Choosing dried flowers for your wedding
I started creating dried flower bouquets, arrangements and wreaths in a bid to shake of the image of dried flowers to show how pretty and versatile they can be; with the added bonus that they can last for years. They have finally shaken off their old fashioned image and are now a viable and pretty alternative to fresh flowers.
As a wedding and sympathy flower florist in fresh flowers I was often asked by customers on how to keep their flowers or re-use them after a event. Flowers can be expensive and their beauty is fleeting. Brides often would like a lasting memento or lasting keepsake of their special day.
Not all fresh flowers can be dried effectively, they simply brown or disintegrate. Softer stem blooms such as Sweet Pea, Lupins, Tulips, Daffodils, Calla Lily, Alstroemeria, Anemones, Dahlia, cannot be used as dried flowers. However there a huge variety of flowers that dry extremely well; Roses, Delphinium, Lavender, Hydrangea, Eryngium, Gypsophila, Amaranthus, Limonium, Eucalyptus, Wheat and Oats to name a few. I particularly like to naturally air dry any flowers that I use, I find that they last longer and keep their colour well. There are other techniques used in flower preservation such as silica gel that will preserve a larger variety of flowers however I am yet to see if they outlast the air drying techniques.
If you want flowers out of season; Peonies in December for example can be achieved if you use dried. Out of season fresh flowers are simply for available or priced extremely high. Maybe you are having a destination wedding and want to personally choose your flowers before you go. Always check with your airline provider but some will allow you to take them aboard as hand luggage.
I also wanted to create a beautiful natural alternative to faux flowers. There is not anything wrong with silk or artificial flowers they are just not for me. I think flowers should have movement, scent and their perfect imperfections. I do not use any faux, silk or artificial flowers or foliages in any of my designs. Why have fake when you can real I say!
Dried flower arrangements and bouquets can be re-used or re-purposed, your flower crown you wore to your wedding will still be wearable to that next summer festival if looked after well. It is a lovely way of gifting family members pieces from your wedding or giving them the dried buttonhole or corsage as a gift.
Dried flower decoration is a perfect choice for your wedding day. Dried flower arrangements as table centrepieces work brilliantly in barn and rustic style weddings. A tin pail with Lavender, dried roses, Wheat and Delphinium for example is scented, pretty and in perfect setting. Dried flower wreaths are one of my favourite things to make, the flower combinations are endless. Using summery colours and lighter textures of Gypsophila, Hydrangea, and dried grasses make wreaths work for all occasions not just Christmas.
I must mention dried flowers for your hair too. Flower crowns are perfect with dried flowers, they will not wilt, can order in advance and you can keep them afterwards. Flower pins, combs and barrette clips are available too. Along with wrist corsages and flower girl wands perfect for little ones at your wedding.
My love for dried flowers is always growing and I continue to discover ways of using dried flower material in a decorative way.
Featured image photo credit to Laura Duggleby. Real wedding of Libby & Mick . All flowers by Bella Poppy Flower Design