One issue that the DIY bride often faces is getting her beautiful floral creations to her destination event. However, this sounds trickier than it actually is! Just like every other aspect of DIY wedding decor, the most important part is being prepared. When your flowers arrive, don’t throw your flower boxes away as they can become hugely helpful in transporting your arrangements through a few easy steps…
What you’ll need:
Your centerpieces will most likely already be in vases or containers of some sort, but be sure to have extra on hand for the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets. We suggest one small vase or sturdy plastic cup for each bouquet. If you’re wrapping the stems in ribbon or twine, you’ll want to make sure that you leave a couple of inches at the bottom exposed to allow for proper hydration leading up to the big event. Fill your extra vases with a small amount of water (just enough to keep them hydrated without ruining your bouquet wrapping) and place each bouquet in a vase. If you don’t want any exposed stems at the bottom for your ceremony, you may choose to trim off the remaining exposed stem with garden shears as your event nears.
Next, use the permanent marker to plan out where the vases will go to allow for appropriate spacing. Ideally, you don’t want your arrangements to touch as this can bruise outer petals. It’s also a good idea to leave a little extra space on the ends of the boxes for some added support.
Once you have the locations set, take the boxcutter and cut your “X” shapes. Start out by cutting them a bit smaller than you think you might need since you want them to be nice and snug, not rattling around. You can always cut them larger if need be! We’ve generally found that you can fit four to six vases in one box, but this of course depends on the size of your vases and arrangements.
You may also need some extra boxes depending on how many arrangements you need to transport, as shown by Jacqueline Schafer in her Flower Story! It’s best to have two people carry the box from each end, holding the bottom, to ensure your arrangements stay secure.
The other way to transport flowers in boxes is to just use the bottom part of a sturdy box, and simply place all your arrangements upright in the box. You can pack around the vases with towels, newspaper, a tablecloth, etc. to protect them from bumping into each other and keep them secure. This is especially handy if you’re using shallower vases that may not be able to reach all the way through the box lid. Additionally, it can help fit an extra arrangement or two into each box, since you can stagger the vases a bit diagonally from each other–though try not to have any top-heavy arrangements right near the edge of the box.
Whichever method you choose, we always recommend that someone sit near the flowers while being transported if possible, that way they can watch and make sure the vases and flowers are staying upright. Also, if you’re having a destination wedding, talk to your hotel! A lot of times they are willing to provide carts, buckets, etc. and may even be able to help with transportation if necessary. It never hurts to ask!
And as always, remember that we are here to help! If you have any questions about how to care for or transport your flowers, please call us at 1-877-507-6737 or use our Live Chat Help in the bottom right corner at FiftyFlowers.com.