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Preserving Your Bouquet

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You can press some blooms in the pages of a book or hang the bouquet upside down in a dark place and let it dry naturally. Then, spray the flowers with an acrylic spray made for dried flowers to keep the petals form falling off. It is important to note however, that these methods, while great for your wallet, do not preserve the form or colors of the original bouquet.

You can also use silica gel for drying. Place the bouquet carefully in a box with silica gel under the bouquet. Then, carefully pour more silica gel in. Be sure to get the gel in between all the petals and cover the bouquet completely. When dry, spray to hold the blooms intact.

Or, for a professional preservation, you can freeze-dry your blooms. This method keeps the most true-to-life results in terms of flower shapes and colors.

No matter which method you choose, for best results, the bouquet should be preserved as soon after the wedding as possible. Many professional services will be unable to preserve your bouquet if the blooms have been too badly dried out, bruised or otherwise damaged. To keep yours in top shape, you may want to consider getting a tossing bouquet for the reception and leaving your actual ceremony bouquet in a safe place where it won't get bruised or crushed. Sometimes brides will immediately have the bouquet stored in the refrigerator or in

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