You spend a lot of time, energy and money choosing your wedding bouquet. Hopefully you also have a plan in place for preserving those beautiful blooms once the wedding day is over. Best practice says to preserve your bouquet as soon as possible. Whether you already have a plan in place with your florist or plan to do the preserving yourself, talk to the floral experts at Conklyn’s Weddings about our services for preserving your flowers. We have some great DIY tips as well as suggestions for bouquet specialists, if you choose to go the professional route.
To dry your flowers yourself, there are a few different processes you could do at home.
1. Simply hang your flowers upside down in a cool dry space for 7 to 10 days. Doing so will allow the flowers to dehydrate while preserving some of their beautiful color. Spraying them with finishing spray or hairspray will also allow the blooms to maintain their shape and color.
2. Silica gel, found at any craft store for less than $10, is not actually a gel but a sand-like substance that will dry and preserve the shape and color of your flowers beautifully. Place a layer in the bottom of an airtight container, stand individual flowers up on their stems and sprinkle gel on the blooms. Then seal the container for 2 to 4 weeks while the silica gel dries and preserves the flowers undisturbed.
3. Professional services can include freeze-drying processes, which could take several weeks to months to complete, so be patient. While this is slightly more expensive, it is a sure-fire way to create a stunning display of pressed or dried flowers for your help for your home. Some excellent vendors we’ve discovered online are:
No matter what process you choose, a few reminders should be observed regardless. Do your best to protect your bouquet from damage during the wedding and reception, and try to begin the preservation process as soon as possible after the wedding.
Talk to the floral expert at Conklyn’s Weddings about your best options for preserving your wedding bouquet. We know you want to keep the memories of your special day alive and we’re here to help. We can provide services or recommendations for services to help you keep your flowers beautiful for very long time.