You might be surprised to find out that many brides regret tossing their bouquet and wish they’d have saved their flowers. There are a few ways to do this, and don’t worry, you can purchase a “toss bouquet” that you throw to your girls. Check out these great ways to preserve your wedding flowers:
Press and Frame
Pressed and framed flowers can be absolutely gorgeous and a perfect way to preserve your bouquet. Simply place the blossoms between two pieces of wax paper and stick them under a heavy book or something similar. Wait 1-2 weeks before removing them. Using a piece of poster board cut to fit the frame, place the flowers down with a dab of hot glue. Voila – you have beautifully pressed and framed flowers.
Drying the Flowers
Use silica gel to dry the flowers so you will have an everlasting bouquet. Simply place silica gel (available in most craft stores) in a large jar and bury the blossoms down in the gel. Close the container and let them stay where they are for about a week. When you remove the flowers from the jar, they will be dried and will have kept their beautiful and vivid hues.
You can also dry your bouquet as is by simply hanging it upside down and allowing it to air dry for a few weeks. While the petals will shrink slightly as the water content is lost, the result can still be absolutely beautiful. From there, you can place them in a vase or display them as you want.
If you’re nervous about drying your flowers yourself, take them to your florist and ask to have the bouquet preserved. It may cost a small fee, but you will be happy you kept your beautiful bouquet.