Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Failures In Bouquet Preservation

I’ve shared how much I loved my bridal bouquet, but I didn’t yet share the fact that this very bouquet led to one huge post-wedding disappointment. You see, my bouquet wilted and died before I had a chance to preserve it.

Looking back, I know this was entirely my fault. Sure, I’d read and heard all about bouquet preservation before the wedding, and I thought it sounded like a great idea for those brides who were interested. But as for me? I wasn’t interested, and didn’t see the necessity in shelling out the money. Or so I thought.


The truth is, from the moment I saw my bouquet, I knew I was going to have a major problem on my hands. Though I’d known it would be beautiful, this bouquet was BEAUTIFUL! There was no way I wanted to miss out on the chance to preserve it.

Since I  left for Hawaii the very morning following the wedding, my selfless mom spent time researching and dialing numbers, trying to find someone who could preserve my bouquet before it was too late. But, try as she might, the bouquet’s white roses browned and the entire thing sadly shriveled sooner than she was able to find anyone available who could come through for us.


And so, in the end, my bouquet lives on today only in our photos and video footage, where I love seeing it every time. It was gorgeous, even if it only enjoyed just one amazing day in the sun.

LESSON LEARNED: If you think there’s even a slight chance that you’ll want to preserve your bouquet, or even if you don’t, it never hurts to do a little research before the wedding day rolls around. Otherwise, you just might find yourself out of time and out of luck, the way I did. Plus, if you plan to do a bouquet toss, be sure your florist prepares a special “toss bouquet,” which is usually offered free of charge, so that you don’t have to give yours away.

(Photo Credits: Alex Neumann Photography) 

9 comments:

  1. I'm sorry you couldn't find someone to preserve it in time, but you're right that your bouquet will live on in your photos and videos! And it certainly is/was gorgeous!

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  2. awww sorry that you couldn't find anyone in time!

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  3. Your pictures are still just as beautiful!!!

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  4. I would have loved to keep my flowers too, but there's no way I could have gotten them back in the states. At least I have the pictures though.

    Your bouquet was stunning!

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  5. So sorry you weren't able to preserve your beautiful bouquet! Thank goodness for photographs.

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  6. I'm so sorry you didn't get to preserve your bouquet! I never planned on saving mine (I couldn't figure out what I would do with it after), but my mom saved some of the easy to dry flowers from it for me, and she's planning on putting them in a shadow box with one of our wedding photos as a gift for us.

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  7. I'm sorry it didn't work out! But your photos of them are beautiful. I don't plan to preserve mine. I could maybe see myself drying some, like Morgan mentioned above :)

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  8. So sorry you couldn't preserved the flowers but at least you have a lifetime worth of pictures.

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  9. Sorry it didn't work out. Wedding regrets are the worst.

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