Wedding Planning – Helping the Bride and Groom Plan their Wedding Day Preserving Your Bouquet And Floral Arrangements
When the big day is ended you will want to keep a souvenir to remind you of your special day. A good way of doing this is to have your flowers preserved. There are a number of ways to do this, and it is up to you how you would like it done. Depending on how much you would like to spend, you could have a professional do it for you, which of course will cost a lot more.
It depends on whether you would like to have your bouquet on display or you are just going to put it in a cupboard somewhere in the house. The sooner you start to preserve your flowers after the wedding the better. If they are left too long they will start to die and dry and you will not get the same effect as starting the process much sooner. One method of preserving your flowers is by hang drying them.
The process involves hanging the flowers in an upside down position, letting them dry in a darkened room. Be aware that as they dry they will tend to loose the coloring. Upon drying, spray the flowers with shellac or anything that can be used to protect dried flowers. You are now ready to put them out on display or to put them away somewhere where they will not get damaged.
Another idea may be to have your bouquet painted onto canvas by an experienced artist. This will provide you with an everlasting memory of what your flowers looked like on the day exactly down to every detail and color. You can then have it put into a beautiful frame and hang inside the home for everyone to see when they visit you. Pressing your flowers is also a common form of preservation, but be aware that some flowers are going to press better than others.
Roses, Irises, Orchards and many of the small type flowers will press well. It may be good to check with an experienced person whether or not it is a good idea to press the flowers that you have chosen to avoid being disapointed with the end result.
If you do decide to go ahead with the pressing method you will need to firstly take a picture of your bouquet, so that you know what it looked like before you pulled it apart, then start pulling the petals away from the flower base and press them between the pages of heavy books.
Make sure that you place the petals between sheets of plain paper to avoid any of the ink from the book itself ruining the petals. The flowers should be kept between the pages for about two weeks.
Once the flowers are ready it is now time to start piecing the arrangement back together from the photo that you took of the flowers at the beginning of the process. After you have placed the petals onto a board, you are now ready to put it into a frame ready for hanging. Now days there are preserving kits that are available to make the process less scary and complicated.