DIY: How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet

DIY: How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet
A wedding is just the start of a lifelong journey with the love of your life. But just because the dress is stored away and the cake is gobbled up doesn’t mean it’s time to put the memorable day behind you. In fact, you’ll want to preserve every
minute detail that you possibly can.

Among them? The flowers.

Here are a handful of ways you can preserve your one-of-a-kind wedding bouquet:

1. Press the flowers: Once you’ve selected the flowers you’d like to press (um, all of them, duh), spread them out on a clean sheet of parchment paper. Then, put another sheet of parchment paper on top, and lay a heavy book on the flowers. Add more weights, like extra books or a dumb bell, to ensure the flowers are totally flattened. Leave the pressed flowers untouched for at least a week, so they have plenty of time to dry and take on their new shape. Once time’s up, and you’ve unveiled the pressed bouquet, arrange them to your liking in a glass frame. The final step, of course, is to hang the handmade home décor in a place where you and your partner can see easily see them and reminisce of the beautiful day. P.S. You can use this same method to create a shadowbox.

2. Make a paperweight: Use a clear epoxy resin to preserve your flowers in a spherical paperweight. First, get a rounded mold from your local craft store. Fill it halfway with the resin, and delicately arrange the flowers in the fluid. Then, fill the rounded weight to the top, and let it dry. Remove the mold to reveal a mini bouquet that will remain in bloom forever.


3. Craft an ornament: Not just a Christmas decal! This little globe can hang above your dining room table year-round, or from a windowsill in the kitchen on your anniversary. Either fill the ornament with petals or entire dried buds. (And of course, it’ll look great on that Christmas tree…)


4. Hang the flowers upside-down: Gather the stems of your flowers and tie them tightly together with a ribbon of your choice Then, hang the entire bundle upside-down in a dry, room-temp area. In a couple of weeks, the flowers should be completely dried up. Hang them from the front door, lean them on a shelf, or tie them onto the bathroom mirror.


5. Get an artist to replicate them: It’s not the real deal, but it’s still a beautiful way to showcase your bouquet. Have an artist draw or paint the florals with materials of your choice — watercolor, oil pastels, pencils etc. — and frame the image alongside other photos and artworks of you and your bride/groom.

Chances are, when it comes to your wedding, the bouquet is just the beginning
of memories you want to preserve.

To ensure photos and videos from your special day are never lost, come to
Southtree, where we digitize prints onto a thumb drive or DVD, while preserving
your original copies. After all, you don’t want the bouquet to be your only memory
of your special day!
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