Friday, November 13, 2009

How can I dry a bridal bouquet?

My daughter would like her bouquet, now 36 hours old to be dried, as well as the cake top floral decoration. Predominately white flowers.

How can I dry a bridal bouquet?
Yes you can dry them by hanging them upside down. It is best if they are hanging free from walls so they are not flattened on one side. I'm sure a florist can also help you with sprays or other ways to keep dried flowers from crumbling.
Reply:Hang it upside down tied over a soft space so if it falls it wont break them.
Reply:ideal conditions: 1) darkness; 2) very good airflow; 3) cool updrafts; 4) perfect (usually) humidity levels. Once you have cut your flowers, it is important to remove them from the sunlight as soon as possible. This, along with drying in the dark, is the most important factor in maintaining good color


Duration of drying time depends on many factors including humidity, temperature, airflow, and the type of flower you are drying. In certain conditions, some flowers can dry in 24 hours. A dried flower should feel stiff and ‘dry’, not limp or damp.


Storing Dried Flowers


We recommend wrapping the flowers in newspaper and placing them in a cardboard box.Do not store the box containing the dried flowers where it is unusually damp (some basements) or very dry (some attics).
Reply:The nbest way is to hang it upside down in the airing cupboard or take it to a pro so they can treat it.. but it really does make a difference how secure it is, if its flimsy dont do it your self just in case its ruened
Reply:hang it upside-down and spray lighly with hairspray.
Reply:Your wedding bouquet can be kept for decades to come. The preservation method you choose will depend on the type of flowers in the bouquet and the look you want for your preserved bouquet.


Instructions


STEP 1: Preserve the bouquet yourself or let a professional do it for you. Make this decision well in advance of the wedding date as all methods of preservation require that the treatment begin no later than one to four days after the wedding. STEP 2: Keep in mind that some home methods of flower preservation can take days or weeks to complete. Will you have the time to monitor the process yourself? Will you be able to begin the preservation process immediately after the wedding? STEP 3: Choose to have your bouquet professionally freeze-dried if you want the resulting bouquet to look as realistic as possible. The elements of the bouquet are taken apart, freeze-dried if possible, and then put back into the original arrangement. This method will take three to four weeks to complete. STEP 4: Choose to have your bouquet professionally pressed. The bouquet is taken apart, the flowers are pressed, and then they are rearranged and framed. Even though the flowers will be flattened, the original silhouette of the bouquet can be achieved. This method takes 8 to 10 weeks. STEP 5: Make bouquet preservation arrangements in advance of the wedding date. The preservationist will give you instructions on how to care for and transport your bouquet. STEP 6: Expect to pay $100 and up to have your bouquet professionally preserved. The price will depend on the size of the bouquet and any additional services, such as special frames or glass enclosures. If there is no professional in your area, you will also have to pay to have the bouquet shipped overnight. STEP 7: Use drying agents such as sand, silica gel or borax to preserve your own bouquet at home. The process involves covering each flower completely with the chosen substance to draw out moisture. See "Preserve Flowers With Sand," under Related eHows, for instructions. STEP 8: Press the flowers from your bouquet at home. See "Press Flowers," under Related eHows, for information and instructions. Frame your own pressed arrangement. STEP 9: Create your own dried flower bouquet. This is perhaps the simplest preservation method to accomplish at home. Take the bouquet apart and hang the individual flowers to dry. Reassemble the bouquet. Take care with the resulting brittle petals and stems. Tips %26amp; Warnings


Look for professionals in bouquet preservation on the Internet or in the yellow pages. Your florist will also be able to make a recommendation.


Ask your florist which method of preservation will work best with your chosen flowers. Some flower types cannot be successfully freeze-dried.


Look for preservation price packages. Some companies will preserve corsages and boutonnieres free when you have the bride's bouquet preserved.


Keep flowers in a cooler until they are ready to be transported or preserved at home. Put ice in the cooler, cover it with plastic and then set the bouquet on top. Keep the bouquet from being submerged in water. If your flowers are arranged in floral foam, keep the foam saturated.


Keep in mind that no method of preservation can keep the look of fresh flowers. Freeze-drying and pressing will alter the flower colors the least of all preservation methods.


Have your wedding invitation, wedding program or an elegantly written copy of your wedding vows framed along with a pressed arrangement.


See "Dry Flowers," under Related eHows, for instructions on air-drying your bouquet. Consider making potpourri from flowers that do not stay intact.
Reply:Hang them upside down like the others are saying, and then get an extra hold, nice smelling, hair spray and spray all the flowers, this will keep them from losing any pedals as they dry, it will also give them a nice smell and preserve them for longer.
Reply:check out the craft store- they sell some stuff that helps dry them out a little nicer then they might naturally. Micheals or Acmoore- they sell this crystal stuff you put with it to stop mold.
Reply:we hung the bouquet in the garage upside down to dry and the decorations just put in an airtight container or behind some glass in a cabinet... some people freeze them i think also.


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