One of the things I loved most about my wedding was the flowers, especially my bouquet. I had gone through two consultations with my florist prior to the wedding but, admittedly, was having a difficult time imagining what the finished product would look like. (It didn’t help that I have very little knowledge of flowers, or plant-life in general for that matter.)
I had brought several inspiration photos to the first meeting and was dismayed to learn that most of my desired florals weren’t in season. My florist assured me that her suggested alternatives would be just as a beautiful and, leaving it to the professional, I trusted all of her suggestions.
I remember getting ready the morning of the wedding, somewhat frantically running around doing eight million things but stopped dead when the flowers were delivered. They were gorgeous – more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.
And my bouquet? Breathtaking. Leading up to the wedding, I definitely questioned my own vision from time to time (totally normal for brides) but felt so happy with all of my decisions when I saw that bouquet. It was the proverbial icing on top. Holding that bouquet made me feel like a bride.
After the wedding, Andy and I immediately started getting ready for our honeymoon to Maui and Kauai. I was incredibly excited for our trip, but kept thinking how sad it was that all of my flowers would die while we were away.
I was on a mission to preserve some of these pieces and made a special trip to my florist’s shop before embarking on our honeymoon. After talking it through with her, she provided me with a simple solution to preserve my flowers for many years to come. She even showed me her own preserved flowers from her son’s wedding – over 20 years ago!
Following her advice, this is what I did to preserve my wedding bouquet & Andy’s boutonniere (and spare boutonniere – which, by the way, is an excellent low-budget add that is totally worth having in your floral proposal should anything go awry).
If preserving multiple flowers, tie the stems together tightly with string.
Spray flowers lightly with hairspray.
Hang flowers upside down in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. Closets are perfect!
Allow them to dry for a week or two.
Once dried, feel free to give them another dose of hairspray.
Take them down and enjoy them forever!
I’ll admit, I’m super excited about how our florals turned out and have been enjoying displaying them in our home. They are a great every-day reminder of how perfect our wedding was and how exciting our life together is bound to be.