The most florist will send you your wedding bouquet one day before the wedding to make sure that it is in its best condition for the next day. The best place to get your wild wedding flowers would be Briar Rose Design, by the way, because their florist is amazingly creative and always create wonderful bouquets for their clients.
Anyway, back to how to preserve them. Arriving one day before means that the beauty of this flowers lies in how you will care for them for the next 24 hours. They need to remain fresh and bloom in time.
Place them in a vase
Put them in a vase with water and all the stems have to be submerged in it. Spritz water regularly to keep them fresh and vibrant. You will want to add some floral preservatives into the water, but please care enough to ask your florist which one works for your flowers. They can be made from household items. All the water used must be warm (around 100-100 degrees Fahrenheit) and if possible, distilled.
Lemon and sugar. Mix two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of sugar in a quart of warm water. Add a half teaspoon of chlorine bleach.
Vinegar and sugar. Mix two tablespoons of white vinegar with two tablespoons of sugar in a quart of warm water. Add a half teaspoon of chlorine bleach.
Carbonated water. Pour two cups of carbonated water (Sprite) with a half teaspoon of chlorine bleach into 2 cups of water.
Sugar and carbonated water are food for the flowers. Having them will the flowers alive and hydrating them will prevent any wilting as well as keeping the appearance fresh. Chlorine bleach will kill fungi and bacteria, preventing unwanted parasites of your wedding flowers.
If mixing your own preservatives are too much of a hassle or if you ran out of the materials, you can purchase floral preservatives from florists or online.
Rid of unnecessary leaves
Although your florist has probably cut unnecessary leaves, when you notice any leaf falling off the flowers into the water, they have to be removed soon. Keep the water clean. Dead leaves invite microbes into the water and may cause other stems to die off quicker.
Don’t put them under the sun
Keep them in a cool room and keep them away from sun exposure. Maintain the flowers hydrated. Use sprayers or spritzers to keep flowers fresh.
In case of closed flowers, the warm temperature can encourage flowers to bloom faster. Using warm water will also help. But at the same time, they have to be kept hydrated. After the flower opens up, move them to a cooler place (or the refrigerator if you wish) to maintain its shape and freshness.
Different flowers, different needs
Some flowers, like roses, need to have their thorns removed. Other flowers with sap need to have their tips flashed or burned to let water flows inside. Knowing the specific needs of your wild wedding flowers is important to make sure that it’s in its best condition for your wedding.
They may even last way longer after that if you know just how to care for them!