How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet
Plenty of things make good keepsakes from your wedding day, including that glamorous show-stopping wedding gown, wedding album and guestbook of heartfelt, handwritten messages. Add the bridal bouquet to this list – it is, afterall, one of the most iconic part of any wedding day. To help your blooms last a lifetime, we share four ways to preserve your bridal bouquet.
Hanging bouquets upside down is the most traditional technique for drying flowers. Gather the flowers in a bunch and secure the stems with a rubber band. Hang it away from direct sunlight to preserve its color. It usually takes around two weeks for the bridal flowers to air dry.
One of the easiest ways to press flowers is using books. If you have some heavy books lying around the house, these books can be put to good use. Place the flower between two pieces of paper, and place them within the pages of the book. Depending on the size of the book, you can press multiple flowers at once. However, be sure to space them out so that the moisture from one flower doesn’t transfer to another.
Silica gel drying
Silica gel drying involves burying the flowers in a granular substance until they're totally dry. The gel changes color as it absorbs moisture, so you can tell when the flowers are ready—this usually takes just a few days, but up to ten days for bulkier flowers.
If you are not particularly crafty or are worried about ruining the bridal bouquet, there are plenty of businesses that can freeze dry your bouquet to frame or enclose in a dome. Freeze-drying entails slowly dehydrating the blooms in a cold, vacuum-sealed machine. The downside: It may be costly.
There you have it! If you've been thinking about how to preserve your wedding flowers, you've got four ways to make them last. Whichever way you decide on, you need to act fast. When it comes to preserving flowers, you'll want to start the process when the petals are still vibrant and colorful. The sooner you start the process, the better!