Lessons Learned | Delicate Hydrangeas

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I love hydrangeas. There is something wild, and yet contained about them that I think is beautiful. Not to mention that my favorite color is blue, and there are just not that many flowers that come in that color. I will tread with caution though, if I choose to use them at my wedding, and I advise you to do the same.


My sister Kelly used hydrangea centerpieces at her wedding, and we had them all arranged and set out the night before. When we returned to them the morning of the wedding, they were completely wilted. My sister was a great sport about it, and was just thrilled to be marrying her best friend that day, so nothing else really mattered. It was definitely disappointing though.


I was in my friend Kimi’s wedding in July, and we (the bridesmaids) carried hydrangea bouquets, which we arranged in the morning, and spritzed with water throughout the day (florist’s orders.) Despite the spritzing though, the bouquets were quite droopy by the time we got to the ceremony at 5 pm. Luckily you couldn’t tell from a distance, or in photos, that they were wilting. But by the time we got to the reception, they were pretty much out for the count.

Via Ruffled

I know that some people use hydrangeas in their weddings, and all goes swimmingly. They are certainly beautiful! I just want to give you all a little warning about the delicacy of that particular flower, and if you don’t have a florist on hand on the day of your wedding, you may want to choose a sturdier stem.

For those of you that are married, what flowers did you use at your wedding? Did you relish or regret your decision?

Sarah {A Paper Proposal} - October 11, 2011 - 8:28 pm

I actually never knew that about hydrangeas! Seems like they’re best left to the professionals! Great insight!

Stacy Sanchez - October 12, 2011 - 12:58 am

Hydrangeas are delicate, but you never know how they’ll do, and you’ll never know that about any of the flowers for that matter.

As a florist in Breckenridge, we express that some are hardier than others, but the Hydrangea is a gamble. The only way to handle this situation is to have either 1) more hydrangea on hand to replace the wilty ones as needed throughout the day, and / or have a backup flower of similar color that can be inserted.

A florist wouldn’t be able to hang out all day at most weddings anyway, but asking questions is a great way to learn what flowers last longer and aren’t so fragile.

Laura - October 12, 2011 - 1:05 am

I Love Hydrangeas!!! They are naturally shaped into the most gorgeous bouquet :)

Laurel G - October 12, 2011 - 1:26 am

love clean white ones!

Allie@HoneyBeeInvites - October 12, 2011 - 2:15 pm

I honestly had no idea that they were a more delicate flower! Def. good to remember!! Thanks for the insightful info!

bree [capitolromance] - October 12, 2011 - 2:42 pm

wow! i had no idea – I was pushing hydrangeas for my friend’s wedding (i, too, love the way they look)but maybe they aren’t all that practical!

bree [capitolromance] - October 12, 2011 - 2:44 pm

ps- as a married chick, i didn’t do flowers at all (it bums me out that they wilt/die) so we used Christmas ornaments and tulle for everything that usually is a flower!

The Perfect Palette - October 12, 2011 - 4:33 pm

Love hydrangeas :) They are so beautiful.

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