How to Preserve Wedding Flowers
By Jennifer Edwards Milam
Preserving your wedding flowers is a great statement of nostalgia and is something you'll have for the rest of your life. Learn how to preserve your wedding flowers forever with help from a professional event stylist in this video on wedding flowers.View Transcript
Hi, I'm Jennifer Edwards Milam with Reveal Event Style and I'm going to be speaking about preserving your wedding flowers. Preserving your bouquet is a great statement in nostalgia. It's something that you'll have for the rest of your life to show to your children just to look at upon yourself and hold it and just remember that day and how it felt to be the bride. I think it's a lovely notation and something that should be really thought out before you pick your bouquet and the design isn't so much as important as the elements that you put into it. Elements such as roses are fantastic. They're easy. You just dry them off. Hang them upside down in a cool dark space just like this and keep in there for a few weeks and kind of check on them. Do not cover them up. A lot of people make the mistake of covering them in plastic and then putting them away. That creates mold so definitely not that. Make sure they're dry as possible. Once you can expect if you do decide to do your own preservation is that even though the flower selection you've chosen does hold its shape and color it's not going to be as vibrant as the day of your wedding so don't be disappointed that it's going to fall several shades muted and that they're probably going to shrivel up a little bit and not be as flourish looking. So, it's going to be a resemblance of your bouquet. It is your bouquet but you know the nature will take its course on it. If you're waiting to preserve your bouquet in its exact form from the day you carried it down the aisle my recommendation is to call a professional company that handles such things. They will send you instructions on how to handle your bouquet. They send you a box with dry eyes and you ship it off and they send it back in a few weeks and that's the best way to insecure that you're going to have. It's going to maintain it's color and shape and everything about it that some of it will look as the day of your wedding and that is a few tips on how to preserve your bouquet.
About the Expert
Jennifer Edwards Milam brings more than 12 years of unique experience in all areas of entertaining, celebrations and lifestyle together in the form of Reveal Event Style. Her experience has afforded her to design for clients all over the world, including film, television and appearances in various publications. She has guided events from intimate garden weddings to weeklong fetes. Her background is rich in the study of art, design, architecture, professional commentary and especially floriculture. She has participated in competitions and was awarded for her bridal-themed designs in affiliation with the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). She has conducted design programs for American Institute of Floral Designer members, as well as for flower societies and bridal shows in Los Angeles and Nashville.
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