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Tips for Keeping Your Wedding Bouquet Fresh Until Preservation

Imagine: while getting ready on your wedding day, you decide to put your bouquet in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. However, hours later you go to retrieve your bouquet and find it wilted and covered in frost! Avoiding such mishaps is crucial to preserving the beauty of your bouquet.

Whether you plan to preserve your bouquet yourself or use professional services, keeping it fresh until preservation is essential. Here are some practical tips to ensure your wedding flowers stay vibrant and beautiful for as long as possible.

1. Hydrate Immediately After the Ceremony

As soon as your ceremony and photo sessions are over, place your bouquet in water. Hydration is key to keeping flowers fresh. Find a vase or container that fits your bouquet comfortably and fill it with water. If you’re at a venue, ask the staff for assistance in finding a suitable container.

2. Avoid Direct Sunlight and Heat

Flowers are delicate and can wilt quickly when exposed to direct sunlight and high temperatures. Keep your bouquet in a cool, shaded area whenever possible. If you’re taking outdoor photos, try to minimize the time your bouquet is in the sun.

3. Refrigerate Overnight

If you’re not preserving your bouquet immediately, refrigerate it overnight. This helps to slow down the aging process and keeps the flowers fresh. Make sure your refrigerator is set to a safe temperature for flowers, usually between 36-38°F (2-3°C). Avoid placing the bouquet near fruits and vegetables, as they can release gases that may damage the flowers.

4. Handle with Care

Be gentle when handling your bouquet. Avoid shaking or jostling it, and be mindful of how you hold it to prevent crushing or damaging the flowers. If you need to transport the bouquet, secure it in a stable container to prevent it from moving around too much.

5. Use Floral Preservatives

Floral preservatives can extend the life of your bouquet by providing essential nutrients and preventing bacterial growth. You can usually find these preservatives at flower shops or garden centers. Add the preservative to the water in your vase or container according to the instructions.

6. Trim the Stems

Cutting the stems of your flowers at a 45-degree angle allows for better water absorption. Use a sharp, clean pair of scissors or a knife to trim the stems every couple of days. This simple step can help keep your flowers looking fresh for longer.

7. Mist Your Flowers

Lightly misting your bouquet with water can help maintain moisture, especially if you’re in a dry environment. Use a spray bottle with a fine mist setting and avoid soaking the flowers—just a light mist will do.

8. Separate Wilting Flowers

If you notice any flowers starting to wilt or turn brown, remove them from the bouquet immediately. This prevents the decaying flowers from affecting the freshness of the others. Keep an eye on your bouquet and do a quick check daily to maintain its overall appearance.

9. Minimize Handling

While it's tempting to keep admiring and showing off your beautiful bouquet, excessive handling can accelerate the wilting process. Try to minimize touching and moving your bouquet to keep it in the best possible condition.

10. Plan Ahead for Preservation

Whether you’re opting for DIY preservation or professional services, plan ahead to ensure you know what steps to take as soon as the wedding is over. Have your preservation kit ready or schedule an appointment with a professional service to avoid any delays.

Final Thoughts

Your wedding bouquet is a cherished keepsake, and taking the time to keep it fresh until you can preserve it will ensure it remains a beautiful reminder of your special day.

By following these simple tips, you can help your bouquet stay vibrant and lovely for as long as possible. Remember, the key is to hydrate, keep cool, and handle with care.

At Bouquet Casting Co., we’re here to help you preserve those precious memories. Whether you need advice on DIY preservation or want to explore our professional services, feel free to reach out. We’re dedicated to making sure your wedding bouquet stays as beautiful as the day you said, "I do."


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