How to Prepare Flowers for an Outdoor Wedding or Event

by | Jun 26, 2023 | Floral Design, Tips

Bride in v neck lace wedding dress laughs while holding groom with blue suit under Purple, coral and white blooms with greenery pulled together in a beautiful wedding ceremony floral design created by durham florist poppy belle floral design

Outdoor weddings have become increasingly popular over the years, and for good reason. They’re magically beautiful, and nature provides a sublime feeling that adds a special touch to any celebration, especially weddings.

Imagine saying “I do” on top of a mountain, with the whole sky as your background. Or by the beach with the therapeutic sound of waves nearby. Perhaps you’d prefer a leafy green forest with a gentle breeze moving your veil as you look into your loved one’s eyes at the altar. It’s truly a magical experience.

Arbor of greenery and florals designed by duhram florist and durham floral designer Poppy Belle Floral Design taken by Rachel Abi Photography

Outdoor weddings require some extra care, especially when it comes to flowers. At Poppy Belle, the premiere Durham wedding florist, we’ve had plenty of experience with outdoor celebrations. So we know how important it is to keep flowers hydrated and looking fresh, especially on hot summer days in North Carolina! We’ll prepare your wedding flowers in the studio to last as long as possible, but there a few things that can be done after they’re in your hands.

Here are some tips for keeping your blooms happy on a hot wedding day:

  • Store all blooms in a cool dark place until they need to be used
  • Keep hand-tied bouquets in water before and after both pictures and the ceremony
  • Spritz them with water regularly (we know this one might not be feasible, but maybe you have someone willing to help!)

Remember that all flowers are different and some can tolerate heat better than others. Blue thistle, for example, can live longer out of water than larkspur or ranunculus, which are more sensitive to heat. You can request longer lasting blooms when talking with your florist. BUT, even if they’re naturally more resistant to heat, they still need some TLC to look as good as possible. We like for you to have the option to take them home at the end of the night to keep enjoying them for a little while!

Outdoor weddings and celebrations are a great option for an unforgettable experience for both you and your guests, and with the help of the right techniques, you’ll feel great about showing off the flowers in your pics for years to come.