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Hold back from throwing your bouquet over your shoulder if you want to preserve it

If the bride wants to keep with tradition and toss her bouquet, consult with your florist to have a stand-in made for you, so you can keep the original for preservation.

Freeze drying or warm air circulation are the most popular ways to preserve your wedding flowers, but, it's probably best done by the specialist, if you want your flowers as a wonderful keepsake, that will last for many, many years.

It's not just the wedding bouquet that can be preserved, but the groom’s buttonhole too, mother’s corsage or bridesmaid’s flowers.

If you want to keep your bouquet but haven't budgeted for a specialist preservation, hang flowers in a ventilated area. The easiest and most effective way to dry most flowers is to tie them in small bundles with twine, raffia or ribbons, and hang them upside down, out of direct sunlight in a warm, well-ventilated place.

Dry large flowers individually and others in small bunches of the same type. The drying period can range from one week to several weeks depending on the type of material and the humidity of the place where they are drying. Once dried, store in a large glass urn or bowl, preferably with a lid, so you can look at them for many years to come. Or, you can lay them in a simple basket if you don't plan to keep them forever.

Drying Wedding Flowers
Preserving Bouquet