It’s been a hot start to summer already here in Brisbane, and I’m getting lots of my brides asking me how they can make their wedding flowers last all day, particularly in this Queensland heat! I do have a few tricks up my sleeve, and it comes down to choosing the right flowers, storing them properly in the lead up to your wedding, and choosing a Brisbane florist who cares! I thought I would share my top five tips for making sure your wedding flowers last all day, so you can have stunning flowers from the moment you walk down the aisle to when you throw your bouquet at the end of the evening:
Brisbane Florist Top 5 Tips to make flowers last all day
- Work with your florist to choose flowers that will last all day. This is impacted by the time of year, where your wedding is being held (e.g. if your wedding is on the beach and your flowers will be out in the hot sun), your wedding style, and even the time of day you’re tying the knot. Your florist is your best resource when choosing the right flowers, so give them as much information as you can so that they can create something that will work for your requirements. Try to avoid imported flowers, and go for hardier arrangements with lots of greenery in the summer months, or why not try King Proteas or natives in your bouquet? Different, textured, and stunning!
- Don’t be alarmed if your Brisbane florist delivers your flowers, and they don’t yet look like they are in full bloom. A good florist will know, based on what time your ceremony is, at what stage of bloom your flowers should be so that they are at their best. This is why it’s so important to choose a good florist, not just one with the cheapest package – don’t forget that your flowers will be in every photo!
- It is definitely worth paying a small delivery fee to get your bouquets and buttonholes delivered on the day close to the ceremony time. While you may be tempted to collect your flowers the night before or first thing in the morning, leaving your flowers under your florist’s care for as long as possible, stored in their cooler, will make a big difference to their lasting power on the day.
- Leave buttonholes and corsages in the fridge until just before you leave for the ceremony. A dampened paper towel carefully placed over the top of them will help to keep them in perfect condition, and a good florist will use a special spray to seal in their moisture.
- While your Brisbane florist should make sure to deliver your reception flowers with water in the vases, charge your venue manager, a friend or even a bridesmaid with doing a quick check in between the ceremony and your reception. Vases should have water in them, and any centrepieces should be kept out of full sun until the last minute, if possible!
Just because we live in a place where the temperature regularly creeps above 30 degrees on December wedding days, doesn’t mean brides can’t have gorgeous flowers on their wedding day!
If you’d like to chat about your summer wedding flowers, don’t hesitate to get in touch!