Post # 1
My wedding planner is GREAT and she loves sending me my monthly to-do list (bonus – I am one month ahead of schedule!) and this week I started looking at my August list and was baffled – “preserving your bridal bouquet – look into options”
Did you guys do this? I do NOT like trinkets and am not sentimental about flowers and wouldn’t even KNOW how to store them. Ideas? Thoughts? Opinions?
Post # 3
I think there was a Knot article on it but it seemed really complicated. I figured I would try to dry them myself and if it didn’t work out, that’s okay too! I plan on just putting them in a vase and hopefully it will look alright. I did a little research and some people just ended up drying them and then spraying them with hair spray to preserve them 😛
Post # 4
I’d be really excited to preserve my bouquet, but I already press flowers for a hobby. If you don’t want another trinket, and you aren’t sentimental about flowers, then there’s no reason for you to preserve your bouquet. I’m sure you wedding planner put it on your list so you didn’t end up scrambling with wilting flowers.
You looked into the options, and you opted for “no”.
Post # 5
I definitely didn’t do this. It was 95ºF on my wedding day and after our pictures, my bouquet was done for. lol. I did think about it though, because I have every corsage from all the high school dances I went to with my husband dried and in a box, along with the first rose he ever gave me and a few others… it would’ve been cool to add the wedding bouquet to the collection. It just was not in good shape after all the heat. lol.
Post # 6
I left them with my mom. She said she would try to dry them, but they were sitting in water for at least 3 days after the wedding. If it worked, great! If not, it’s not going to bother me. She still had company after I left and I haven’t heard anything so there’s a good chance she forgot all about it.
Post # 7
I decided to have my bouquet preserved. I’m glad I did, because I don’t have a lot of pictures of my bouquet and it was breathtakingly beautiful (in my opinion!).
I’m not normally sentimental about that sort of thing, and I’m not one for trinkets either, but for whatever reason, it was really important to me to do this. Right now it’s in the preservation process and I have a phone appointment later this month to decide how I want the finished keepsake to look.
Post # 8
I made sachets from the dried flowers. My bouquets were lavender (already dry), so this was easy for me. I have one forgotten Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquet on a shelf just b/c I thought it was pretty and not “weddingy”.
Post # 9
I am self preserving because it cost over $100 to do it professiongaly. It it works, great. If not, it won’t bother me. I love my florist so I’ll have her create other arrangements.
Post # 10
Voted NO only because if it doesn’t matter to you personally, then why bother with it.
I personally REALLY want to have my bouquet as a keepsake, so I’m not doing flowers (that’s not the whole reason I’m not doing flowers, but one of them). I’m going to make my bouquet out of felt pinwheels 🙂
Post # 11
I’m not preserving, I can’t imagine what on earth I’d do with it after the wedding is over!
Post # 12
I voted yes, but I also have a comment.
I used real touch flowers for my bouquet because 1) I am deathly allergic to all flowers, 2) Real touch flowers look amazingly real, 3) I have a beautiful keepsake bouquet that will last forever without having to preserve it, and 4) I can look at my bouquet everday and remember how special our wedding was.
Post # 13
I’m not preserving it per se, but I’m going to plant the succulent cuttings and hope they’ll grow, and I’ll be making the petals from the flowers into beads that I will turn into jewelry.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I want to do this with my bouquet
Post # 15
If you’re not the sentimental type and you aren’t a flower-lover, I see no reason for you to preserve your bouquet. I decided to do this a few weeks prior to the wedding and found a professional to create a vase and nightlight with the flowers.
Post # 16
@mg1363: and @noritake22: it’s nice to have the “non flower” route then because you KNOW what they will look like in five years 🙂
@KristenGotMarried: what a cool idea!
Thanks for the tips bees! I’m pretty sure my cubicle partner at work thinks I’m wedding-insane so I’m thankful I have you guys to ask this question to 🙂