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The bride might remain radiant and refreshed from dawn until dusk on her wedding day, but the same cannot always be said for her floral arrangements. Whether you're attempting to beat the heat on your wedding day or simply plan a lengthy celebration, your flowers must be properly prepared and tended to throughout the celebration if you wish for them to maintain their magnificence. But preventing flowers from wilting is easier said than done. Our etiquette experts weigh in on the best tips and tricks for keeping your blooms beautiful throughout your wedding day.
First, consider including heartier blooms and greenery in your arrangements to prolong their vibrancy. Succulents, lisianthus, zinnias, dahlias, chrysanthemums, and orchids are all relatively robust blossoms that won't easily perish over the course of your wedding day.
Next, brainstorm your strategy for tending to drooping blooms with your florist, site manager, and/or wedding planner. Make sure that your flowers are not delivered a significant amount of time before your ceremony will ensure the blossoms look their best when guests arrive. Any leaves that fall below the water level of the vase should be shorn prior to their placement in an arrangement, and the water itself should be chilled to mitigate the effects of heat. Some florists recommend creating a cocktail of water and bleach, sparkling and still water, or water and plant preservatives for each arrangement, but be sure to verify any concoction you create with your florist to substantiate its efficacy for your chosen flowers.
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After your arrangements and bouquets are created, verify that each contains an adequate amount of water and is not placed in direct sunlight. You also might want to appoint a location staff member as a wedding bouquet minder who can douse flowers with occasional spritzes of water and remove wilting blossoms should they occur. With proper care and attention throughout the celebration, your flowers will stay fresh until the last guest has departed.