Your wedding bouquet is special and beautiful — not to mention that it took a while to choose — so no wonder you don’t want to say goodbye to it after your big day. The good news? You don’t have to! There are some creative and special ways to preserve your wedding floral bouquet which can remind you of your special day for many years to come. Keep in mind, though, if you want to preserve your flowers, it’s important to decide what’s the most practical way that they can easily work in your home. This way you’ll be able to really enjoy them for years to come (and risk not throwing them out after the novelty has worn off). Read on for unique tips on how to make the most out of your wedding floral bouquet below.
Press your wedding bouquet
This is a perfect option for those who are okay with choosing a number of petals rather than the entire bouquet. You can purchase a floral press kit to help you press the flowers or you can place them between waxed paper and press them with a thick, heavy object, like a book, that will put enough weight on the flowers to press them flat. Leave them to dry for about a week. If they’re not completely dry, then re-press them before leaving them to dry for another week. Once they are ready, most people choose to display their pressed flowers within a picture frame. You can do this by arranging them in a design that you like on a sheet of paper with some glue. Not feeling confident? You can also hire a floral artist to help you.
Hang your bouquet upside down
This is an easy choice for those who don’t consider themselves super artistic (meaning anyone can do this one!). Simply cut away any tape or ties from the flowers, and hang the bouquet upside down in a dry, dark spot, like an empty closet or kitchen pantry, where it can’t be disturbed for at least two weeks. Then, you can either arrange them in a vase or string them back up again and leave them hanging upside down as part of your wall décor in either your living room or bedroom.
Make a resign paperweight or set of coasters
For those who are a bit more adventurous with their creativity, you can use clear epoxy resin to preserve your flowers. Buy a mold from a local craft store that you love, like a cube or a circle. Then, fill the mold halfway with the epoxy resin. Next, arrange the flowers in a design that you like before filling up the mold with more resin. Let it dry and harden before removing the mold to reveal your unique keepsake. If the idea of handling resin makes you uncomfortable, then you can consider hiring an artist who has experience with making resin products.
Freeze-dry your bouquet
If you’re looking to keep your bouquet exactly as how it looked on your wedding day, then freeze-drying your florals might be the option for you. This choice needs to be handled by a professional, so it’s a good idea to ask your florist for their recommendations. With this option, your flowers are sprayed with starch and then placed in a freeze-dryer for up to three months. After that, you can place them in a vase where you can admire them just as you did on your special day.