5 Tips to Keep Your Wedding Bouquet in Tip Top Shape
It's all about the stem wrap
By Natalie Tsang
October 31, 2011
A bouquet is usually kept in a fridge until shortly before it needs to be used. Two common ways that bouquets are transported are either in water or in boxes with damp newspaper. If you've been keeping in touch with bridal blogs and magazines, you know that a close up of the bouquet is a must-have!
Your florist will usually secure the flowers with a stem wrap before she sends them off to you. So how do you prevent a wet, dirty, or ugly stem wrap?
Here are Simply Bridal's 5 tips for success.
1. Ask your florist to leave the last inch or two of your bouquet exposed so the flowers can sit in water without getting the wrap wet.
2. Add a chiffon wrap or fabric slip over the stem wrap. It's pretty and there's less worry about getting anything or stained. It can be embroidered and decorated in a hundred adorable ways.
3. Remove the flowers from water at least thirty minutes before the wedding. You don't want water dripping on your dress, but you don't want the flowers out so long that they begin to wilt.
4. Use a cheaper ribbon stem wrap and rewrap it in a satin ribbon shortly before the ceremony.
5. Wrap a cloth over the stem wrap and secure with short, decorative pins. The pins have the added benefit of improving you grip, but be sure to use short pins or you run the risk of pricking yourself.