You spend a lot of time AND money on your wedding flowers…wouldn’t it be awesome if you could at least preserve your wedding bouquet? Well, you can!
We’ve received a lot of questions from brides about HOW to make this amazing framed (and freeze-dried) wedding bouquet (above) that we posted on Facebook, so we wanted to give you a breakdown of what you can do to achieve this look. While this is a great way to preserve your gorgeous wedding bouquet in a sentimental way that will also look amazing hanging in your home, it IS expensive. However, it’s not your only option! You can decide how you want to preserve your wedding bouquet (and how much you want to spend), using the info below. Here’s what you need to know:
1. Decide how you want to preserve the flowers
There are several options when it comes to preserving your wedding bouquet. You can choose to air dry, press, silica-gel dry, or freeze dry your wedding flowers.
Air drying your flowers is a fairly simply DIY (you can find instructions here), but it won’t maintain the vibrant colors of your wedding bouquet. You can also opt to get them professionally pressed, which will definitely maintain more of the color and shape. Silica gel is another flower preservation method that you can DIY which will do a better job of maintaining the integrity of your wedding flowers. I like this DIY for preserving your wedding flowers with Silica gel.
The mother of all wedding bouquet preservation techniques is freeze-drying your flowers and placing them in a glass container or frame (like the photo above). But, unless you have the crazy professional flower freeze-dryer equipment at home, this will have to be professionally done. Read on for how to find the perfect vendor for you…
2. Find a local or online vendor
Start by asking your wedding florist if they are able to preserve your wedding flowers, or if they know of a local vendor who can. If nobody is available locally, each of the links below have been recommended for various types of flower preservation techniques. Keep in mind you’ll want to decide which vendor you’ll want to go with and start the order forms at least two weeks prior to your wedding day.
3. Price each option
Freeze Frame It offers something similar to the photo above for $400, though keep in mind depending on the frame you choose some freeze-driers will charge up to $1200. You can see their pricing options here. They also offer a registry option, which allows you to ask for a freeze dried framed wedding bouquet as a wedding gift. Everlasting Flowers offers pressed wedding bouquet frames from $85-$375.
4. Skip the bouquet toss!
Once you decide which method of wedding bouquet preservation works for you and your budget, you’ll want to be extra careful with it once your wedding day rolls around. If you plan on preserving your wedding bouquet, you’ll want to make sure it doesn’t get damaged. So, in lieu of using it for the bouquet toss, use a less expensive bouquet of flowers to symbolically throw instead.
5. Plan your timeline
If you’re going on your honeymoon immediately after the wedding, you’ll want to enlist the help of a parent or bridesmaid/groomsmen to start the preservation process. If you’re going the professional route, you’ll want to get your bouquet shipped out (or dropped off if using a local vendor) 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 preservation or a professional service, 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.
If having your wedding flowers professionally preserved, don’t expect to get the bouquet back right away! It can take anywhere from 6-16 weeks and even up to 9 months to receive your preserved flowers. So be patient!
Trying to find the perfect look? Get inspired by browsing through our favorite wedding bouquets here.
Are you interested in preserving your wedding bouquet? Let us know in the comments section below!