Until a wedding, few of us have purchased large quantities of flowers – bouquets, corsages, bouts and centerpieces – especially for a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor event. As with most tasks surrounding a wedding, ordering flowers can be a bit daunting. Brides often choose the flowers they most love, usually after perusing bridal magazines brimming with gorgeous floral designs. Inspiration sells – it’s why the ever-increasing selection of bridal magazines and wedding websites are mostly filled with rings, gowns and flowers. Peruse the floral eye candy, pick your favorites, ask a florist to design your bouquet adapting to the inspiration pics, all within or below your budget. Simple and easy, right? It can be when you choose to work with experienced professional florists who take into consideration your event’s details – especially for warm weather events.
Although it should be a primary concern, brides seldom consider hardiness when choosing wedding flowers for an outdoor event. Certain flowers will quickly wilt or loose petals when exposed to hours of warm temperatures or direct sun – hydrangeas, tulips, peonies & gardenias are notoriously difficult. Fresh, quality flowers that are properly conditioned and well hydrated ALWAYS hold up best, but won’t necessarily guarantee ‘perfection’ when the product isn’t heat-tolerant, or if it’s mistreated after delivery. Floral designers skilled in product management have the expertise to direct brides toward hardy flower alternatives, but they must be informed of site-specific information including how, when and where various floral items will be used.
Speaking for our location – Timing of deliveries will need to be adjusted in order to ensure the freshest products possible. Florists will deliver & place their items in the tent and gazebo, but installing items close to the event’s start time is best. Bridal party flowers are needed earlier in the day for pre-wedding photos so two floral shop deliveries or a client pick up may be necessary. Bouquets will be delivered in vases that contain a small amount of water – leave the flowers in the vases in order to keep the flowers hydrated. We do not recommend storing the bridal flowers in our refrigerators, the temperature is lower than a floral cooler, some fruits that may be in the fridge could also cause the flowers to wilt. If requested, for the reception EHHPG staff will provide vases for the bouquets so they can remain hydrated, incorporating bouquets is also a budget-wise option for table decor. If a florist drops off centerpieces earlier in the day along with the bridal flowers, these may be stored in an air-conditioned room. **EHHPG staff does not transport the florist’s items so you may want to request a later delivery, or arrange for friends to move them. To avoid wilting we recommend that flowers be placed in the tent no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the ceremony during warm weather events.
For the best product, service and price, at the initial floral consult provide: event date and location, expected high temperature, time of pre-wedding photos, and start time for the wedding and reception. Most local florists have worked at EHHPG, but reminding them of expected temperatures is important because your event may be held on a warmer day than they’ve experienced before. If you are marrying in a church and want to use some or all of the flowers at EHHPG for the reception, will the florist transport and install these? Do talk budget – they need to know in order to provide you with the best options possible. Ask about potential floral hardiness issues and if they can recommend hardier alternatives that will provide a similar look within the same color palette. Discuss delivery and installation timing. Ask the florist to contact EHHPG if they want to use our containers or urns (many accept drop-in containers). Occasionally florists may also prefer to arrange centerpieces on-site. We’ll setup work tables for them in the tent, but will need to know prior to the day-of in order to pull inventory and setup the tables.
**Don’t forget that an outdoor event can be windy – weighted containers will be less apt to topple so keep this in mind, especially for spring events when wind is more common. Floral temperature issues can be a concern April thru October for Central Texas outdoor events – allow your florist to guide you toward choices that will work best for your special day.