If you’re planning to do your own wedding flowers, we can supply you with beautiful Vermont-grown farm-fresh buckets of flowers, from our fields. We grow seasonal varieties from mid-May to mid-October. We are not set up to ship, but can deliver locally, or you can pick up at the farm. We grow using sustainable growing practices when caring for our soil and flowers. You can view our availability by the month on our Pinterest Page: http://pinterest.com/paintedtulip/
DIY floral arrangement is ton of work. Honestly, it may seem like a good idea and money saver but it takes time & space. As a professional of 10 years it takes me 3-5 hours to design an average size wedding. I cut flowers and strip leaves from thousands of stems a year as well as make hundreds of floral arrangements. Even with this experience under my belt, I always have anxiety about a client’s happiness receiving my arrangements. This may not be an adventure you want to take on during an emotional time like a wedding.
If you do decide to take it on:
Make sure you have a clean workspace with a few tables, a cool place to store flowers (under 60 degrees is fine).
Try to have as much help as possible to make it go quicker and be more enjoyable.
Make sure all your containers are very clean. Bacteria is the largest killer of flowers
You can design your flower arrangements 1 -2 days before the wedding, just keep them all in water…and cool under 60 degrees. Boutonnieres I suggest doing the night before or morning of. Practice one beforehand as they are a little trickier. If you can keep these in a refrigerator it will help them from wilting.
Strip off the leaves that will be underwater. Take off any decaying leaves or flowers, because the freshness of flowers is influenced by the gases and bacteria found on wilted or rotting plant material.
Don’t set your flowers near ripe fruit, because the chemicals emitted from the fruit (such as ethylene) will ‘ripen’ your flowers. If you can, keep your flowers in a cool location and out of sun.
Trim the bottom ends of your flowers with a clean, sharp blade before arranging them in the vase containing the floral preservative. Cut the stems at an angle to increase the surface area for water to enter the stem, and to prevent the ends from resting flat on the bottom of the container.
Ask your flower provider for some floral preservative to put in the vases. The price you pay for this will be worth it.