I get this question all the time, but most of the time, it’s too late. Most preservation companies need a reservation from you at least a month in advance. Why you ask? Well, for starters they need to make sure they have the time for your bouquet. The preservation process is a time consuming one. There are several steps involved. Secondly, some companies will mail you a container to mail the bouquet back in for optimal results. This is usually a cooler of some sort with dry ice packs that activate before you use them. Something of the like.
You will need to send off your bouquet immediately after the wedding. So, you usually don’t have time to go on your honeymoon and then come back to take are of it. I’ve often taken care of this for my brides the day after the wedding. Keep in mind that your bouquet preservation process should start immediately or at least you need to put your flowers in ice/cooler for a day or two at best. This is especially important if you plan on doing the preserving yourself.
There are different forms of preservation. There is the traditional freeze-dried preservation. How do they do this? They usually take apart the bouquet – freeze dry the parts – and then put everything back together for you. They can put it in a glass case or shadowbox. Depending on the company’sback-log, you can expect to have it back in 4-6 weeks.
Another method of preservation is to have them pressed. Your flowers are pressed and flattened but the shape of the original bouquet is preserved and similarly to being freeze dried, they can put them in decorative frames for you with pictures or alone. This takes 4-8 weeks.
In doing my research, I came across this GREAT idea. To preserve your bouquet in a Christmas ornament! I personally have never seen anything like this before! Props to the ladies who thought this up. I am including a link to their blog which includes DIY instructions. http://www.comeonilene.com/2011/12/16/wedding-memory-capsule-christmas-ornament/You can add anything you want such as the cork to champagne you had, etc.
So you see Ladies - the possibilities are endless and you can enjoy your bouquet for years to come!