Q for DIY brides: how to keep flowers fresh?

by DIY wedding planner on July 23, 2012

For those that made their own bouquets or table arrangements, how did you keep the flowers fresh? My flowers are being delivered to my house Friday morning, and the wedding is Saturday morning. I am making the table arrangements in medium sized vases. I assume them being in water will be enough to keep them fresh, but what about the bouquets and boutonnieres?
I am making them myself, so no boxes. Also, no garage. I live in England. It is about 55-60 during the day and around 45-50 at night presently.

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Kristy July 23, 2012 at 5:14 am

Water should be fine, and keep them out of the direct sunlight and extremes of temperature. Don’t put them in the fridge, a normal household fridge is not the right temperature or humidity to keep flowers, my brother made this mistake and ended up with frozen, dead flowers the day of his wedding.

Good luck!


HIS! July 23, 2012 at 5:59 am

Water is not enough. You need to keep them in a cold refrigerator until they are taken to the venue.


Alison July 23, 2012 at 6:45 am

Check with the florist for suggestions. Hopefully the bouquets and boutonnieres will be in boxes. When they arrive give them a few spritzes of misted water then close the boxes. Keep them in a cool dark place like a garage. They should be fine the next morning if you’ve kept them cool, damp and in the closed boxes.


joinme4coffee July 23, 2012 at 7:32 am

My uncle and his wife were florists when my sister got married. Their gift to her was to do all her flowers. They came to town and stayed at my apartment. We went to the downtown flower market 2 or 3 times during the week before the wedding and made all the arrangements, bouquets, corsages, etc. in my kitchen. I had to empty my fridge to make room for the flowers. We also stored some in my parents’ and my sister’s husband’s fridge.

Make room in your fridge for the bouquets and boutonnieres. The flowers in water will be fine.


my_2_cents July 23, 2012 at 8:18 am

The fridge should be fine. Years ago I managed a wholesale flower nursery, and we had an old coldroom bought from a convenience store that we stored the flowers in before they were collected by the delivery drivers. Just check that the temperature setting is okay, and make sure that the petals don’t touch the side or back of the fridge. If they won’t all fit in your fridge, beg your bridal party to see if they can squeeze a few things in for you!


Take care of your teeth July 23, 2012 at 8:29 am

Keep in a cool place like a fridge (but set the fridge to a warmer temp. Cool NOT cold). Make sure to keep them in water AND add those flower fresh packets if possible. Don’t put the flowers outside. They need to be kept cool but not cold. So maybe place in the basement or any room you can keep between 50-65 degrees F.


JulesJ July 23, 2012 at 8:45 am

Go buy yourself some good cut flower food and mix the solution into the final containers you will store the flower in. Cut or remove any foliage that could end up below the water line while you store them. With a sharp knife, cut about two inches off the bottom of each stem. Be sure you cut them while under water, say in a bowl of water. Place each cut flower into the flower food mixture. Store them in a cool, dark place but not in the fridge.

Now the flowers are prepped to survive the next day.

Whenever you cut your flowers, cut them under water.

The best way to ensure your bouquets will last is to keep them in water. Floral foam bouquet holders accomplish this nicely. Just soak them in the flower food solution.

For the boutonnieres. Use a resilient flower like the rose and do them the morning of if you can and they will survive.


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