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3 Ways To Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet

If you are planning for your wedding and want to keep your bouquet or any of the wedding flowers, here are three different things that you can do to preserve them.

Freeze Dry Your Flowers

There are companies that will freeze dry your bouquet in its shape for you. This method needs to be done by professionals.

You deliver your bouquet to the flower preservation company, and they will carefully take the bouquet apart. Then, they dehydrate the flowers in a cold, airtight machine that vacuums air out. Then they put the bouquet back together and frame it under glass or in a glass dome.

This can be pricey, but keeps your bouquet looking like new for as long as you want to keep it.

Dry Your Flowers in Silica Gel

This method can be done at home. You will need about ten pounds of silica gel in powder, which you can find in most craft stores. Take the flowers out of your bouquet one by one and clip the stems off.

Fill the inside of each flower with some silica gel and then bury the flowers completely in the remaining silica gel in a plastic container. You want the flowers buried while retaining their shape. Cover the container with a lid and let the flowers sit and dry for two weeks.

Once the flowers are dry, you can rearrange the bouquet with wires and moss onto foam in a vase or bouquet base. Note that it is messy to work with silica gel, so do it outside if you can. When the bouquet is finished, store it in a glass container or shadowbox. 

​Press and Dry Your Flowers

To preserve flowers from your bouquet, you can press the ones you really like between the pages of a thick book or magazine.

All you need is an old newspaper or some thick craft paper, like construction paper, and a thick book. Place the flowers you have chosen on a sheet of construction paper and then put another sheet of construction paper on top of the flowers. Put them between the pages of the book to press them flat. Allow the flowers to dry in the book for about two weeks.

Once the flowers are dried you can arrange them on art paper and glue them down. After the glue dries, you can frame the piece and hang it on the wall or arrange the flowers around a picture from your wedding and keep it in a wedding album.

These three methods of preserving flowers are some of the most popular ways that brides use to keep their bouquets as a keepsake and reminder of their special day. Whichever way you choose to preserve yours, do it as soon as possible after your wedding day, so your bouquet looks fresh.