Now that you’ve learned just how much weather, location and sustainability can effect flower costs, let’s talk about what happens after the flowers leave the grower. Before your blooms reach you, they undergo a rigorous, detailed process that allows them to fully shine on the day of your wedding or event and last as long as possible afterwards.
When large deliveries arrive from the flower farmers (a wedding delivery can range anywhere from 500 stems to upwards of 3,000 stems depending on how lush you want your designs to be!), I first have to unpack everything and perform a quality check. Any stem that does not pass inspection gets replaced with a new stem of comparable or more expensive quality.
Next, all of the flowers undergo the hydration process: each stem is cut underwater and placed in a super-clean bucket with a hydration solution that will prevent bacteria along with a special sugar (food) that the flowers need to stay healthy and fresh before being placed in the cooler. This process translates into longevity and vibrance in your flowers and gives them the best chance at a long, hearty life.
The flowers are given 24 hours in the cooler to drink and “harden off.” I then pull them back out and separate them, making sure everything is accounted for. I hand-select every single bloom for your wedding. The best stems are worked into personal flowers (bouquet, boutonnières, crowns) and designs that are seen up close like centerpieces. After this long, intense process, the flowers go back into the cooler again.
I then begin creating pulling out the bunches one at a time to create your designs one by one, and, when a design is complete, they once again go back into the cooler in fresh, clean water. The final step is pulling them back out of the cooler for ribbons and finishing details before packing them all up for delivery.