Are you planning your wedding for next summer? With the potential for steamy hot temperatures comes the possibility of wilting flowers. Not to mention wilting bridesmaids. Summer weddings, especially those outdoors, will test the sturdiness of your flowers, especially your bouquets and boutonnieres since they sit out of water. Turn to some expert advice on how to choose and maintain your flowers, especially if your wedding reception will take place outside.
3 Tips for Flower Power
- TROPICAL! For flower type, tropical flowers are already acclimated to humidity and heat. Orchids, Birds of Paradise and other blooms that originate in the tropics or along tropical coastlines in the U.S. withstand heat well. You’ll likely pay extra if you have to import them. If you don’t care for tropical flowers or don’t want the cost, choose flowers that have thicker, sturdy waxy petals and leaves. The waxiness acts like a barrier and helps keep moisture in and heat out.
- LOCAL IN SEASON! You best source is to buy local. Flowers from your own region that are also in season are not just authentic, they are also practical. Since they are inherently designed to be in bloom during the time of year your wedding is taking place, chances are they’ll do better.
- KEEP MOIST! Maintenance of your flowers is crucial. Time the delivery for just before your pre-wedding photos. Your florist will want some kind of on-site refrigeration to keep them cool, so clear out space in your refrigerator or have a large cooler available. For the time in transit, give your photographer or someone assisting a water spritzer to instantly perk up wilting blooms.
Once photos that follow your ceremony wrap up, flower bouquets will have less of a role. Many photographers like to shoot a close-up featuring either the bride’s bouquet and wedding invitation or a bridesmaid’s bouquet at a reception table. Also the bridesmaids’ bouquets can be used to surround the cake or to adorn other table displays at the reception.
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