Can you really put a wedding bouquet in the post? Will it survive? Will it be okay? These are the initial thoughts of most people when they first hear about the idea of posting their wedding bouquet. But I promise you, it's fine! So stop looking for a local bouquet preservation specialist (there probably isn't one - we are a rare breed!) and keep reading to find out more.
Every week I receive usually between 4 and 10 wedding bouquets in the post. My postmen know me, the sorting office know me, and very rarely do I encounter any problems.
As long as you follow my simple step-by-step picture instructions here, your bouquet will be just fine. In fact, if you want one less stress in the run up to the big day I can even send you all the P&P equipment you need to make the whole job quick and effortless.
Here are the main things to remember:
1. Cut your stems before you put them in the box. Did you know that flower stems seal themselves up when out of water? So if you chop the very bottom off then they will be able to drink much better in transit and reach me in much better condition. You only need to chop a centimetre.
2. Put wet kitchen paper at the bottom of the stems. People often just wrap the paper around the sides but make sure the paper touches the cut ends. Otherwise, it's like you trying to drink through your ears! Also, do not try and put one of those florist-style cellophane wraps full of water in the box. If it tips, your box will disintegrate!
3. This is an important one... please use:
SPECIAL DELIVERY NEXT DAY BEFORE 1PM SERVICE.
There are a few different postal options you have and the post office staff may try to convince you to switch to one of them (Parcel Force: NO!! Before 9am Service: NO!! A normal courier: NO!!!) I won't bore you with the reasons why I hate these other options, just trust me - and it will actually be the cheapest option for you. Usually it costs £11.
4. Just make sure your box isn't taller than 60cms or they won't let you use Special Delivery.
5. Don't forget to write your name on a note inside the box so I know who it's from!
So, that's really it. Most people take their bouquet to the post office a day or two after their wedding. If you're jetting off on honeymoon, it's a great job for a bridesmaid or mum. They can call me if they have any problems on the day.
If you want to purchase one of my P&P Packs for just £10 then let me know as soon as possible so I can get it sent out to you in good time before the wedding. If you still have any other worries about preserving your bouquet, then why not have a read of my FAQs or my testimonials. And don't forget to book at least 2 months in advance!! Even earlier in the summer!!!
Happy wedding planning!