I've had people ask me about bouquet preservation and I know sometimes you hear about companies that do this work, but wonder if it's worth the cost.
So I thought I'd show you mine. There it is! My beautiful wedding bouquet!
It was preserved by Heller and Reid after my December 2003 wedding. It looks exactly the same today as it did when I carried it down the aisle.
I thought I'd answer some of the questions I get about it.
Was it cheap? Nope. It ran around $800 including shipping.
What was involved? Well, you'd probably have to ask my parents that question as they shipped it off after the wedding. I can tell you that they (Heller and Reid) send you a box and very specific instructions on how to pack the bouquet to be sent to them for preservation. And they have a very specific timeframe on when it's sent in after the wedding. You have to send it immediately as obviously you're dealing with fragile flowers that have already been out of water and bumped around, etc.
How long did it take to receive the finished product? That, I don't remember. I think maybe two months. I can't quite remember.
What is the process of preservation? From how they explained it to me, they first take a photo of the bouquet at several angles. Then they dissemble it. They take each flower, sprinkle it with a preservative and freeze dry it. After that, they put it back together according to the photo and finally it goes to framing.
What it worth it? Oh yes! It's in the dining area of my home and I see it every day. Also, there isn't a person that comes into my house that's seen it that hasn't made a comment about how beautiful and unique it is. These pictures don't do it justice.. by far! Especially of this bouquet, because it contains crystals that gleam in the light. Also, it's increased in value in my mind since we've had our son. It's turned into an heirloom piece that will be passed on to my son and his family.
If this is something you're interested in for your wedding or special occasion, don't hesitate! It's a beautiful, unique memory. This would also make a great gift! Think of all the bridesmaids pitching in to give the bride a bouquet preservation!