If you’re up in the air about whether to toss your bridal bouquet or preserve your wedding keepsake, there are some things to keep in mind. This long-standing wedding tradition has evolved over time – in fact, brides used to toss the garter. The bridal bouquet toss honors wedding tradition, entertains guests and makes an amusing photograph. But like the gorgeous centerpieces that are often given to family and friends by day’s end, your cherished bridal bouquet can become another woman’s token. You can have a smaller bouquet or another bridal keepsake to throw for this Kodak moment; similar to the toss garter, which allows a bride to keep hers for years to come.
For do-it-yourself brides, there are ways to preserve your bridal bouquet at home. Remember hanging beloved flower bouquets upside down in a dark closet for weeks? You can remove moisture with drying agents, such as sand, silica gel or borax, to preserve your own bouquet. Or, you can press flowers and make an arrangement. But paying extra to have your bouquet professionally preserved guarantees a beautiful, lasting result and offers several display options. Bouquet preservation is a laborious process that includes the freeze-dried method or pressing flowers to create a unique wedding keepsake. Keep your budget in mind when choosing the bouquet design. Many bouquet preservation companies offer the following options for your bridal flowers: shadowboxes, oval frames, pressed flowers, tabletop displays (domes and pyramids) and jewelry boxes. Floral preservation isn’t just for the bridal bouquet, however, it can also be used for wedding boutonnieres, corsages, centerpieces and floral arrangements. In the end, it’s a personal choice and you will have cherished memories either way. Inquire with floral preservation companies, such as Keepsake Floral and Shanel’s Flowers and Frames, prior to deciding whether to toss or keep your bridal bouquet. Check the Internet and with local floral vendors to find a reputable bouquet preservationist. Bouquet jewelry adds sparkle to any wedding flower arrangement, so visit Advantage Bridal to see our wide selection of bridal accessories!