A wedding day is marked special by all. When it comes to party or celebration, every little detail is taken care of and all needs are catered to. There is an upsurge of anxiety if arrangements are not arranged! When we utter arrangements, flowers are first to strike a note of affirmation. After all, they are an integral part of the wedding ceremony and their absence or presence can make the mood or break the wedding tempo. As much as the wedding day holds importance, the wedding bouquet commands all the attention. Wedding flowers fail to lose their charm even when they grow stale and droop to face your carpeted flooring. You may want to preserve them forever and not subject them to the bin. Well, this is possible.
Tips for Preserving Bridal and Wedding Bouquets
Wedding bouquet preservation requires more efforts than bringing out an eloquent vase from your closet and setting them with water to help them sail through the years. What you may do is to consult a florist well in advance and have him take care of the wedding flower bouquet. He may provide you with a bouquet preservation kit along with the offer he quotes to provide you with flowers and bouquets on your wedding day. You may choose to take this opportunity and hand him the responsibility of handling your prized possession for a brief period.
Air drying is the easiest and the simplest of all the methods that can be employed to preserve flowers or bouquets. However, with air drying, you may not be able to preserve the original appearance of the flowers as the flowers would lose their sheen, their color and suffer a discoloration. Molds and mildew may be another condition eying your bouquets beauty. Spraying hair serum have not contributed to the flowers staying fresh nor would placing them in a vase and changing their breeding water's every day may be of any help. If you are keen to air dry flowers and not consider any other suggestion on bouquet preservation, you may go ahead and have them framed to the least, so that they are not invaded by molds or mildew.
Keep them Hydrated
Until you make up your mind as to with which method you would want to preserve your flowers, you may preserve them in a vase filled with water. However, this will sustain only for a couple of days. Trim the stems at an angle every two days and place them back in the vase.
Find a few containers that have lids to secure them. Make sure that the containers that you have are air tight and are large enough to have the flowers set within them. Now, you may purchase some silica gel from the florist and place it at the bottom of the containers. An inch of the silica gel will be ideal. You need to unwind your wedding bouquet and place the flowers into the silica gel. Place flowers that are of the same species together in one container. Place them in such a manner that the flowers are well spaced. Pour some more silica gel around the flowers after they have been arranged in the containers. Keep them aside in a cool place, by securing them with their air tight lids. Check on them after 3 to 4 days. Give your flowers a weeks time to dry. You can remove them carefully from the containers and place them back the same way as the bouquet was arranged. Spray some hair serum on the flowers and you have succeeded in preserving your flowers.
I am sure you may have observed dried flowers pressed between the pages of a romantic novel, that reminds you of the love that one shared, once upon a time. Times have changed but the crux of the concept has remained virgin. The flower pressing method is one where the flowers are methodically pressed and rearranged. They are then put back into a complete bouquet and framed. If you are someone who does not like the three-dimensional look of the bouquet that is achieved through air drying or silica gel application, you are free to go with the flattened look of the flowers that this method has to offer. This is a professionally conducted method and one has to lay trust in the florist's expertise to do his best and deliver what you desire. It takes about 10 weeks for the flowers to be pressed ready.
This is the most innovative and novel technology that has been incorporated to preserve bouquets. With freeze drying, the bouquets are able to maintain their originality in terms of their appearance which includes their shape, size and even their color. They look fresh and alive for years together. This is indeed the expertise of a professional to freeze-dry your bouquet flowers. This is, however an expensive method to get your wedding bouquet preserved. Nevertheless, if you are keen on preserving your bouquet at any cost, (pun intended!), then this method is specially fabricated for you!
Wedding bouquet preservation is possible with these methods. You are free to make your choice and have your bouquet remind you of the times that will be cherished forever. If only time could freeze ... you think!