So you just ordered your wedding flowers and you are excited about them. Everything else has been perfect. The venue looks amazing and you are ready to get into that beautiful white wedding dress and just have the most amazing time of your life.
You are expecting your wedding flowers to last a long time. At least until the guests are gone and maybe even a few days after the wedding. You would think that your florist would take care of that.
Nope. You are wrong.
Yes, your florist will definitely take the time to ensure that the flowers look beautiful and are perfect for the occasion, but they won’t take the extra step to increase the longevity of your flowers. Unless you pay them extra for it.
And unless you are a millionaire or a billionaire, you want to make sure that you have this wedding within a certain budget. You would not like it very much if you saw your wedding flowers start to go bad in front of your eyes and you just have to take a break just to get some more freshly cut flowers for the whole venue.
That’s just not practical.
So in order to get more longevity out of your wedding flowers, here are 3 tips for you that can use immediately.
The Vase & Water
When you are putting your flowers in a vase, make sure that it is sterilized. Don’t go the boiling route, just wipe down the vase from the inside with a mild disinfectant or just hot soapy water. Once the vase is dry, add sterilized water that has been boiled and cooled into the vase, and then add a commercial floral preservative and food mixture to it.
And that’s it.
Adding the Flowers
This is a crucial tip.
When you are putting up all the flower vases at the wedding venue, you want to make sure that the height of the flowers should be one and a half times the height of the vase. Another good way to remember this, is to make sure that the stem lengths of your flowers are longer. The longer they are, the better.
Also, when you cut the stems, make sure that they are cut at a 45 degrees angle to achieve maximum exposure. This will allow the flowers to absorb as much water as possible. Also make sure that the stems are cut under running water, this will ensure that air is not entering the stems that will block the flow of water to the blossoms.
Another thing you should remember is to only use a floral knife or a sharp pair of pruning shears. Never use a blunt blade because that can damage and crush the stem which will again, block the vital flow of water to the flower.
Storage is another important thing that most people mess up. They think that if they keep the flowers out in direct sunlight, that will help them.
It never does.
Instead, try to store the flowers in a room that does not get direct sunlight. The room should also have a cool ambient temperature. Remember, any time of direct heat will ruin the flowers. This means that the flowers should be nowhere near anything like heating vents, fireplaces or even cold air conditioners because they throw out cold drafts of air.
Ambient room temperature is all these flowers need to increase their longevity.