How Long Does Baby’s Breath Last?: A Guide

How Long Does Baby's Breath Last

Last Updated on January 9, 2022 by Guillermina

Today, we’re going to be answering the question: how long does Baby’s Breath last? And taking a look at how you can use them in your wedding, and what the cost might be. Baby’s Breath is an increasingly popular flower choice for weddings, and it’s not difficult to see why. But how far in advance can you pick them up before your wedding? How long do they last in/out of water? Let’s take a closer look.

What Are Baby’s Breath Flowers?

These flowers are part of the Gypsophila family. You’ll find them in a variety of countries around the world. The reason they’re such a popular wedding flower is because of their price. They’re perfect if you’re working with a tight budget, whether you use them as a filler flower in a bouquet or as decoration.

Baby’s Breath comes in a range of colors, including:

  • Blue
  • Green
  • Burnt Orange
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Purple
  • Orange
  • White

Baby’s Breath symbolizes purity and everlasting love. What flower could be more perfect for a wedding? During the warmer months, you may even find white or pink flowers blooming on your Baby’s Breath.

How Long Does Baby’s Breath Last in Water?

Depending on the time of the year, these flowers can last anywhere from 5 to 14 days in water. They’re quite a hardy flower and are pretty tolerant in comparison to other flowers. However, in extreme heat or cold, they may need a little more care to keep them as pristine as possible.

How Long Does Baby’s Breath Last Without Water?

Surprisingly, a Baby’s Breath can last 2-3 days without water. However, they must be cared for in the correct way. Florists often refrigerate flowers to help them maintain their freshness. Wood Flowers recommends refrigerating Baby’s Breath in 90 to 94 degrees humidity. And you must let the blooms absorb water for around two to three hours. This way, your stems will be filled with water and last 2-3 days.

It’s important to note that you should not freeze a Baby’s Breath. These flowers are suitable for refrigeration only.

How Long Does Dried Baby’s Breath Last?

Some Brides (and Grooms) opt to use dried Baby’s Breaths in their flower arrangements and bouquets. The bonus of using dried Baby’s Breath is that after drying, it should last indefinitely. So you can dry them ahead of the wedding with plenty of time to spare, with as little stress as possible.

However, be wary that they are quite known for being particularly bad for those with allergies.

How to Dry Baby’s Breath Flowers

If you’re wondering how to dry them yourself, eHow has a great easy-to-follow guide. All you’ll need is:

  • The flowers
  • Rubber bands
  • Pruning shears

All you need to do is:

  1. Trim the stems at the soil level with the pruning shears. If you’re using ones from a florist, you can skip this first step.
  2. With a rubber band, bunch together around five stems and secure them as tightly as possible.
  3. Now hang the bundle upside down somewhere warm, but dark. Somewhere that has good ventilation is ideal, as this will help the drying process.
  4. After 5 days, you can check the flowers. They should feel papery and dry when you touch them. If they’re not feeling that way, pop them back upside down in the dark, warm space for another 2-3 days.
  5. Once dried, remove the rubber bands – your dried flowers are ready to use!

To help preserve them until the wedding day, you may want to spray them with a clear sealant. This will help them to keep their color and keep them in the best condition. In terms of storage, you’ll want them somewhere cool and dark – and in an airtight container. Only take them out of their container when you’re ready to use them. This way, they’ll be as pristine as possible.

How Much Are Baby’s Breath Flowers?

The answer to this question will vary massively, depending on how much you need and what you’re using it for. If you’re having one simple bouquet, it will be significantly less money than if you’re wanting several flower arrangements or table centerpieces.

A single stem of Baby’s Breath usually costs between $1-2. And a standard bunch will contain anywhere between 8-13 stems. Although the price will vary at different times of the year and whether you’re buying in bulk (bulk is always cheaper!)

How to Use Baby’s Breath Flowers in Your Wedding?

A bouquet (whether bride’s or bridesmaids) is the most conventional way to incorporate these budget-friendly flowers into your wedding. But there are plenty of other innovative ways to include them in your wedding. Here’s just a few:

  • Hair. A flower crown or a braid would be perfect.
  • Arch. Romantic, elegant, and a great place to have your ceremony under.
  • Seating Plan. Decorating the edges with flowers is subtle, yet stunning.
  • Centerpieces. Vases, mason jars, the possibilities are endless.
  • Lighting. It’s dramatic, striking and your guests won’t be able to take their eyes off the ceiling if they’re on lighting such as a chandelier.


I hope this article has helped you to become more familiar with all things Baby’s Breath. How long they last (with or without water) and the range of possibilities you have when incorporating them into your wedding. If you’re looking for an affordable solution for your wedding flowers, I would highly recommend Baby’s Breath. If you’re looking for an ethereal, romantic vibe at your wedding – look no further, as these will be perfect!

At my own wedding, I had artificial flowers – mainly because it was one less thing for me to worry about when it came to the big day. What flowers did you have at your own wedding? Did you have Baby’s Breath? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below how your experience was with them. How long did they last with/without water? All answers are welcome (and helpful!). You may be helping out future brides and grooms with their own wedding flowers.

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