Preserving Cut Flowers and Herbs for Weddings and Events

Vic VioletsnRoses      You can arrange and press your own herbs and flowers. 

You can grow your own wedding flowers and make your own wedding bouquet.

 

 

Homemade Floral Preservative: Ratio of  – 1 can or 7-UP or Sprite, to 1 can water = 1/2teaspoon bleach.

 

 

STORING:

Keep completed floral arrangements out of direct sunlight, placed in a cool location. Occasional misting will prevent wilting. Commercial floral preservatives or a bit of bleach in the water may increase longevity of cut flowers and herbs, but if used, do not use plant materials in, on or around food or beverages.

 

Making Potpourri from Your Garden – Final Part of VII

Potpourri        Displaying and Enjoying Your Decorative Potpourri

           

Best shown off in open containers, dry-method potpourris may be both an aromatic and a decorative touch to your surroundings. When properly blended, these fragrant mixtures retain delicate colors and scents of the plant materials used. As such an accessory, coordinate the container with the room, furnishings, and overall scheme. Suitable containers for displaying potpourri are virtually limitless, and many are already somewhere in your home!  Some ideas: baskets, bottles, bowls, jars, pottery, shells, vases.

Inspirations for creative displays: layer potpourri in varied bands in glass jars; place potpourri in a silk flower-filled vase; incorporate miniatures to create a theme or scene in a chosen container.      

Make small sachets with the potpourri blend: as lovely enclosures in gifts and cards, these make them more special; also tuck under furniture cushions. 

Spicy Potpourri: add dried apples and/or orange slices, or decorative (non-edible) gingerbread cutouts to your potpourri blend.

Herbal Wedding Ideas Part V

Rose Pnk   PRESERVED MEMORIES:

Wedding Wreaths, Bouquets, Tussie Mussies, Nosegays. Boutonnieres, Corsages,

Candles, Centerpieces, Arrangements,  Potpourri, Favors,

Ringbearer’s Pillow, Flower Girl’s Basket, anything carried by wedding party, Cake Toppers,

any decorations.

 

Even some of the larger pieces can be trimmed down, and parts preserved in a meaningful way. 

There are services around the country that specialize in preserving floral memories.

 

Perhaps you could try your hand at this, using silica gel, available at many craft and floral supplies stores.

 

Disassemble the bouquet (or floral item), and cut all stems down to 2 inches in length. Following the package instructions, bury each floral piece in the silica gel. When all pieces are well covered with the silica gel, seal the container. In about one week, they will be preserved, and upon removal from the silica gel, should be sprayed with either clear plastic or shellac for protection from humidity or even possibly shattering. Display out of direct sunlight, indoors.

 

 

However you choose to preserve your herbal-floral remembrances, it is critical that the preservation process be done as quickly as possible. Keep the flowers cool and dry, prior to beginning of this process.

 

When the preservation process is completed, florals may be reassembled as they were originally arranged (photos taken help), or create a meaningful design incorporating them, as another memory. 

Herbal Wedding Ideas Part IV

Rose Pnk    Helpful Hints and Tips for Planning an Herbal Wedding or Event: 

 

CHOOSE CERTIFIED ORGANIC FLOWERS AND HERBS:

 

For any potpourris, table decorations around foods, and food garnishes. Prime examples: rose petals, lavender, culinary herbs. Make sure the flowers you use as garnishes are edible. Fortunately, herbs may generally be easily grown without the use of chemicals, however it is worthwhile to check the “organic” licensure of your supplier before ordering.

 

 

SOURCES:

 

Purchase cut flowers in season from local farmer’s market, local florist, area garden clubs, grocery/health food stores, grown in your own garden, or growers who specialize in cutting, conditioning and shipping herbs.

Herbal Wedding Ideas Part III

Rose Pnk   Here are some herbal ideas, to inspire: 

Tussie Mussies, Hand-tied Bouquets, Nosegays, Bride’s Bouquet

      Hand-decorated Candles Embellished with Pressed Herbs & Flowers

  Fresh Herbal Wreath Encircling Wedding Punch Bowl, Ice Rings, Garnishes

           Herbs & Flowers to Decorate Wedding Cake and as Garnishes

       Decorate Placesettings, Napkins, Table Decor,  Serving Tables/Pieces

  Favors might include Potpourri (ours was a handmade heart-shaped sachet)

    Wedding candies include flavorings such as mint, and may also be a favor.

