I've Got My Flowers, Now What?
You've made your decision. Youíve selected the perfect flowers for your wedding centerpieces, bouquets and room decorations. But now what? To make the process easy and less stressful, Wholesale Wedding Flowers will take you through the process from ordering to displaying, and everything in between.
Ordering the perfect flowers for your occasion:
If you know exactly which type of flowers you want, nothing is easier than ordering them directly off our website. With the click of a button you can arrange for hundreds of fresh flowers to arrive at your door at just the right time before your event.
Customers who prefer more personalized service can call our expert floral consultants to arrange a floral package created with your unique needs, preferences, and financial limitations in mind. Our flower experts can process your order and ensure that the flowers will be sent to you on time.
Determining the quantity of flowers that you will need is a common question when ordering flowers. Unfortunately, there is no basic formula to follow. Quantity is highly subjective according to your taste and style. A centerpiece can be made up of an elaborate arrangement of every variety of flowers, or it can take the form of a single striking blossom. Some brides like a tight pomander ball bouquet, while others prefer ones that cascade. What you can calculate, however, is how many boxes you will need. Decide on a centerpiece, arrangement or bouquet idea that you like. Figure out how many tables will be requiring arrangements. Factor in flowers for the dais, as well as pews, alter, bouquets, and any other area that will be decorated with flowers. Once you figure out how many of each bloom will go into an arrangement, you can simply multiply by the number of areas you'll be decorating. A good trick is to order extra greens. This way, even if you are slightly off on your calculations, you can use these to enhance the arrangement, and your arrangements will still look fantastic.
Storing and Caring for your flowers:
Another important question to answer is what to do with your flowers when they arrive.
Once they have arrived, you will need to properly care for your flowers to ensure their longevity and freshness. Flowers need two things: water and air. Cut flowers will drink thirstily, and lukewarm water seems to be the best temperature (see below for some flower varieties that prefer cool water). Your cut flowers should be kept in a cool place; a fridge or cooler is preferable, if one is available.
Preparing and arranging your bouquet/centerpiece:
The time has come at last to bring your envisioned floral arrangements to life. If you have a few friends helping out, your flower arrangements may be able to wait until the night before, or even the morning of your event. Here are a few tips to use when preparing your floral arrangements.
Here are some specific tips for the individual flowers:
- Alstromerias prefer cool water, though warm water will promote opening if some arrive closed.
- Birds of paradise are shipped closed to prevent damaging. Place in warm water for half an hour, and manually open the blossom.
- Lilies are hearty drinkers so replenish their water supply often.
- Pompons prefer cool water as well.
- Greens need to be kept moist but not wet, and proper temperature control and air circulation is imperative. Keep them in a cool place that is well ventilated at all times. Check that the stems are drinking water on a regular basis. Floral preservatives can cause more harm than good to tree ferns and leather leaf, so fresh, cool water is preferable.
- Larkspur will arrive tightly packed. Loosen bunches for best circulation.
- When dealing with roses, keep as much foliage as possible (only above the waterline), as the leaves promote water circulation to the upper half of the stem and bloom.
- Snapdragons should be stored upright as they will naturally grow upwards and may become disfigured if stored at an angle.
- Statice should not be stored in water for long periods of time because this can turn the stems black. Instead, keep in a cool place such as a refrigerator or cooler, and avoiding getting the heads wet at all.
- Stock is tightly packed for shipping. Separate the clusters, and change water frequently.
If you have any additional questions about the care or arrangement of your specific flowers, please feel free to call our flower experts at 786-546-8583, or email us at any time.
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