Hydrangeas?
I really want hydrangeas for my bouquet, but they say they die quickly. Can anyone tell me their experiences with hydrangeas or how to make them last longer? Any pics of your wedding bouquets w/hydrangeas would be appreciated to give me ideas. Thanks!

ginalynn
Married: 04/10/2010
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Posted On: Dec 6, 2009 at 9:47 PM • Vendors are allowed • Add to My WatchlistFlag As Inappropriate1 like

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Dec 06, 2009 at 9:58 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hydrangeas are available year round and with the proper care- provided by your florist- you should not experience any trouble. We use them every week and never have any problems. There are a few tricks to the trade to make them last but most of all they just love water and properly hydrating them before they are used is the key.
Goodluck!

ginalynn
Married: 04/10/2010
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Dec 06, 2009 at 10:03 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Thank you, when I spoke to the florist they told me that I should not use them, and tried to turn me away from them...she also told me they were very expensive and when we said we wanted to use them for centerpieces too, she said they were cheap.

FlowersFlowers

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Dec 06, 2009 at 10:04 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
if you're working with a professional florist, she will be sure the hydrangea blooms are well hydrated. and, since your wedding is in april, you won't have to worry about the heat - that's a plus for you. try to limit the time your bouquet is out of water prior to the ceremony, and you'll be in good shape! if there are time lapses, you can place the bouquets in water during that time. you should have no worries about hydrangea in the centerpieces. nice choice....hydrangea are beautiful. :)

ginalynn
Married: 04/10/2010
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Dec 06, 2009 at 10:10 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Thank you I love hydrangeas...I tried to go with something else but I just couldn't..after the florist said that they were probably not the best choice, I tried to look at other flowers, but none were the same! So I decided to go with them, regardless.

FlowersFlowers

FlowersFlowers
Dec 06, 2009 at 10:11 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
hydrangea blooms are expensive per stem, but also a larger bloom, so there's a balance between cost per stem and size to consider. we use them all year round, and the availability varies in color and source (holland, south america, new zealand), depending upon the time of year.

ginalynn
Married: 04/10/2010
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Dec 06, 2009 at 10:17 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
do you think that one bloom per table (a small centerpiece) will be enough? I am going to have some candles around them, but I cant tell how big one is

Married: 03/20/2010
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Dec 06, 2009 at 11:11 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
glad someone brought this up ;) i want to do hydrangeas too, for the bouquets, and roses for corsages/bouts, with maybe a few hydrangea pieces mixed in....and i had a florist do the same thing...when i said i just wanted the bouquets, the 2 women said it would be horribley expensive, but then at the same time, when i mentioned floral aisle markers, and that i'd considered doing hyrdangeas for everything(my centerpieces aren't floral at all), they then changed their direction and said it'd be easy and inexpensive...it's like, if you don't want to spend alot, they don't want to mess with it...they kept trying to steer me towards carnations and roses, which don't fit what i want, which is just simple and springey....lol

ginalynn
Married: 04/10/2010
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Dec 07, 2009 at 12:28 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
See, thats what I was thinking too. I did hear they were not the cheapest, and that they did not always hold up very long, but she said they were really expensive then she mentioned roses, which are really expensive too, and i said maybe small centerpieces, and she goes oh well hydrangeas are pretty cheap to do. I was like HUH??? And to them it may not be a lot, but to me over 500 dollars for flowers is pretty expensive! I also think they don't want to use hydrangeas as much because there is a chance they may wilt, but I know that and am willing to take that chance, therefore it is not their fault if it wilts.
Dec 07, 2009 at 9:30 AM • 
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ginalynn
Married: 04/10/2010
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Dec 07, 2009 at 9:38 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
How does that work shipping them? Because 20 stems seems like more than enough for what I need.
Dec 07, 2009 at 9:45 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
If you're terribly worried about wilting, use silk hydrangeas in the bouquets and fresh in the centerpieces. The silk hydrangeas come in every color under the rainbow and can look very real. It just depends on the skill of your florist. They can also be mixed with real flowers. I've seen this done quite often, especially in the hot summer when you don't want to have to carry a drippy bouquet that just got pulled out of the water before you walk down the aisle! They can be difficult to work with for inexperienced florists, so maybe that's why you're being directed to roses and carnations.
Dec 07, 2009 at 2:00 PM • 
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Dec 18, 2009 at 1:33 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Really??? I'm a florist and I LOVE Hydrangeas!!! I use them for almost all my floral work...great for centerpieces and bouquets- but then again I try to get my flowers as fresh as possible and do all of my work either the day before or max 2 days before.

I know some florists like to work on all their arrangements a week before the event and keep them chilled- so yes, this way I can see them wilt. But honestly, they're actually pretty strong flowers. If you keep them in water, with their food, and in a cold temperature...they should last at least 3-4 days.

To help save time and money, I've also used silk hydrangeas for pew bows. I can get them with anticipation and they're beautiful too!

Thanks!
margie
www.AwesomeLinens.webs.com

Married: 10/31/2010
Dec 23, 2009 at 4:52 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hydrangeas are beautiful flowers but they do need the proper care. If you are going with a florist she can help you with that but if you are thinking of getting them online or just arranging them yourself make sure you cut the stems about 1 inch diagonally under running water and then place them in a container with warm water for about 10 seconds to help them hydrate better. Then just let them hydrate in containers with fresh water. That's what I could find online. Hope it helps!

Married: 05/22/2010
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Dec 23, 2009 at 5:53 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I'm using hydrangeas in my bouqet, all BM bouqets, corsages, and boutineres (can u tell i love the flowers) my florist says all she has to do is prive a water source and we'll be fine. She'll be there to handle the flowers until we're ready to get started and will insure everything goes smoothly. I say if you want it, go for it. If your florist is giving you conflicting info, run quickly and find someone else!

replica
Married: 05/23/2010
Aug 02, 2010 at 11:12 PM • 
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