How to make your floral arrangements last longer

We hate waste. Especially when it's flowers! So whether you have just received a lovely bouquet of fresh blooms or just put one together yourself, follow our tips to help make each bouquet last!

  • Water. It seems obvious but larger arrangements and certain types of flowers will go through more water than others. So always make sure your vase has enough water.
  • Speaking of water, you want it to be clear of any debris. The part of the stem that will be submerged in water needs to have the leaves removed. Anything underwater creates bacteria and clogs the stem. 
  • Those food packets that come with grocery store bouquets really work. Mix it in! You need one packet per pint of water. If you don't happen to have any of those on hand you can add a splash of hydrogen peroxide to keep bacteria from forming. 
  • Keep your flowers in a cool or dark spot. Warm sunshine will quickly shorten the lifespan of your cut flowers. 
  • Keep your arrangement away from your fresh fruit. When fruit ripens it emits an odorless gas, ethylene. This gas will cause your flowers to age much more quickly just as the sun does to your face!
  • Similar to the reason above, if you notice some of your flowers are going bad, remove them from your arrangement. Aging flowers in an arrangement will cause other flowers to go bad from the increased ethylene. 
  • If you're trimming flowers for you own bouquet be sure to use sharp scissors so you don't damage or mash the stem.
  • If you store your arrangement in the fridge at night when you go to bad it will last a lot longer!

Myths:

  • Add pennies, aspirin or sugar to keep your flowers fresh.

This doesn't work. However, you can add sugar but will need to mix with Clorox to counterbalance the bacteria growth from the sugar. Flowers don't need the food as much as they need the anti-bacteria.

  • You need to retrim the stems.

Nope. If you're adding chemicals to manage the bacteria you do not need to retrim the stems.

  • Cut the stem at an angle.

The same amount of capillaries are exposed with a flat cut as an angled cut.

  • Woody stems need to be mashed or beaten.

Does hammering your feet make you run faster? No. Mashing or beating woody stems does not help increase water flow but only creates more bacteria in the water.  

 

 

 

Janine and Rich's September 16th Wedding

Janine and Rich live in New York but planned their wedding to be in Kansas City. Glamour was important- look at Janine! So with sophistication in mind, we created large domed arrangements in shades of pink combined with pops of white on top of clear glass vases. Smaller arrangements were designed in bronze compotes with the same blend of flowers that sat lower on the tables. The bridal party and cake also had pink flowers leaving the all white for the bride, her groom, and groomsmen. See their teaser film by Cork Creative here!

Meagan and Ben's May 26th Wedding

There really wasn't a spring season this year in Kansas City. Instead we went from the frigid cold to hot and humid almost over night! Lucky for Meagan and Ben, the unpredictable spring weather decided to lay low and instead their late spring wedding felt more like summer with clear skies and lush green for as far as the eye could see. Vintage lanterns lined the aisle down to a tree where we hung three large orbs that worked as a backdrop for when Meagan and Ben said their vows. We designed Meagan's bouquets in vibrant hues of sturdy florals that would withstand the heat but added loose and airy greenery to give off an organic wildflower look. 

Ceremony & Reception
Lone Summit Ranch

Photographer
Photos By Neyan

Lindsay and Billy's March 2nd Wedding

Every once in a while you see sneak peek photos from a wedding on social media that really gets you excited to see more. Lindsay and Billy's wedding was one of those! Their ceremony and reception took place at the Hilton President in downtown Kansas City. Everything about their day exuded elegance. The venue is illuminated with large crystal chandeliers and gold details so sophistication was key when designing the floral arrangements. We kept everything clean with greenery, white flowers and only the softest hints of pale pink roses. 

Tiffany and Zach's October 21st Wedding

When thinking of Disney movies fairy tale romances often come to mind. So when Tiffany shared with us that Beauty and the Beast was her wedding inspiration we knew this was going to be a unique wedding and looked forward to the opportunity to customize this theme. The setting was important and Longview Mansion is the picture perfect venue for the old French castle tucked away from the city. It provides a grand fountain out front and stunning grounds. Also important to the theme is the magical red rose. We made sure to include red roses throughout all the floral arrangements excluding Tiffany's bouquet. Tiffany's dream bouquet was in the shape of a heart. We designed it using white flowers and the palest shades of pink and green. Every detail, from the blue sequin bridesmaid dresses to the twinkling lights and chandeliers pulled together creating "a tale as old as time".

Ceremony & Reception
Longview Mansion

Photographer
Freeland Photography

Lindsay and Mike's October 28th Wedding

The neutral colored florals for Lindsay and Mike's wedding were anything but boring! They really looked stunning against the deep blue and red bridesmaid dresses as well as the blue and gold accents at the Carriage Club. We added strands of crystals to the reception centerpieces to elevate the look. The feel was elegant and timeless. 

Carrie & Ryan's October 14th Wedding

Carrie and Ryan had traditional country club wedding. Carrie's bouquet was a mix of light pinks, peach, creams, white and dashes of soft purples. Instead of any heavy or dark greenery we used eucalyptus and dusty miller to keep her bouquet soft and romantic. To continue that soft and romantic vibe the greenery stayed the same in all other flower arrangements and bouquets. The floral shades, however, were brightened up a bit with mini green and blue hydrangea, cranberry stock, and free spirit roses.

Ceremony
St. Peters

Reception
Kansas City Country Club

Photographer
Jesssica Roark with EpagaFoto

Wedding Coordination
Holly Davidson with Simple Elegance

 

Diane and Scott's November 4th Wedding

With the rural outdoor space, exposed wood beams and rafters, and stone fireplace with a log mantle, the Buffalo Lodge can easily lend itself to a rustic look. Diane, however, wanted to steer clear of any burlap and mason jars. So instead, we kept everything clean and sophisticated. The florals and décor had a more romantic woodsy vibe instead of anything rustic. 

