(Closed) Need help with info for freeze drying my bouquet after the wedding, supplies,etc

posted 11 years ago in Pittsburgh
Post # 3
19 posts

I don’t know of anyone that “freeze dries” bouquets, but if you want to try it yourself…  Get some silica gel from Micheals or A C. Moore.  You will need a large bucket of it, if you are going to dry your bouquet intact.

Remove any ribbons, bows, bouquet holder if you can, and hopefully there is no excess moisture in the foam the flowers are secured in.  If your bouquet was stems wrapped in ribbon, then you might want to leave it as is, although the ribbon might change color in this process.

Use a container slightly larger than your bouquet.  Place a few inches of the silica in the bottom, and then gently lay your bouquet on top.  Gently pour more silica around your bouquet, supporting the flowers from underneath, inside the flowers, inside the bouquet, making sure the flowers are well covered and supported so that they will not be crushed by the weight of the silica gel.  You can also dry your husbands boutanierre too.  Test this out before hand if you want with some flowers from the garden.  Flowers of varying thickness will take longer than others.  And probably, somewhere on this fabulous internet, if you “Google” drying flowers in silica gel, you will find a tutorial more complete than what I have mentioned here!

The colors come out fabulous, at least in my experience.  You do not need to spray them.  I made the mistake of spraying some with a “Victorian spray” and beautiful flowers that looked like they were fresh picked then looked like they were dried upside down.  The bride loved them anyway.  There are clear coat sprays, I am sure.  Or, the flowers can be carefully dipped in wax.  But that is a very, very tricky and messy process.

I hope I have helped!  Have fun!

Post # 4
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Oriental Trading (http://www.orientaltrading.com/party-supplies/wedding-a1-377344-1-0.fltr) has some nice things that are really inexpensive.  You can even get personalized serving sets and flutes.  They’re not sterling silver or anything, but they do the job and look great!

Actually, they’ll probably have everything that you’re looking for including an aisle runner and petals.  We did our aisle runner through our florist (did you check to see if your florists sold aisle runners) and we went with him because it was basically the same price, but he would set it up and secure it to the floor and everything (one less thing to worry about!)

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