It’s Spring and Wedding season is upon us! For anyone who has ever planned a wedding, you know that plants and flowers often play a big role in the celebration. Beautiful bouquets, elegant corsages, table centerpieces, and even aisle decorations all play a part in the beauty of the day. But a question that is often asked after the event is what to do with all those expensive flowers that you purchased. Let them die? Throw them away? Save them?
Some folks choose to allow the guests to take items like centerpieces or aisle decorations, to give the beauty a little longer life in someone else’s home. But more symbolic flowers and plants, like the bridal bouquet and bridesmaid/groomsmen arrangements are often overlooked as opportunities to preserve and display mementos from the occasion. To help future brides in their planning, I pulled together some resources that I thought might help in giving you the ability to display some of the beauty of your wedding on an everyday basis. Here are five tips (and a bonus at the end) that I think offer good ways to preserve your wedding flowers, bouquets, and arrangements.
The easiest way to ensure that your bouquet is preserved for a lifetime is to buy a bouquet designed to last. While live flowers might provide you with the wonderful smell on your wedding day, they will start to wilt and die soon after the big event.
Instead, consider purchasing an artificial bouquet that will last as long as your love. Many bouquets, like this Rose Arrangement, also come with a beautiful vase that allows you to display your bouquet long after your wedding day.
Press Your Flowers
Pressing your flowers is the process of putting your flowers between two solid objects and smashing them flat. Once they are flat and dried, they can be used in shadow boxes, display cases, or even coated in resin to preserve them for a long time.
There are so many ways to repurpose your flowers. The simplest way to press the flowers from your wedding bouquet is to put them between two pieces of parchment paper and then place them between two heavy books. While that method does work, the end result can be dried, crumply flower petals that simply disintegrate over time.
Instead, take a look at some of the tips for pressing flowers that HGTV put together, including ironing them. Once they are pressed, be sure to display them in a way that they will be preserved for longevity.
Freeze-Dry Your Bouquet In Glass
One of the really nice ways to preserve and present your wedding bouquet is to have it freeze-dried and then sealed in a showcase piece. Companies like Florage specialize in creating beautiful display cases that show off your entire wedding bouquet.
You can see some of the examples of their freeze-dried wedding bouquets here. Another company, Forever In Time, offers a variety of glass domes that you can use to display your freeze-dried flowers.
Preserve The Memory Of The Flowers In A Photo
Probably the easiest way to keep the beauty of your wedding day bouquet alive is to snap a photo of it. But having it on a flash drive or stored on your phone isn’t enough, you need to showcase it in a way that you see it each day and are reminded of the beauty it brought to your magical day.
To accomplish that, you might consider having the photo imprinted on a large canvas that you can hang in your house. Look to services like SnapFish or ShutterFly to preserve your photo on canvas, and you can even select beautiful custom frames.
The key to a good photo for large canvas prints is to ensure that the photo you take is at the highest resolution possible. Let your photographer know that you’re planning to print the photo on canvas and they can ensure they get you a hi-res photo.
Seal Your Flowers Inside An Epoxy Decorative Setting
One of the really interesting, and long-lasting ways to preserve your wedding bouquet is to have it sealed inside clear epoxy. If you are a DIYer, you can find the instructions on how to do this yourself on the ResinCrafts blog.
Keep in mind that this is a valuable memento of a big day. Rather than trying to do it yourself, it might be better to allow a professional to preserve your memories. In that case, you can reach out to Forever In Time, who specializes in creating mementos from your flowers, including preserving them in epoxy resin.
BONUS – Turn Your Wedding Bouquet Into A Beautiful Piece Of Jewelry
If you really want to do something interesting with your wedding bouquet, consider turning it into a piece of jewelry that you can wear every day and be reminded of that magical day. A company called Bloombeads will convert your flower petals into a wide variety of jewelry, including pendants, earrings and cross necklaces.
They even offer jewelry options for men, so you can have his and hers mementos of your blessed day.
There you have it! A few tips that can help you preserve those wedding memories by keeping your wedding bouquet beautiful and visible.
Have other tips or resources that you have used to preserve your bouquet? Be sure to share your tips in a comment below so other future brides can benefit from them.