I’ve had many bride’s ask me how they can preserve their wedding bouquets. After you spend weeks picking out the perfect flowers it’s a shame to just throw them away at the end of the day. Luckily there are now lots of options for preserving your blooms. The most common is DIY floral drying. This can be tricky and a bit messy but if your up for the task you can dry the flowers by hanging them upside down. This leaves the bouquet in tact, although a bit fragile. You can then place the bunch in a vase or press them flat and frame for decor around the house. Click here for a link to a quick tutorial. And click here for a tutorial on making the pressed flowers in frames seen below.
The newest trend for bouquet preservation is freeze drying. The two biggest companies are Timeless Flowers and Keepsake Floral. These companies will take your full bouquet and freeze dry it. This leaves the colors and shape of your flowers natural and since there is no drying involved they do not fade. There are a number of framing options for your bouquet and it becomes a nice memento to hang in your house.
Lastly, my favorite way to preserve flowers is with a commissioned painting. I recently went to an art show for local Charleston artist Lulie Wallace. You may have recently seen Lulie’s work at Anthropologie or featured in Southern Living and Design*Sponge. It was at the art show that I learned that you can commission Lulie to paint your bridal bouquet. Her floral paintings burst from the canvas with bright pops of color and would light up any room in your home. I can’t think of a sweeter way to remember your bouquet than with a personalized painting.