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Many brides, if not all of them, would go to such lengths to make sure their wedding day is memorable, not only on that day but also for years to come. That is why they invest so much time and effort in making everything perfect—picking the dress, the venue, and the food, among others—and making sure that everything is documented. Wedding photographers and videographers are among the first list of vendors a bride would search and book when planning their wedding so they can relive their wedding day anytime they wish.
The wedding bouquet is another crucial part of a wedding. Some brides consider it as a very important memorabilia they definitely would want to keep, yet don’t know how. They certainly cannot simply take a picture or a video of the bouquet because they want a physical reminder of the most beautiful and magical day of your life! Other brides simply have no idea whatsoever as to what to do with the big arrangement.
What to do with your Bridal Blooms
So here is a list of creative things to do to your bridal blooms after you vowed to take your significant other for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do you part.
The Bouquet Toss
Stemming from the English tradition, tossing the bouquet is done to share the bride’s good luck. Today, the bouquet toss is almost exclusively meant for the wedding guests who are single. It is believed that the one who catches it will be the next to marry. If you don’t really want to keep your hand bouquet, this could be a graceful solution.
However, if you want to follow tradition yet still want to keep the bouquet—remember, you can’t ask for it back once a guest caught it!—you can opt to toss another bouquet prepared especially for the toss. Typically, this bouquet is smaller and look like the miniature version of your real wedding bouquet.
If you truly want the blooms to last, go for the professionals. All types of flowers and foliage can be preserved as long as they are still fresh, so get to it as soon as possible. The shape and form of your wedding bouquet will stay exactly the same, but preserved flowers tend to look deeper in tone. For example, red roses will turn into a burgundy color and whites will become a light shade of cream.
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A professional will have their own secret mix of preservatives to keep your flowers as natural and as perfect as possible. Many people don’t realize this, but the flower and foliage preservation is an incredibly hard thing to do. So if you are really set on keeping the shape and colors of your hand bouquet as close to the original as possible, a pro service is really the best option to take.
If you have a tight budget or if you feel like you have a particularly deft hand in preserving blooms, a do-it-yourself route should definitely be considered. There are many things to decide on this DIY project, such as the size, shape, and type of flowers to preserve. For example, making a mini version will be much easier compared to preserving the entire bouquet.
There are several techniques you can use to preserve flowers: air drying, microwave drying, and pressing. Each method works better for specific types of flowers. Air drying is the best method to preserving bouquets. It also works well for hardy flowers like roses and perennials like lavender. Air drying is done by hanging the flowers in a dark, dry area with good air circulation. The process typically takes two to three weeks to complete. When the flowers are completely dry, spray them with unscented hairspray for protection.
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Flowers like daisies, roses, tulips, and chrysanthemums are best preserved by microwave drying. This method will produce a better color and structure preservation compared to the air drying method. You can begin by placing the flowers in a microwave-safe container and covering the base with an inch or two of silica gel to absorb the moisture. Place the container into the microwave sans the lid and set the microwave to the heat level above defrost for 2 to 5 minutes. The temperature and time needed for them to dry vary from one flower to the next, so you might want to work in batches to avoid over-baking. Once they are all dried, let them sit for 24 hours before arranging them for a display.
Pressing method is one of the most common drying methods of all times. However, you can’t retain the shape of the flowers with this method. To begin, you will need several thick and heavy books and patience. Arrange the flowers between the pages and let it sit at the bottom stack of the books.
Repurposing the Petals
Many people choose to turn their wedding bouquet into something new and useful. A full hand bouquet can take up a lot of your shelf space, so repurposing them can also help you save space. Some of the most creative petal usages are to make a bowl of potpourri or homemade candles. You can also use the petals as a completely unique decoration for your thank-you cards or display them in little frames around the house.
For most brides, thinking about what to do to their wedding blooms usually comes later. But not having a plan in place for this is okay! You don’t need to excessively plan for it in the first place as it isn’t a complicated thing. First things first: hold on to your bouquet if you haven’t made up your mind. You can’t get back something you have given away! If you decided to keep it, the process itself is quite simple whether you are doing it by yourself at home or going to a professional. Just relax and take your time, you will definitely be able to make the most of your wedding bouquet.
I wish I had known these tips when I got married. You can find more inspiration at Roses Only.