Brides won’t have to worry about their dress being ruined in the rain, the wedding car can be driven with the top down and the bridal party can congregate on the lawn drinking Pimms. But spare a thought, however, for the wedding flowers. Many flowers do not cope well in hot weather, especially the delicate cottage-garden style flowers that are regularly used in bouquets
Luckily, Fiona Pickles, owner of award-winning event and wedding florists, Firenza Floral Design, is on hand to offer us advice on what you can do to help protect your bouquet, and other wedding flowers, from wilting in the heat.
Fiona says: “A good florist will do everything they can to protect your flowers before a bride or civil partner receives them but once the flowers have arrived there are some extra things you can do to help keep them fresh as long as possible.”
Here are a few top tips from Fiona that will help avoid a wedding day floral disaster:
The bouquets should be delivered to you standing in a little water so they are drinking for as long as possible. They can be removed from the water at the last possible moment for ultimate freshness, making sure to wipe dry to prevent drips.
Keep the bouquets in the coolest area possible such as a garage, or possibly the bathroom in a hotel room, but never a fridge!
Always keep flowers away from direct sunlight and protect them from hairspray – some flowers wilt on contact with hairspray. This is especially relevant if flowers are being added to the hair.
Avoid having the gents buttonholes delivered to a house where they attach them and then merrily head off to the pub, where a buttonhole will slowly toast as they sit in the sun. Instead, arrange for them to be delivered to a cool church or store room at the venue, where they can be popped on as the groom and his chaps arrive, extending the life of the buttonhole significantly.
After the ceremony, the bridal bouquets should be placed back in water so they can start drinking again; the florist can place vases of water on a mantelpiece, window ledge or even along the top table. The bouquets can be popped into them on arrival at the venue so the bouquets remain fresh and are on display throughout the wedding breakfast.
On the day after the wedding, some of the flowers in pedestals or table centre displays may look past their best, but if you’re planning on giving them to guests, they may well come back to life with a little help. Hydrangeas respond very well to having their whole head dunked in water and an inch or so cut off their stem – it is miraculous how a totally shrivelled head can perk up overnight. Displays in floral foam will need regular topping up with water and it may be worth taking them out of the foam, cutting an inch of every stem and placing them in a vase.
Do remember though that all flowers have been conditioned to be at their absolute best on the day of the wedding itself which may mean they don’t have a long time left after the day itself.
For more information or if you’d like to book an appointment, Fiona offers consultations at her beautiful studio and workshop in West Yorkshire. Visit www.firenzafloraldesign.co.uk or ring 01422 835540.