There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a bride on her wedding day. Walking down the aisle, with flowers in her hand and love in her heart - there is not a moment more special. But every bride knows, getting to that moment takes a lot of work! Everything from choosing the venue to finding the perfect dress takes significant planning and attention to detail. Why leave all of that behind after the ceremony?
If you’re planning a wedding, you’re likely going to use your favorite flowers in the ceremony and at the reception. Some brides spend more than $1000 on their flower arrangements, as the main decoration for the ceremony and reception venue. There’s no reason why all of those flowers should be tossed aside after the ceremony. You have so many options on how to use flowers for creative crafts and designs after your wedding day.
Many brides want to keep their bouquets after the wedding. While you can just let them hang and dry, this often causes the flowers to lose their color and wilt. Dried flowers don’t last long, which is why this isn’t the best way to preserve your wedding bouquet. But, don’t think you have to use silk flowers to keep your bouquet. Many florists offer flower preservation services, and you can preserve them yourself using a variety of DIY methods.
Professionally preserved flowers retain their color, shape, and size. Many florists freeze dry or press wedding flowers, framing them and turning them into a unique piece of art. If you freeze dry flowers, you can put them in a shadow box or tabletop centerpiece. Then your wedding bouquet serves as a decorative piece for your new home with your beloved. As you grow in your marriage, the wedding bouquet serves as a keepsake to your love and commitment.
If you don’t want to go to a florist to preserve your bouquet, you can press or dry it at home. A homemade flower press is easy to use, plus they are relatively inexpensive to make. This process takes a few weeks, but in the end, you will have wonderfully pressed flowers to frame or turn into an art project.
You can also save decorative flowers from the ceremony and reception. You can freeze dry or press these flowers and use them for a variety of purposes. They can be turned into gifts for attendees, or to make more decorative pieces for your home. Many brides like to give their flowers to bridesmaids as a keepsake and token of appreciation. Others will give the flowers to their new family, or decorate their new home as newlyweds.
If you’re a creative bride, you may want to look at alternatives to flower preservation and pressing. My Flowers Forever - Bellabeads uses flower petals to make custom jewelry. If you send us your fresh flower petals, we use them to make charm beads for pendants, earrings, bracelets and more. You’ll have a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry to commemorate your wedding day. You can shop our collection of flower petal jewelry here.
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