For so long, our brides were asking us what to do with their bouquets after their weddings--and really we didn't have a very great answer... most of the time just, dry it? I kept my bouquet after our wedding and let it dry just by laying it flat on a piece of waxpaper (well, my grandmother kept it for me). I think there are companies that freeze dry your bouquet, but I've also heard that's pretty expensive too (I don't think that any of our brides have had that done??)
I'm not exactly sure how we came up with the idea, but I think a lot of it was to do with our Assistant Designer, Alex! She and I were brainstorming and mentioned doing a pressed flower workshop, but ended with, let's press bouquets! Alex had a flower press, and she so graciously let me take it over (lol Alex, I owe you a new flower press!!)
The result was a pretty interesting piece of memorabilia! Our brides went crazy for this offer, and we have had so many brides from other states who want to preserve their bouquets with us too! We have plans to preserve a bouquet from Michigan, and one from Oregon!
So far, we have probably pressed around 5-6 bouquets, and almost all of our brides this year have selected the preservation option, which we are pretty pumped about. We have noticed some pretty interesting things throughout the drying process--mainly just how different flowers need different love and care--hyacinths are not a favorite to dry... the petals just fall off so easily. Still working on that one... Ranunculus are so great to dry! Everything changes color a lot too, but that kind of adds to the nostalgia I think!
After the flowers are dried out, we assemble the leaves and blooms as close as we can to how the bouquet looked, and finish it off with the bridal bouquet ribbon--we just kind of lay that down in a similar shape to how it was on the bouquet. Most of the time, we can't use every single piece of dried flowers and greenery because it would just be too much in the frame and it wouldn't close, so we save the extra dried pieces in a little bag just in case our client wants to use it for something special! (Same with the ribbon too!)
After Loftur and I got married, my grandmother saved my bouquet for my by laying it down on a piece of wax paper--the effect was pretty cool! I did take out one rose as a keepsake. For our first Christmas after we got married, I got a frame and put a bunch of our wedding stuff in it, including that rose, his boutonniere, invitations, some photos, my bracelet, earrings, and some other stuff I can't really remember... That was my big idea haha. I think it turned out okay! Anyway--here are some pictures of our bouquet preservation!