You may have known exactly what it would look like before you knew who you would marry.You may have painstakingly debated about what composition would fit just right. Looked at magazines. Talked with friends. Gotten advice from your mother.
You may have spent a lot of time picking out just the right florist. Explaining your vision. Discussing your overall look.It's with you as you begin a transformative chapter of your life. A symbol of your vibrant, growing love:
Your bridal bouquet.
Bouquets are one of the most pivotal and beautifully expressive aspects of wedding traditions. So much time, effort, and money are spent on picking out the most gorgeous florals for the big day. But sadly, the most common fate for bouquets is hanging upside down in a closet or bedroom forgotten. After a few years, the bouquet is dried and fragile. Falling apart. Unfortunately, most inevitably end up in the trash.
Freeze Dry Preservation:
Many brides are unaware that there are other, much more pleasant options for the flowers that accompany them into that big, exciting journey that is marriage. "Good Housekeeping Magazine" rates freeze drying as the best preservation method available for flowers.
When flowers are taken to a freeze dry florist an intricate process begins. First, every arrangement is disassembled so every flower can be treated differently and uniquely. After being placed in a regular freezer for at least 24 hours, the flowers are transferred to an industrial freeze dry machine and subjected to a deep vacuum for 14 days. The flowers are then color treated, shatter proofed, and rearranged into the client's choice of design.
For the longest possible preservation (a lifetime), flowers must be sealed and protected from UV light. Most flowers are placed into shadow boxes and sealed with UV panes, but there are other options as well.
How To Get Your Bouquet Preserved:
The first thing you'll need to do is reach out to a freeze-dried florist in your area ahead of your wedding date. Freeze-dried florists are unusual and have a tendency to take a limited amount of clients per month. As a general rule, the fresher the flowers look when they are taken to the freeze-dried florist, the better the end results will be. So flowers need to be taken in as soon as possible.
After your event: DO NOT place them in the freezer!
1) Place them in a container with water or moisten the green oasis in your bouquet holder.
2) Store in a refrigerator or cooler with ice packs away from fruits and veggies. Again, be careful not to let the flowers get TOO cold in the fridge.
3) Some florists are willing to pick up bouquets for a fee, or make an appointment to drop them off within 5 days of the ceremony.
Floral preservation is a great thing to keep in mind as you are not only planning your wedding but looking into your future marriage. What a lovely reminder and way to honor the shared devotion of vows made. A symbol of the connection that will be kept in your home for many years to come.
Article written by:
Leslie Williamson of Redfox Designs
All photos are the work of Redfox Designs.
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