Bloom Spotlight: Hydrangea

DIY Wedding Flower Spotlight: Hydrangeas

The hydrangea is quite possibly one of my favorite blooms.  It can make any novice look like a true floral designer.  If you need a lot of bang for your buck, I always recommend adding hydrangeas. Although they will cost over double per stem of what another flower would cost, they quadruple the size!  I’d say that is a bargain.

Hydrangeas bring a classic touch to your wedding flowers.  Their lacy blooms add lots of texture.  When used as a focal point, they lend excellently to a classy, elegant style.  But the beauty of a hydrangea is its versatility and ability to fit in with many other styles.  You can achieve a rustic look, a whimsical charm, or a romantic vibe all depending on the flowers you pair with it.

The visual impact a hydrangea brings is so helpful when creating larger arrangements and bouquets. Sometimes it’s intimidating to know where to start on a large centerpiece, but a few evenly spaced hydrangeas quickly fill up the empty space.  And then all you need to do is add a couple accent flowers.  Check out some inspiration below!

Follow DIY Blooms’s board Hydrangea on Pinterest.

Hydrangeas are so versatile because they come in almost every color.  And if they don’t come in your color, they can be painted in it.  It is common for white hydrangeas to be ‘sprayed’ for a brighter pop of color.

A word of caution: while I wholeheartedly endorse this flower as great for DIYer’s, it is not the hardiest of the bunch.  Hydrangeas need lots of water and have a tendency to wilt. I would definitely not use it for boutonnieres or corsages. But, if you keep this in mind and take care to store your bouquets in water before and after pictures, you should have no trouble at all.

Size-wise you have several different options.  Pay attention to the description when you buy because they range from 4 inches wide to up to 9 inches!  I like to get somewhere in the middle for maximum versatility.  But why not get multiple sizes?  Smaller ones for more freedom in your bouquet and jumbo ones for instant centerpieces.

Hydrangeas are a great option for your DIY wedding flowers, click through to read more about them!


Wholesale Roundup

Here are lots of great options if you’re interested in ordering hydrangeas.  I’ve only ever worked with white and blue ones, but I’m just itching to try out all these fun colors and shapes.



Antique Blue

Light Blue

Deep Blue

Shocking Blue


Purple Berry


Hot Pink

Pastel Pink




Baby Green

Antique Red

Flower Care Guide

If you order from one of the wholesalers above, you will always receive flower care instructions.  Make sure to follow those carefully as they may vary from type to type.

Pre-Arrival Prep

Before you receive your hydrangeas make sure to have a clean/sanitized container to store your flowers in.  Because the stems firm up and take shape as they hydrate, I recommend a container that is at least 2/3 as tall as the stems so they don’t flop over and become lopsided.

Add water to the container – four to six inches is enough – and mix in the prescribed amount of floral food.  As soon as the blooms arrive you should start unpacking them.

Flowers go through a special dehydration process to allow them to survive shipping and handling, so when you first receive them they will look sad and wilted.  Have no fear, they will be beautiful and perky in a few hours.

Flower Preparation

As you unpack the hydrangeas, remove all the leaves below the waterline.  You don’t want any leaves in the water as they cause bacteria and shorten the flowers’ lives.

Cut over an inch off the bottom of the stem diagonally with a knife or florists clippers (never use scissors, they smoosh the stem and inhibit the flower from drinking water). And place immediately in the water.

Some people even cut the stems off under running water or in a separate container with water to help the hydrangea drink and not get air bubbles in its stem.

Allow the hydrangeas at least two hours to hydrate at room temperature.  I recommend storing them in a cool, dark, and dry place – like a basement – after the first two hours.

Flower Maintenance

If you find that a hydrangea starts to wilt or get droopy, cut off the bottom of the stem and re-insert in water.  You can also dunk the entire head into water (hydrangeas are uniquely able to drink through their petals).

Make sure to store any arrangements in water as much as possible up to the time of the wedding.  Also, to keep the flowers perky, occasional misting will help them stay hydrated.

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