Ceremony & Reception
Buffalo Lodge

Photographer
Kindling

Dress
Altar

Wedding Coordination
Quintessential Events

Caterer
Plaza Catering

Cake & Sweets
Chef Nancy Stark

Hair & Makeup
HF Studio

Stationary
Diane Roussin-Long

DJ
Bryan Holton

Transportation
Agenda USA

Holiday Inspired Wedding Ideas

Winter is known for the holidays, comfort food, soft sweaters, warm fires, hot chocolate and depending on your locale, snow. With all of these wonderful things we enjoy so much this time of the year we don't typically think of weddings. But why not?! The use of evergreens as either a statement or a subtle accent in your arrangements is festive and gives off the aroma of a fresh woodland forest. Guests will enjoy the ambiance created with an assortment of lighting, strung Christmas lights, decorated chandeliers, candles, and a cozy fireplace. We really like the use of a lot of greens with hints of red, white and metallic gold and silver. Without being too kitschy, we have put together a collection of holiday inspired ideas that just might make you consider a winter wedding. 

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Thanksgiving

Halloween is over but the mass amount of candy we have is still here and will be for a while by the looks of it. So while we over indulge in chocolate, creepy crawly gummies and whatever else you have in your pumpkin bucket it only seems appropriate to start planning the next time we start filling ourselves to the brim, right?! But really, Thanksgiving will be here before we know it and instead of waiting last minute, start planning now so when family and friends start filling your home you will actually have time to take a breath, fix a drink and enjoy your loved ones.

If you haven't already hung a wreath for fall now is the time!  It's something so simple and easy to do that gives a great first impression to those entering your home. If you want a little extra on your front step pumpkins are a must. We love the idea of mixed varieties in different shades, shapes and textures. The funkier the pumpkin the better! Potted mums, bittersweet and cornstalks add to the fall feel. Mix in some outdoor hurricanes or lanterns with battery operated candles to really elevate the look. 

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Once you have your front door welcoming fall, bring it on inside! A candle can really help set the mood and create an autumn atmosphere and sometimes all you need is a good aroma. Whether it's cinnamon, pumpkin or a spicy citrus, find one that you can imagine yourself winding down to after dinner each night. At the end of the day when everything is less chaotic the flicker of candle can be calming. Flannel blankets also add to the cozy feeling you want in your home once the chillier weather starts to set in. While we love the traditional "fall colors"- red, orange and gold, there are a lot of neutral choices too. White pumpkins are easy to decorate with. Whether your taste is simple or more extravagant there are many ways to bring a little bit of the fall season into your home.

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Meal prepping is a great way to avoid a stressful holiday. For make-ahead ideas click here.

Finally, it isn't thanksgiving without an amazing meal. Grandma's secret recipes are always great and you don't want those leftovers to go to waste. Here are some yummy ways to recreate your leftover dishes:

Mashed potato, cheddar and chive waffles to creamed turkey over biscuits, hardy and delicious!

Turkey on pizza, turkey on flatbread, turkey crepes, turkey enchiladas. We hope you have left over turkey!

BBQ turkey pizza sounds pretty good to us!

 

Chris and Aurora's August 18th Wedding

The morning of Aurora and Chris' wedding was cloudy with a big chance of rain. To say that we were concerned for their outdoor ceremony is an understatement. Thankfully by the afternoon the sun broke through the clouds allowing for the perfect outdoor ceremony. Californos is tucked away in the popular Westport area of Kansas City. We love it not only because of it beautiful aesthetic, but they provide the perfect indoor and outdoor spaces. Chris and Aurora took advantage of both. Black Coffee Photo captured their day perfectly. From the sunshine spilling in through the trees to the emotions Black Coffee was able to catch through film, we couldn't stop looking at all the moments captured on this day!

Ceremony & Reception
Californos

Photographer
Black Coffee Photo Co.

Rachel and Brad's September 3rd Wedding

WOW! These images from Rachel and Brad's wedding day are absolutely gorgeous. We have to thank Jason Domingues Photography for doing such a wonderful job. You can see more photos from this wedding on their blog here. He did such a great job capturing all the emotions and feels from their day.

Rachel had very specific thoughts for her wedding. She loved all the layers of neutrals available in the floral world. But the foliages were most important above all...eucalyptus was king! Birch poles supported the smilax vines that bloom with fully opened garden roses and hanging stock "wisteria". It smelled divine! After the ceremony we took the chuppah apart and moved the four base poles with the foliage and flowers behind the band. It created a great backdrop and hid the wide doorframe that the head table faced.

Ceremony & Reception
Intercontinental KC

Photographer
Jason Domingues Photography

Cake
Nancy Stark at Chef Stop

Wedding Coordination
Simple Elegance

Hair & Makeup
Posh KC

Band
Lost Wax

Videography
Simple Elegance

Non-Traditional Pumpkins

September has just started but we can already smell the pumpkin spice from here. Fall décor is taking over Target and every other home décor and craft store, which got us thinking this year instead of the basic pumpkin, orange, red and gold color theme why not get a little funky?! So before you're knee deep in pumpkins, here are some ideas to help you step outside the box this fall season. 

*If you want to "diy" your pumpkin we suggest buying the plastic version, they are easier to work with. Plastic pumpkins wont rot and you can store them and reuse them next year. They come in traditional orange, white and sometimes other colors.  

Andrea and Will's May 14th Wedding

It is always exciting when we get to help create floral designs that involve celebrating any of our designers. That also goes for their family too! So when Nancy's second son Will began the wedding planning process with Andrea were so excited to help! 

You can view their wedding video by Cork Creative here.