A piece that has a special value for Quinceañeras is the bouquet they carry on their special day.
When the bouquet is artificial there’s no major problem in keeping it, but what happens when your bouquet is made from natural flowers and you want to preserve it?
Is it possible to preserve your bouquet without having dried dull flowers?
The good news is that you can! There are different methods to do it and they will vary in cost. Here we are going to explain some of them.
The methods include air dry, press, silica-gel dry and freeze dry.
This method consists in letting the flowers dry outdoors. This is a very simple method, but the color of the flowers change as they become dry to become dark.
The texture of the flowers also changes leaving them very fragile.
- In a brown paper bag put enough salt to cover the bottom.
- Place the flowers in the bag and move it so the salt cover the petals.
- Take the bag out and place it where under direct sunlight. Leave it there for two days.
- As the days pass take the flowers inside, and hang them upside down in a dark place. The flowers will completely dry in 4 to 6 weeks.
Silica Gel Dry
This is another method you can also do at home.
The flowers are preserved in a better way and the colors remain bright as the first day.
- Cut the stems of the flowers and dispose of them.
- In a plastic box, put a layer of silica gel.
- Carefully place silica inside the flower and put it inside the box.
- Once you have finished a layer of flowers, covered them with silica gel and repeat the process.
- Do not put flowers on top of other flowers, arrange them carefully so they don’t stick together.
- Finish with a layer of gel and close the box . Wait at least two weeks before removing them.
- Two weeks later you’ll be surprised to see that the flowers are just like the first day they got in the box.
Flower press is done professionally and definitely ,it helps to maintain the color and shape of flowers.
When you send your bouquet to press you can turn it into a piece of art. With this method flowers dry in about one to two weeks and prices vary according to the frame size you want.
Prices range from $ 450 to $ 750. The price includes drying, pressing, color enhancement, vacuum sealed and framed.
Of all the methods mentioned above, this is the most professional preservation technique.
Just like the other methods, the flowers can be placed in a glass container or frame but in this case, the flowers are not pressed and they maintain their shape.
The freezing method is quite complex and involves processes of hydration of flowers, color retention depending the type of flower and drying processes in special freezers.
For the same reason, this method is much more expensive up to $1200 to freeze your bouquet! If you decide that you’re going to keep your bouquet try to be careful with it.