You don't want to invest in flowers for your wedding because flowers die. Amiright? I've heard this statement a few times, and it always makes me feel kind of sad, because many times those brides go on to choose silk or wood flowers, simply because they don't want their fresh flowers to die. They want to keep their flowers forever.
Fresh flowers tie all your wedding decor and theme together, as well as add life, elegance, and movement to every photograph, and they don't have to lie wasted in the trash after your wedding day. In fact, there are several ways to keep your wedding flowers...forever.
1. Invest in a quality photographer
Besides hiring a professional floral designer, I think a high-quality, professional photographer is one of the best decisions you can make for your wedding. An experienced photographer is going to take the time to set up your bouquet (along with other sentimental bridal details, like your grandmother's pearl necklace and your fiance's wristwatch) in such a way that you will look back on the photograph and remember those sweet items that brought so much joy.
An experienced, professional photographer will not only take close ups of your bouquet, but also include your bouquet in the bride and groom shots, because they know it will add color, texture, and interest to the photographs. So not only will you get amazing photos of your wedding, but when you look back at them you will see your gorgeous bouquet, perfectly preserved.
2. Have your bouquet custom illustrated
I first met Dustynn from Mint and Main at the Ladies Night Out in Thatcher. Her art is adorable and after talking with her, I learned that she custom illustrates wedding bouquets! You guys, I seriously fell in love with these. You can see her work above, and I think not only is it so pretty, it's so unique to have your bouquet as custom art in your home.
3. Pressing your flowers
Pressing flowers is for sure my favorite way to preserve wedding bouquets, and something that I like to do for my brides. You can press just a few blooms or press every flower in your bouquet, and it's really easy. After your flowers are pressed, just glue them onto some heavy weight paper, frame, and hang on your wall! Or check out Pressed Garden, who does a phenomenal job at recreating your entire bouquet using the flowers from your bouquet.
3. Dry your flowers
When I was a kid, I would pick flowers and hang them upside down from the shelf above my head in order to dry them. Hanging your bouquet upside down is not the only way to dry them, however. You can also use silica gel sand to dry them, and there are several YouTube videos to help. I will admit that this is probably my least favorite way of preserving your flowers, as I think--similar to silk or wood flowers--they attract dust and it's very difficult to keep them clean and beautiful looking (it's much easier to protect and dust off your custom floral art on the wall than trying to get into the nooks and crannies of dried or faux flowers!).
I completely understand that you want to preserve the beauty of your wedding bouquet. I struggle with this too, because when I get the most gorgeous and unique flowers in my studio, I want them to live forever, and it can feel discouraging to think about how soon after your wedding they will, well...die. But that doesn't mean their beauty isn't worth having at your wedding, and I really hope this post helps you to see there are several ways to preserve your flowers if you want to keep them for sentimental reasons.
With love + (perfectly preserved) flowers,