Wedding flowers are expensive! Yes you can get silk or artificial flowers, but sometimes they just don’t look as good as real ones.
You certainly won’t be able to stop and smell the roses on your wedding day!
Spending the money on real flowers sometimes does not work for a bride, we get that, but just imagine being able to still have them after you big day!
Would you go with real flowers over fake ones if you knew how to preserve them to keep them forever?
There are so many ways to preserve your flowers, and of course each comes with a different cost.
Read below to find out more on how to preserve your wedding flowers.
1.Figure out how you want to preserve your flowers
Air-drying: is a fairly simple DIY that you can do yourself. We have found a good step-by-step list here. This process won’t maintain the vibrant colours of your wedding bouquet.
Professionally pressed: This will definitely maintain more of the colour and shape but does come at an extra cost.
Silica Gel: This is another process you can DIY which does a better job of maintaining the colour and shape of your wedding flowers.
2.Don’t want to do it yourself?
Ask your wedding florist if they are able to preserve your wedding flowers, or if they may know of someone that can. There are places online that you can find, but finding someone local would be safer. You don’t want to spend the money to get your flowers preserved, and someone ruins them!
Once you have decided on who you want to go with, have everything set up at least 2 weeks before your wedding date, don’t want to be worrying about it after your wedding and not being able to find someone.
3.Don’t use your bouquet for the Bouquet Toss!
You want your bouquet in the best condition possible before you send it off to be preserved. Ask your florist about a toss bouquet, usually these aren’t as big as your bridal bouquet. This gives you the ability to still do the traditional bouquet toss, without ruining your beautiful bouquet.
4.Plan your timeline
If you’re going on your honeymoon right after the wedding, you’ll want to enlist the help of a parent or your maid of honour to help start the preservation process.
If you’re sending it to a professional then you will want to get your bouquet shipped out within 48 to 72 hours of your wedding for the best results.
To make sure you have the freshest flowers for a DIY wedding bouquet, you can cut a half inch off the stems and put the bouquet in the fridge until you are able to take the next steps.