Preserving your Wedding Bouquet

December 3rd, 20104:49 pm

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Preserving your Wedding Bouquet

Most of us don’t know how to properly store our flowers or our wedding bouquets after our special day, which means a whole lot of special wedding bouquets loaded with treasured memories are going to waste in a compost or the garbage dump.  You can preserve your beautiful wedding bouquet for decades, as long as you preserve the flowers correctly.  Below are some tips on how you can make sure your wedding bouquet lasts so that you can look at it and relive your wedding memories for years to come.

TIP:  Right from the get go, be warned that preserving a bridal bouquet will take some time and effort on your part.  If you don’t have a whole lot of time, then plan to have a florist help preserve your bouquet well in advance.  Depending on the flower, you have 1 to 4 days after the day of the wedding to take the right steps to ensure that your bouquet doesn’t spoil, so you want to be sure that you make arrangements with your florist prior to that time.

Freeze-Dried Bouquets

Freeze-drying your bouquet is the best option, simply because your bouquet will end up looking almost as if it was just as fresh as on the day of your wedding.  In this process, each element of the bouquet is taken apart and freeze dried.  They are then put back together by the florist (or yourself, if you choose) so your bouquet looks just as it did on your wedding day.  Expect this process to take up to 4 weeks.

Pressed Bouquet

The pressed bouquet is a bouquet that will end up behind a picture frame.  For this process to work the bouquet is taken apart and the flowers are pressed.  Once pressed, the flowers are again rearranged to how they were on your wedding day and they are then placed in a frame.  The drawback is that your bouquet will, of course, be flattened and will not be the same as the bouquet you held in your hands at your wedding, but it will still be well preserved.  Expect this method to take any where from 8 to 10 weeks.

TIP:  For any professional method of preserving your bouquet, don’t be too surprised if you end up with a $100 bill, or even more.  The size of your bouquet, special frames, or glass enclosures can add even more expense to the process.

Preserving at Home

If you choose to dry your flowers at home, you can do this with sand, borax or silica gel.  These substances are used to help draw out any moisture from the flowers so that your flowers are better preserved.  Simply coat your flowers in either of the above substances and allow them enough time to dry.

Alternatively, what you can choose to do is to remove each flower from the bouquet and hang them.  This method will help dry out your flowers, though it is not nearly as effective as using the method above.  Make sure that you allow the flowers plenty of time to dry as they will not be able to dry over night.  Allow at least 4 weeks to ensure that every last bit of moisture has been removed from the petals.

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