Preserving the Wedding Bouquet. During the hustle and bustle of the wedding, there are plenty of details about the wedding that go unnoticed. Of course you can capture the moments in photographs and take a look at them whenever you want to, but it’s different when you have actual memorabilia from the big day in front of you.
Of the many things that don’t receive much attention on the wedding, the brides wedding flowers receive the least attention. Perhaps the only time the bride does get to take a look at her bouquet is when she’s getting ready and walking down the aisle. After that, it’s just a small detail that goes unnoticed. After the wedding, the bouquet can bring back lots of memories. This is why many people like to preserve their wedding flowers.
One way of ensuring that your bouquet will not wilt faster than normal is to attach it to a cord or a wire and hang it upside down. Take care to hang it in a place that has good flow of air, is not too humid, and is not too bright. The closet would be a good place that would accommodate all these conditions to preserve your bouquet. Flowers that need low moisture are best preserved in this manner. Flowers like sunflowers, hydrangeas, roses, peonies, goldenrods etc. are best to preserve this way. The flowers will still be in a presentable state when you come back from your honeymoon, allowing you to admire your bouquet even after the wedding. Once the flowers have dried, they can be sprayed with a setting agent to stop them from crumbling.
Flowers that have high water content can be preserved by drawing away the moisture. There are several drying agents that can be used including dry sand, silica gel and borax. You can do it yourself or have it done professionally.
Getting it done professionally is recommended because you will only save a little more money if you plan on doing it yourself. You’ll still have to pay for the drying agents so you might as well pay a little extra and get it done by a professional. Roses, marigolds, geraniums, delphiniums, chrysanthemums, dahlias and carnations are some of the flowers that are best preserved by using drying agents.
Dry pressing flowers are another way in which you can preserve your wedding flowers for later on. If you aren’t too choosy about color and shape of flowers, this is the best method to use. If you want to press dry your flowers, you will find all the stuff you need in your house. Things like newspapers, tissues, paper towels, cardboards etc. are used for pressing flowers. It may take about six weeks for the process to get done with. But the upside about using this method is that you can preserve any kind of flower in this manner.
You can even preserve your bouquet by making potpourri out of it. The scents of the flowers are preserved through this method. You’ll need to use the petals of the flowers and place them in bowls. Once the petals have dried you’ll need to add potpourri oil and transfer the petals to a nice container.