Wedding Tip Tuesday – Preserving Your Bouquet

September 27, 2017

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I’ll be honest- florals were not on the top of my priority list when it came to planning a wedding. My biggest priority was that my guests had an incredible experience and a day to remember. I wasn’t sure what the flowers, napkin colors, or decorations would have to do with that. I was thinking about putting together Costco bouquets myself or getting fake flowers from a place like Eco Flower to save some money.

However, when I found my florist Allison from Clementine Flowers, she assured me that I could get flowers I loved at a price point that worked for us. Throughout our time working together and planning the floral vision for the wedding, I was surprised to keep getting more and more excited about the flowers.

By the time the wedding day came around, one of the parts of the day I was looking forward to most was seeing how the flowers turned out. They were absolutely stunning and completely blew me away! We wanted something bright, colorful and unique and that’s exactly what Allison put together for us, despite the hurricanes making it more difficult to get these tropical flowers.

Naturally, I wanted to find an easy way to preserve my bouquet to remember it forever. Drying it out properly in a way that looked good seemed complicated, and I don’t love the look of dry flowers anyways.

We gave a lot of the centerpiece flowers and the bridesmaid bouquets away to a nursing home for the residents to enjoy. I kept my bridal bouquet and some of the birds of paradise from our centerpieces to decorate our honeymoon suite with for our mini-moon in Stillwater.

By the time we got home on Thursday afternoon (our wedding was on Saturday), my bouquet was looking a little sad. However, I was able to pick out one of each flower that were still vibrant looking to make a collage out of them.

I’m really happy how this turned out and I can’t wait to frame this photo and hang it in our house. Not only is it a great way to remember your bouquet but you get some fun art out of it for your house. I am a professional photographer with a nice camera but I think anyone with a good eye and a little creativity could do this themselves and get great results.

Here’s how you can do it yourself-

  1. Pick a couple of each of the flowers from your bouquet. Obviously, the sooner you do this, the fresher they’ll be, but I waited five days to do it after we got home from our mini-moon. There were still enough salvageable flowers to make it work.
  2. Grab some white paper or foam-core (I used a piece of foam-core)
  3. Find a spot with even, natural, soft light. I went on my deck at golden hour which is an hour before sunset for this dreamy light. If it’s cloudy, you can do it any time of the day.
  4. Arrange the flowers and greenery on the foam-core. Experiment with different layouts and see what you like the best!
  5. Grab your phone or camera and shoot from directly above! You can always crop it slightly to make straight lines.
  6. Print it out and pick a pretty frame for it. Find an awesome spot in your house to display it!

Woohoo! Your bouquet is now beautifully preserved!

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