As I’m putting this post together, I’m looking up at my preserved bouquet from my wedding. It is such a special keepsake from my wedding and I’m so glad that I did it. Preserving your bouquet does take some advance planning, so we have Mary Beth from All Seasons Floral Preservation with a few tips and things to think about when it comes to your bouquet. Take it away, Mary Beth.
Photo Credit: Katie Stoops Photography
A wise florist once said, “It isn’t until I hand a bride her flowers, that she realizes she wants to keep them forever.” With all of the details involved in planning a wedding, reception, and honeymoon, it is no wonder that this item is often overlooked! It isn’t until she actually sees and holds her flowers, so gorgeous and meaningful, that the thought of enjoying them for only her wedding day seems all wrong.
Photos courtesy of All Seasons Floral Preservation
One unique way to have your flowers preserved is to have them transformed into a work of framed pressed floral art. In order to properly press your flowers, each one is taken apart – petal by petal – and pressed individually to best preserve their color and form. During the pressing process it is natural for the colors of the flowers to change somewhat. Generally speaking, flowers with an “intense” color will press darker – red roses will become a deep burgundy; while flowers with a “softer” color will become lighter – pale pink and white flowers will become a cream color. Once the flowers have dried completely (about two weeks), the individual petals are used to “rebuild” each flower. The pressed flowers are then used to create a floral design which is adhered to a mat board with herbarium glue.
A little planning goes a long way, it is most helpful to make the decision to preserve your flowers before your wedding day. Here are some things to consider:
- The freshest flowers make the most beautiful art, so your florist plays a key role in the outcome of your artwork. Choose a florist who will use high quality, fresh flowers and arranges them in a way that is not only beautiful, but “durable.” The wedding and reception are high energy events that can take quite a toll on a poorly constructed bouquet!
- During a design consultation with your preservationist, it is important to discuss your specific flowers and how they will look once they are pressed. You can also be given recommendations for specific flowers that “press well” and best hold their “live color.”
- For a more unique keepsake, include an invitation, program, or photo in the frame with your preserved flowers.
- A bride with an all white bouquet may want a more colorful work of floral art. Consider including flowers from an attendant’s bouquet or centerpiece in your artwork.
- For brides on a budget, gift certificates make a wonderful wedding gift. Many couples put a link to our website on their wedding site. Family and friends who purchase gift certificates are always thrilled to be giving such a unique and meaningful gift.
- Pick a responsible person to take your flowers after the wedding and deliver them for preservation.
- When the reception ends, your flowers should be kept in water (and ideally a fridge) until they can be dropped off for preservation.
- As with your other wedding professionals, it is important to select a preservationist who comes highly recommended.
Enjoy your amazing flowers on your wedding day and know that it is just the beginning!
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