Bridal bouquet – what did you do with it after the big day?

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
Post # 31
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Accidently left mine in the hotel room. Had a moment of regret when I realized, but just one, since there are lovely photos of it after all. 

Post # 32
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Southampton, UK

With my first wedding, I pressed flowers in a book to dry, then I arranged them in a frame with our wedding invitation.

This time, I might do that with some of the flowers, and I am also looking into drying some with silica gel and arranging them under a glass dome. There are some terrific instructions here: . BUT I also found these paperweights, and I’m dying to do that too . Fiance feels it’s too expensive, though, so I don’t know if I’ll end up doing it or not. We’ll see how strongly I feel about it when the time comes. 🙂

Post # 33
940 posts
Busy bee

My parents dried and pressed a few small flowers from my mom’s bouquet. It’s in a frame with their wedding invite, and I’ve always thought that was the sweetest thing.  They don’t have any large pictures from their wedding displayed.  For me, I used fake flowers, so I just kept them as is and they’re in a vase in our living room 🙂 

Post # 34
2657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I just put mine in a vase for a few days until the flowers died, then I threw it away. We’re renovating our house so there’s no way it would have lasted with all the works going on and stuff being moved between rooms. I’m not really sentimental about that sort of stuff either.

A friend of mine made her flowers out of paper, so she’s got them on display in her home. Another had a few of the roses made into beads and woven onto a bracelet. She had the same thing done with her mother and MIL’s corsages; she then gifted them the bracelets for Mother’s Day. The rest ended up just tossing theirs.

Post # 35
340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I gave my bouquet to my grandmother. My grandfather wasn’t able to make it to the wedding due to illness and I wanted to do something to make her feel special. I didn’t miss it at all, but this past summer my husband had a painting of the bouquet commissioned for our fourth anniversary (fruit/flowers theme). It was a sweet choice and brings back the best memories. I’d recommend it for anyone who isn’t keen to hang on to dried flowers.

Post # 36
2588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Planted the succulents from the bouquet. The rest I dried and plopped down on my mantle. Sitting there six months later. 

3/6 bridesmaids took their succulents home from their bouquets and have them growing as well! 

Post # 37
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017



I really want to do this! I’ve been eyeing some jars on etsy. I left my bouquet in a vase over my honeymoon though so I have no clue how well it will hold up but I am going to try!

Post # 38
305 posts
Helper bee

I am remarrying at 48, and I have a grown daughter. I wont be having a traditional bouquest toss at the reception and instead I will be handing it to her. And she can do with it as she chooses.

Post # 39
2777 posts
Sugar bee

I had meant to dry mine, but this thread JUST made me realize I forgot to haha (we got married in August). 

I think what you can do with it might depend on what kind of flowers you have too – whether they dry well, whether they’re colorful etc. That jar idea looks great! Wish I’d done that. 

Post # 40
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - SLS Las Vegas

naomi01 :  I’ve already prepaid for a service that sends you a box and you must get it to them in 3 days and they freeze dry it. So the flowers will forever look like a fresh bouquet. 

Post # 41
5779 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

It’s customary where I live to visit the cemetery the day after and lay your bouquet down for a family member.

Post # 42
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I think possibly one of my bridesmaids or my Mother-In-Law took it home the next day. I honestly don’t know what happened to it but I wasn’t planning on keeping it.

Post # 43
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

zzar45 :  

I’ve never heard of that tradition but it’s a beautiful idea! Where are you from?

Post # 44
860 posts
Busy bee

naomi01 :  I took lots of upclose photos of it, just to ensure I had enough 🙂 And then my sister took some of my main flowers and “dried” them in these weird little pellet things that looks kind of like tiny, white packing peanuts. I wish I knew what they were called–she got them at a craft store. 

Post # 45
1058 posts
Bumble bee

I dried mine with these pellets you can buy at the craft store. If I recall correctly they change color when completely dry. It was a waste. It didn’t turn out well and frankly wasn’t all that pretty to look at anymore so I chucked it. 

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