Many brides opt for a flower in their ‘do instead of (or after) wearing a veil. While there are thousands of flowers out there that are perfect for a wedding, there are only a few that work well in wedding hair.
Some of the most popular choices include cymbidium orchids, phaleanopsis orchids, dendrobium orchids and gardenias. Of these choices, white phaleanopsis and gardenias are extremely fragile. They need to be handled with care, actually, with gloves if possible, as your fingers can cause bruising on the blooms. They also will have a tendency to wilt within 6 hours of having them put in your hair. This is true of most fresh flowers used as they are no longer in water, so unless the flowers are fake or dried, they are not going to last all day and night.
I have also used spray roses in clusters in hair before, but they have the same wilting issue. Full-size roses are often too heavy and pokey to work well in hair and things like peonies and hydrangea will wilt within an hour or two of putting them in the hair.
I also suggest having a professional hair stylist add the flowers to your wedding day hairdo, so it is important to get the hair flowers delivered while you are getting ready. They will most likely come bagged and can be kept in a fridge (not a freezer) until they are ready to use. If you are using orchids, they prefer less cold temperatures than most flowers, so they are better to keep in a drawer towards the bottom of the fridge and not for an extended amount of time. Flowers should never be kept at the top of the fridge where the air comes out–too much direct cold air can freeze the flowers. This is also true of corsages and boutonnieres. I can’t tell you how many high school boys used to come in to the flower shops I worked in having frozen their dates’ corsages. After a frozen flower defrosts, it turns to mush…not a good look for prom–or a wedding for that matter!
Of course, flowers in hair are not limited to the bride. Flower Girls also look adorable with floral wreaths or blooms in their hair! How cute are these little ladies?!