When should I place my order??
We recommend ordering your flowers 3-4 months before your big day. The latest you can place your order is 2 weeks prior to your desired delivery/pickup day. You'll want to have your flowers picked up or delivered 3 days before your event. For a Saturday wedding, we'll schedule a Wednesday delivery. If your wedding is on a Wednesday, you're just plain weird... but we still love you.
Let's do this!
First of all, back up. You need to be well prepared and
ready when you receive your flowers. Being well prepared looks like this:
Nice, classy box of wine.
Gardening snips, several pairs.
Scissors, ribbons, pins.
Vases for bouquets & centerpieces, with water.
Clean buckets with water; average 1 bucket for every $100 spent. I like shorter buckets or trash cans from the Dollar Store.
Empty trash cans.
Gather up these items the week before your wedding so when the Fedex man shows up you’re not mowing him down, making a mad-dash into town in your UGG slippers to buy the items your Flower Moxie Fairy told you to buy the week before (it’s my story, I can be a fairy if I want). But this is a crazy scenario that will never happen because Moxie clients are clever gals who are perfect in every way and will be well prepped and ready to go!
Ok, so, Fedex man shows up, and you drag in your big-ass box of flowers, you cut open the box, throw off the lid and low and behold you’re disappointed. WHAAA Yup. I said it. Your flowers will be wrapped tight, the buds will be closed, and looking a little sleepy.
BUT DON’T FRET, THAT’S TOTALLY NORMAL.
Flowers are shipped fresh….like too fresh. They need time, hydration, and room temperature to open. Think about bananas. (Now the songs stuck in my head. Thanks a lot, Gwen.) You buy bananas a bit green so they can ripen and last a week, right? If you bought them already ripe and at their peak, by the time you jumble them around and get them home they would already look bruised and mushy. Am I right?
Same goes for flowers…they are shipped fresh and closed so they will open and bloom at your house….and that’s why you get them 2-3 days before your wedding. Boom.
So now what??
You've got your flowers, here's what you'll do:
Take a deep breath. This isn't rocket science or American Ninja Warrior. YOU GOT THIS.
Count the bunches as you are pulling them out of the box.
Group your flowers together. Don't get all willy nilly mixing different flowers in buckets - be organized!
Give everything a fresh cut, at an angle, with your snips and put them in fresh, clean water. Make sure everything has elbow room - no crowding!
For roses, leave the cardboard on for at least 2 hours while they are hydrating. After that, remove cardboard and place roses in a sunny spot so they will open to full capacity. I've even been known to put them outside for a few hours to get those babies to open.
Write out what you need to make, how many, and what flowers go where. Start with arranging your flowers and work your way up.
Start arranging your flowers that evening or the following morning. Your flowers will need time to perk up and open.
** IMPORTANT ** Not every bud will be perfect. I follow the 5% rule, meaning that out of 100 rose stems, 5 stems may break while unpacking, look a little too mushed, etc. Don't let this stress you out! It's totally normal and to be expected when dealing with fresh/live product.