is to help her save money by providing her own labor, which is a substantial part of the cost when going to a flower shop.
I ship through a reputable working flower wholesaler based in Florida. I know them well and worked with them for many years. I know they work hard to provide each of our customers with a good experience and quality merchandise.
Check out my other wedding flower tutorials, which includes step by step photos for making corsages, boutonnieres, centerpieces, altar sprays and other styles of bouquets.