Creative ways to preserve your wedding florals

Wedding florals are one of the most stunning parts of the wedding day. They are a personal and creative detail that is a small reflection of the day. Often times bouquets and florals are thrown out after a wedding. Before throwing out your wedding bouquet and florals consider one of these creative ways to preserve your wedding florals after your wedding day:

  • Preserve your wedding bouquet
  • Find a place to donate your wedding bouquet
  • Gift your wedding florals to friends and family

Keep reading to learn more about creative and sustainable ideas on what you can do with your wedding florals once your big day has passed.

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10 creative ways to preserve your wedding bouquet

Your wedding bouquet is a beautiful reminder of your special day, and you may want to preserve it for years to come. Here are some creative ways to do just that:

1. Press your wedding bouquet

This is a great way to preserve the shape and color of your blooms. Simply place your bouquet between two pieces of wax paper and press under heavy books for two to three weeks. Once pressed, you can frame your bouquet or use it to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

2. Dry your wedding bouquet

This is a simple way to preserve your bouquet, and it will last for years. Start by hanging your bouquet upside down in a dark, dry place. Once the blooms are completely dried out (this can take several weeks), you can store them in an airtight container.

3. Make potpourri

This is a great way to enjoy the scent of your wedding flowers for years to come. Simply place your dried flowers in a bowl or jar, add a few drops of essential oil, and cover with a lid. Shake the mixture every few days, and enjoy the fragrance as it fills your home.

4. Use your wedding florals to create a shadow box

This is a beautiful way to display your bouquet, and it’s also a great way to preserve it. Simply place your bouquet in a shadow box, and seal it with glass or Plexiglas. You can then hang your shadow box on the wall or place it on a shelf.

5. Make a boutonniere

This is a great way to preserve a single flower from your bouquet. Simply remove the stem from your flower, and glue it to a piece of card stock. You can then frame your boutonniere or place it in a shadow box.

6. Create a scented sachet with your wedding florals

This is a lovely way to keep your wedding bouquet smelling fresh for years to come. Simply place your dried flowers in a small bag, and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. You can then hang your sachet in your closet or place it in a drawer.

7. Make a wreath with your wedding florals

This is a beautiful way to display your wedding bouquet, and it’s also a great way to preserve it. Simply remove the blooms from your bouquet, and glue them to a piece of card stock. Once the glue is dry, you can then hang your wreath on the wall or door.

8. Preserve your bouquet in resin

This is a great way to preserve the color and shape of your blooms. Simply place your bouquet in a mold, and pour resin over it. Once the resin is dry, you can then remove your bouquet from the mold and display it in a shadow box or on a shelf.

9. Create a pressed flower art

This is a beautiful way to display your wedding bouquet, and it’s also a great way to preserve it. Simply press your flowers, and then use them to create a piece of art. You can frame your pressed flower art, or hang it on the wall.

10. Make a candle with your wedding flowers

This is a great way to enjoy the scent of your wedding flowers for years to come. Simply place your dried flowers in a glass jar, and add a votive candle. As the candle burns, the fragrance of your flowers will fill the room.

Places to donate your wedding florals after your wedding day

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Not everyone is crafty or wants to keep their wedding florals. A great alternative to keeping your wedding florals or crafting with them is to donate them locally. If you’re looking to donate your wedding flowers after your big day, here are a few places to consider:

1. Donate your wedding florals to Local hospitals or nursing homes

Many hospitals and nursing homes accept donations of fresh flowers to brighten up the patients’ rooms.

2. Senior centers

Senior centers are another great option for flower donations, as the seniors often enjoy having fresh flowers to brighten up their day.

3. Homeless shelters

Homeless shelters can also benefit from flower donations, as they can help to bring a bit of beauty and happiness into the lives of those who are going through a tough time.

4. Women’s shelters

Women’s shelters could also really benefit from flower donations. You can donate your wedding florals to a local women’s shelter to help to make the women feel special and appreciated.

5. Children’s hospitals

Children’s hospitals are always in need of fresh flowers to brighten up the rooms and lift the spirits of the young patients. Check with your local children’s hospital to see if they are accepting donations and coordinate with someone to help drop them off after your wedding day.

Gift your wedding florals to friends and family

If planning out a craft to preserve your florals or coordinating a donation is too much effort on your end, you can always gift your wedding florals to friends and family. Who doesn’t love a beautiful bouquet or bunch of eucalyptus? It’s a great way to show appreciation to your family members and wedding party for being a part of your day.

Conclusion: what should you do with your wedding flowers?

There you have it, there are so creative ways to preserve your wedding florals after your big day. You can choose to preserve your wedding bouquet and florals, donate them to a local organization, or gift them to friends and family. If you are still considering discarding them, we highly recommend at the very least composting instead of throwing into the trash. Throwing a wedding can create a lot of waste, and with how beautiful and stunning flowers are it would be so sad to see them go to waste.

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