Avoid shrivelled arrangements or wilting bouquets with these tips...
#1 First of all: be savvy with your choices
Talk to your florist about the options that would work best for the seasonal requirements of your day - also, be logical about what you want, too. A simple hand-tied bouquet will be a lot more practical than a stunning trailing bouquet that will start to wither within hours; a flower crown, whilst utterly gorgeous in theory, will require a lot of maintenance in order to keep it fresh. Which is where idea #2 comes in!
Photography: Blue Sky Photography
#2 Invest in cheap spray bottles
These can be picked up from Boots or Superdrug and make keeping arrangements fresh easy-peasy.
#3 Avoid putting on any floral accessories - such as crowns, necklaces or garlands - until the very last minute
This will mean they can be kept chilled and hydrated for as long as possible.
Photography: Binky Nixon Photography
#4 Have somewhere to put your bouquet and your bridesmaids' arrangements during the wedding breakfast and the reception
Think pretty vases, somewhere out of harm's way, where the bouquets can have a much-needed drink of water. It will also spare the flowers being dumped on reception tables or damaged on the dancefloor.
#5 Be savvy with your tablecentres
Work with your florist to create clever arrangements that will allow your flowers to bloom! We're talking vases with (not-too-cold) water, pots that contain spritzed plants, mason jars holding single stems...
Photography: Sam and Louise