(Closed) Should I get my bouquet preserved?

posted 4 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Did you preserve your bouquet?
    Yes and I'm glad I did! : (5 votes)
    12 %
    Yes and it was a waste of money : (2 votes)
    5 %
    No and I wish I did : (2 votes)
    5 %
    No and I wouldn't change it : (33 votes)
    79 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

    @nawella:  honestly it seems like a waste. what are you going to do with it? it’s the type of thing that wouldn’t store very well, so it would have to be on display all the time. I feel like photos are a better way to “preserve”.

    Post # 4
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    203 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @nawella:  I was a bridesmaid for my Aunty when I was younger, and she had all of the bouquets professionally preserved and framed.

    She had hers framed with the Certificate of Marriage, and it is displayed on their wall some 10+ years later. She gave the bridesmaids our bouquets as a gift after the wedding, and for a long time it was on display in my parent’s house.

    I intend on doing the same thing and having my bouquet dried and framed. I am very sentimental about things like that though, and have dried flowers from my cousin’s and friend’s wedding (bridesmaid in one, caught the bouquet in the other) and might try to build frames for them to give as anniversary gifts.

    Post # 5
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    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I didn’t preserve mine and I don’t regret it at all! 

    Post # 6
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    2955 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    I think it’s a waste to preserve your flowers and to be honest they don’t look pretty preserved anyway.  My sister did this and they look awful IMO:(

    Post # 7
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    508 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I didn’t do it for my first wedding and never regretted it.  I am not doing it for this one.

    Post # 8
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    2657 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I didnt. I did keep the ribbon that it was in though.

    Post # 9
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    4040 posts
    Honey bee

    @nawella: Hmmm…as a cheaper, more practical alternative, why not dry the flowers yourself and do something like this…

     

     

    Post # 11
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    1498 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My sister preserved her bouquet and put it in a frame with her wedding invitation. It looks beautiful. It’s kind of big though, so not sure if I will do that or have a shadow box with less bulky items.

    Post # 12
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    2204 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I like to get some of the flowers that were in my bouquet on special occasions and definitely on our anniversary.

    I did keep the ribbon from my bouquet though And got lots of photos 🙂

    Post # 14
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    2073 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I dried mine myself. I think it turned out pretty good considering it wasn’t a professional job. 

    Before

    After

    Post # 15
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    338 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @bmo88:  Wow this is too cute – what a good idea 🙂

    Post # 16
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    974 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I didn’t have mine preserved (I don’t think, not even sure what it is exactly but it sounds more expensive than what happened to mine so correct me if I’m wrong!).

    The friend who’s house we had our wedding at, I left it there, and told her she could have it (she LOVES flowers and did so much for us).  She asked if I just really didn’t want it and I said ” I can’t take them with.  They will be dead by the time we get back in a week even if the cat wouldn’t eat them and I would try to preserve them or something but I’m leaving at 4am for the honeymoon so enjoy them!  Do what you want with them.”. She hairsprayed it, hung it from a hanger (repeat a couple times) while we were on our honeymoon (1 week).  Then got a flower spray thing from Michael’s (~$4) and gave me which my husband sprayed on outside (it had a scent, I’m allergic lol) twice.  Because of that scent it was banished back to hanging upside down in our spare closet for months.

    Now it looks like dried flowers, exactly the physical shape of the bouquet.  Neat thing is one of the types of flowers (I suck at what’s what of flowers but could probably find out if anyone really wants to know) is super bright dark purple and looks exactly like it did alive seven months later.  The baby’s breath and greenery look live too. The rest just look like dried flowers.

    I’m not very girly and allergic to any flower that smells (so just picking flowers was an ordeal!), and it being special (wedding!) flowers, saving them somehow is pretty neat to me. 🙂

    ETA: The treatment my friend gave my bouquet she found online several places, then she said she called several local florists and they recommended the same thing for do it yourself drying of the bouquet as a whole.

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