         Potted Centerpieces can double as favors for guests to take home.

      Symbolic Herb Sprigs, Beribboned and/or Gilded may also be a favor

  Beribboned Herb & Flower Table and Chairback Swags, Pew Decorations          

Crown of Herbs & Flowers for the Bride, Decorated Haircombs or Hat                       

Ring Pillow stuffed with Potpourri, Flower Girl Head Garland                

Strewing Herbs, Candle Beboches, Herb & Flower or Potpourri Wreaths,          

Herb &  Flower Cones on site, Stunning Displays in Unexpected Places.

   Distinctive Arrangements,Special Decorations for the Function or Event Site.

Potted Herbs, or Herbs & Flowers in Baskets or Containers, for Decoration

Arrangements for Wedding Ceremony Site, at Wedding Guest Registration Table,

Guest Book, Special Guest Pen, and in Guest Accommodations.

                Scented Candles! 

   Herbal Recipes for all occasions!

Herbal Wedding Ideas

Rose Pnk    Tussie Mussies Wedding  related gatherings offer opportunities to include the herb(s) of choice: invitations/announcements, centerpiece, table decor, favors, corsages, boutonnieres, bouquets, and event menu. Many are things you can make yourself. Perhaps a lovely touch would be interweaving meaningful messages to an already significant ceremony, or choosing your herb and flowers according to their symbolic meanings using The Victorian Language of Herbs and Flowers, or Floriography. 

For More Information…

Herbal Wedding Ideas

Rose Pnk  Herbal Wedding: Something Old, Something New… 

Making Scentimental Occasions Even More Memorable, with Added Meaning and Fragrance!

 

There are as many uses of herbs for weddings, as there are types of weddings! Although choices are indeed individual, the applications for herbs and flowers in the many related preparations extend far beyond the usual floral selections, and garnished entrees. Using herbs is a way to make a wedding truly unique, memorable, and not only lovely to see, but fragrantly beautiful as well, by adding fragrance and color. Be sure to have pictures taken of each, and the scene in which they are placed or used!

 

Fresh, dried, or pressed herbs may be incorporated throughout the festivities. 

How this is done, is based on personal preference, selected theme and desired use.. Possibly limiting to a particular herb (one bride we knew chose lavender); perhaps a selection of certain herbs; or a whole assortment of favorites.

Making Potpourri from Your Garden – Part VI of VII

Potpourri     Special Hints for Making Potpourri:

 

*Do NOT use any plastic bowls, jars, or utensils, as they absorb and retain odors.

*Do NOT use wooden spoons, as they absorb oils and fragrance.

*Do NOT use kitchen equipment to mix potpourri, returning it to kitchen afterward,.for safety.

*Use amber or dark glass jars for storing potpourri, while aging.

*Using two small bottles (up to about 4oz size), add high quality grain alcohol, using one to clean the eye droppers, to remove any traces of oil.

*If using essential oils (not fragrance oils), when the alcohol is changed in the small jars used for previously for cleaning, adjust alcohol with addition of desired essential oil, to make a cologne! .

 

CAUTION:  Orris root and orris root powder are commonly-used fixatives in potpourri formulas. Orris root, and the very finely powdered orris root may cause allergic reactions. Great caution in handling this material in blending, as well as the finished potpourri is recommended.

Making Potpourri from Your Garden – Part V of VII

Potpourri     Creating Potpourri Blends

 

A potpourri may also be created beginning with a base blend, a complete potpourri in its own right, with a predominating scent (ie, citrus, floral, herb, spice, woody, etc.). In this case, botanicals are added for color and texture, for eye appeal. The formula for this type of potpourri:

 

“Scented Base” + Fixative + Essential Oils/Fragrance Oils + Botanicals for Color/Fragrance = Finished Potpourri

 

 

           Blending Essentials

 

No special or expensive equipment is necessary to make potpourri, however it is recommended the supplies you use to mix and store be dedicated just to this process:

 

Glass or glazed ceramic bowls for mixing potpourri blends

Glass or stainless steel measuring cups

Stainless steel spoons, for mixing 

Glass jars with tight-fitting lids to store potpourri while aging (recommend non-reactive lids)

Eyedroppers, for adding essential oils to potpourri blends

Mortar and pestle, to crush or bruise seeds

Blender, grain mill, spice grinder or coffee-type mill (thoroughly cleaned, if ever previously used)

A small sharp knife for slicing

Stainless skewers, to pierce fruit for pomanders