(Closed) Floral Preservation worth it?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

another piece of clutter for your house. Invest the 500$ in your photographer and a photobook or canvas. The inexpensive ones look very old fashioned in my opinion and more like something that my mom would have had done in the 80s.

Post # 4
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I didn’t do it, but I just dried my bouquet, and have it in a box in the closet (next to my dress 😀 which I also haven’t preserved…).  I also dried my sister’s Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquet!  They’re holding up pretty well as dried bouquets.

Post # 5
1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I totally don’t think it’s worth it… I think most brides end up with SO many things left over after the wedding (guestbook, photos, video, maybe leftover favors, jewelry, non-toss garter, etc.) that I don’t think it’s worth keeping your bouquet unless it holds a very particular meaning for you. (I studied plant biology in college, I LOVE flowers, but I am not preserving my bouquet… I’d rather save the money to buy fresh flowers every once in a while!).

If you are still sold on preserving your flowers, though, I think one of the main differences between the two vendors you posted pics of above is that the second (cheaper) one used less trendy/modern flowers and definitely included more items in the shadowbox. If you don’t want it to look as cluttered, don’t include the toasting glasses, unity candle, etc. – the first two pictures you posted look much more clean and elegant because they are less cluttered. They also matched the frames to the bouquets better – if you have a say, you should make sure you carefully match the frame to your bouquet so it comes together better.

Post # 6
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I plan on just drying the bouquet myself!

I dried my corsage from prom, and it’s still fine 😉

Post # 8
4951 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I preserved my bouquet myself with a kit from the craft store. This was in 1996 (first wedding). I have never once looked at it or even opened it from the box I put it in with the powder used to preserve it! It’s been up in the attic since 1996.

Honestly, I haven’t been into preserving and keeping flowers I’ve received since I was in high school, so spending $500 on something like that would be a total waste for me. I’d use that money elsewhere (photog, honeymoon, etc.).


Post # 11
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I just pulled my bouquet out of silica. It was all tulips and a few fell apart but it is good enough for a shadow box and cost me 12.99 for the silica beads that happen to be reusable.

Post # 12
233 posts
Helper bee

The expensive place looks elegant and classy.  I like it.  The cheaper place has examples that (in my humble opinion) look cluttered. 


Post # 14
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Firinne:  lol well I don’t know if there’s a particular technique… I do mine the old-fashioned (maybe redneck) way… hang ’em upside-down until they dry out!

Post # 15
1 posts

Jennawesbren:  you’re the first person on any blog I’ve found that had an all tulip bouquet! Mine is too, and I’ve been searching on how/best DIY method to save my bouquet without taking it apart. Can you tell me a little of what you did?



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