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.

 

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

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. 

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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.