Written by: Bealaine Pamandanan
An average wedding bouquet costs $100-150 and can stay fresh for up to a week. So why not preserve your wedding flowers and enjoy them long after? Here are 3 ideas on how to preserve your bouquet:
1. Press flowers
Pressing is ideal for delicate, flat flowers.
- Layer your wedding flowers between pieces of paper such as tissue or paper towel, taking care not to overlap
- Place the papers with the flowers between pages of a thick, heavy book or sandwich between flat heavy objects
- Wait 7-10 business days before checking to see if you need to replace the papers
Depending on the thickness of the blooms and humidity, the flowers will dry in 2 – 4 weeks. Once dry, reassemble the bouquet and store inside your wedding album and frame them with your wedding invites or pictures. Be creative and reuse your flowers to create personalized stationary.
Image: Pressed Flower Card via Gabriela Delworth
2. Air Dry
Air drying is great for wedding bouquets that have both delicate and fuller flowers.
- Hang your wedding bouquet upside down in a dark, cool, dry place for about 3 – 4 weeks
- Mist your bouquet with hair spray or dried flower spray to set everything together
To help retain the color, store your bouquet in an enclosed box and away from sun light. Another tips is to use the dried bouquet as a home décor as suggested by Home Made Simple.
Image: Home décor via Homemadesimple.com
3. Microwave Drying
Microwave drying is quick, easy and holds the natural color.
- Divide your bouquet into smaller sections by size
- Trim the ends of your flowers to fit inside the microwave
- Wrap the flower bundles with paper towel
- Heat the flowers for 1-2 mins and let them cool
- Reheat until dry
Storage is similar to the air dry method.
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