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How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet:
Six Ways to Save Your Blooms

Summer-Wedding-Bouquet

No bride wants to ever say goodbye to her wedding bouquet. You actually can keep your blooms forever. Learn how to preserve your wedding bouquet.

1. Press the Flowers

Press Peony Bouquet

If you want to press your wedding bouquet, you will need to select as many flowers as you choose and spread them out on clean parchment paper. Lay the parchment paper with the flowers inside the pages of a heavy book. Use a phone book or a textbook. Add another place of parchment paper on the top to keep the flowers with no Inc. and close the book. Weigh it down with something heavy, like a base or other books. Let it dry for 7 to 10 days. Once the flowers are flat and dry you can arrange them and frame them however you like.

2. Hang the Flowers Upside Down

Hang the Flowers Upside Down

Another way in preserving a wedding bouquet is to let them air dry. Gather the stems and tie them together tightly. Hang the entire bouquet upside down in a dry area such as a hallway closet. Let all the flowers air dry. Check back on them in a couple weeks and you will find your bouquet has completely dried.

3. Use Silica Gel to Preserve the Flowers

Silica gel is not an actual gel but it is porous sand that absorbs water and dries flowers in one to seven days. You can get a silica gel at any craft store for less than $10. You will need to form a base of silica gel in an airtight container and put your blooms in the sand. Then gently pour the silica gel around the petals making sure the shape of the flower is what you desire. Keep filling the container until it is full and then seal it with the lid.

Silica gel is useful in preserving the color of the flower. After weeks time remove the flowers carefully and spray them with an artists fixative spray or hairspray.

4. Preserve Your Flowers with Epoxy Resin

Preserve Flowers with Epoxy Resin

You can use this clear epoxy resin to preserve flowers in any shape you desire to decorate with. You can make a paperweight using a spherical mold from your local craft store. You will fill it halfway with the epoxy resin and arrange the flowers in the fluid. Completely fill it to the top and let it dry. After you remove the mold you will have a gorgeous decoration that keeps your wedding blooms forever.

5. Dip Your Wedding Flowers in Wax

Wax flowers are never a permanent form of preservation but they will extend the life of your flowers for six months. He will need paraffin wax in a saucepan. Melt the wax in boiling water until the fluid is smooth and even. Turn the stove to low so the wax mixture cools down but is still warm.

Take your best blooms and gently dip them into the wax solution. Pull them out and hang them upside down immediately. After they dry you have a beautifully preserved flower for months to come.

6. Have Your Flowers Painted

Bridal Bouquet Painting by Linda S. Marino

Having your wedding bouquet pain it is not actually preserving the flower but still a nice way to preserve the bouquet. You can ask a local artist to paint your bouquet and it will live on in your home forever.

Here are many ways you've been looking for to preserve your wedding flowers. Whichever way you choose, remember to act fast. When it comes to preserving flowers, the sooner you do it the better. You want to start the process when the pedals are still vibrant, colorful and unstained. If you wait too long, they will die and become discolored.

If you jet off on honeymoon immediately and don't have time to reserve your flowers, you can always find a local florist who will do the job for you or even give the task to a bridesmaid.