How to Preserve a Wedding Bouquet

Use this step-by-step guide to make sure your favorite bouqet of flowers stays in tact long after you say, "I do."
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eHow Contributing Writer

Your wedding bouquet can be kept for decades to come. The preservation method you choose will depend on the type of flowers in the bouquet and the look you want for your preserved bouquet. Here are a few steps to help you preserve a bouquet.

Things You'll Need:

 
• Yellow Pages
• Wedding Programs
• Plastic
• Internet Access
• Sand
• Wedding Flower Bouquets
• Small Coolers
• Ice
• Wedding Invitations
 
STEP 1 Preserve the bouquet yourself or let a professional do it for
you. Make this decision well in advance of the wedding date
as all methods of preservation require that the treatment begin
no later than one to four days after the wedding.
STEP 2 Keep in mind that some home methods of flower preservation
can take days or weeks to complete. Will you have the time to
monitor the process yourself? Will you be able to begin the
preservation process immediately after the wedding?
STEP 3 Choose to have your bouquet professionally freeze-dried if
you want the resulting bouquet to look as realistic as possible.
The elements of the bouquet are taken apart, freeze-dried if
possible, and then put back into the original arrangement. This
method will take three to
four weeks to complete.
STEP 4 Choose to have your bouquet professionally pressed. The
bouquet is taken apart, the flowers are pressed, and then they
are rearranged and framed. Even though the flowers will be
flattened, the original silhouette of the bouquet can be achieved.
This method takes 8 to 10 weeks.
STEP 5 Make bouquet preservation arrangements in advance of the
wedding date. The preservationist will give you instructions on
how to care for and transport your bouquet.
STEP 6 Expect to pay $100 and up to have your bouquet professionally
preserved. The price will depend on the size of the bouquet and
any additional services, such as special frames or glass
enclosures. If there is no professional in your area, you will also
have to pay to have the bouquet shipped overnight.
STEP 7 Use drying agents such as sand, silica gel or borax to preserve
your own bouquet at home. The process involves covering each
flower completely with the chosen substance to draw out moisture.
STEP 8 Press the flowers from your bouquet at home. Frame your own
pressed arrangement.
STEP 9 Create your own dried flower bouquet. This is perhaps the
simplest preservation method to accomplish at home. Take the
bouquet apart and hang the individual flowers to dry. Reassemble
the bouquet. Take care with the resulting brittle petals and stems.

 

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