A bride’s bouquet is not your typical bouquet of flowers. This single bouquet has been thought about and carefully planned so that it adds to not only the aesthetics of the wedding day, but to the bride’s overall look for the day. This is why it is so important to keep your bouquet fresh and in great shape all day long.
There have been instances where a bride’s bouquet doesn’t quite hold up throughout the wedding day. Flowers may wilt, or even start to fall from the bouquet. I asked my dear friend, wedding and event florist Andie from The Flower Studio why this happens along with a few other questions about caring for wedding day floral, and here is what she had to say!
It doesn’t matter if you are having your flower arrangements delivered or if you are picking them up yourself, your bouquet must be packed to perfection. For the incredibly popular hand tied bouquets our garden style bouquets, this means that it is placed in water. For a cascading bouquet, this means that it will be packed in a long box for easy transportation.
Portrait time is a prime time for your wedding bouquet to be (unintentionally) mistreated. You are moving in and out of poses which usually means you are alternating between holding and not holding your bouquet. Typically it is either passed of to someone nearby, but if nobody else is around it is usually gently sat down on a chair, on the ground, against a tree-you get the picture. As gentle as the bouquet may be handled during this time, it’s not the proper way to care for your bouquet. Your bouquet should either be placed back in water anytime it is not being held or should be set back down in its packaging box to keep it safe.
Don’t ever forget that flowers are extremely fragile and they can bruise, break, fall a part. They are a fresh product, and I like to compare them with fruits and vegetables. Perishable produce, if not taken care of properly, will bruise and we have to toss it. The only bouquet we want you tossing on your wedding day is your designated toss bouquet! People forget that fresh flowers don’t last too long without proper care. It can be a single flower or a bridal bouquet – it is fragile and it is delicate.
If you have long hours of portrait pictures or will simply be walking around your venue for more than 2 hours taking pictures, I do suggest another bouquet as a backup. Here in Florida it is not too common anymore, but bridal portrait pictures are done sometimes 4 -6 weeks prior to the wedding. Your hair, makeup, and floral is done for this portrait session and is typically considered a trial for your big day. This way, your portrait time is shortened on your wedding day and you are able to enjoy your fresh flower bouquet and your party much better!
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