With all the effort, time, and money that go into
planning a wedding, one detail that is often overlooked is floral
preservation. Now you do not need to discard your lovely,
sentimental, bridal bouquet or let it dry and shrivel away! Thanks
to the latest technology in flower preservation, freeze-drying. A
blend of science and art, freeze-drying retains the shape and color
of your flowers giving them that "just picked look".
Man has been involved in some form of floral
preservation since the beginning of time. Air drying and floral
pressing are age-old arts dating back to before Egyptian times.
Cornmeal & borax and silica gel drying came into vogue in the late
1700's. Ancient Indians in the high Andes Mountains practiced a form
of freeze-drying. William Hyde Wallaston introduced the first modern
freeze-drying method in 1813 to the Royal Society in London. The
freeze dry method used today was perfected during World War II as a
method to assist the storage of human plasma. Freeze drying is now
employed quite extensively by pharmaceutical manufactures, and food
producers. About 15 years ago the first flowers were successfully
freeze-dried and over the years floral freeze-drying has become a
combination of art and science.
Proper freeze-drying doesn't produce flowers that are
brittle and lifeless as traditional drying methods do. There are
very few experts in this industry because the equipment is
expensive, requires extensive training to operate, and knowledge
about flowers and floral design is imperative. Flowers stay in the
freeze dry equipment for about two weeks and the complete process
can take up to 12 weeks.
There are a few things you should know prior to
selecting a company to preserve your flowers: - Do they pretreat and
rehydrate the flowers before they freeze-dry them? This process
helps retain the color of your flowers and opens the cells so they
freeze dry with a natural look. - Are all bouquets photographed and
then dis-assembled for freeze-drying? This is the only way each
flower will retain its color and shape. - Are the flowers
post-treated after freeze-drying? This process coats each flowers
with a thin, transparent layer that protects them from light and
Not all freeze-drying companies complete each step
because of the time and labor required. Without these steps;
however, your flowers may not retain their natural look or will have
a shorter lifespan.
Preserved flowers are attractive accents for any home
and appear much more natural than silk arrangements. There are
hundreds of frames, glass or acrylic domes, and beautifully creative
custom wall and tabletop designs available to display your flowers.
Shop around for the look that fits your style.
Consult a floral preservationist at least two months
prior to your wedding so you can arrange to have your flowers
shipped or delivered while they are still fresh. Thousands of brides
are now preserving their bouquets and wedding flowers; with so few
experts in this industry, reservations must be made months in
advance so you will not be disappointed.
Enjoy the sentimental memories for years to come-
make this extraordinary display a key centerpiece in your new homes
d?or or a gift to someone special. Just as you preserve your wedding
gown, photographs and other sentimental memorabilia, you can now
preserve your bridal flowers for a lifetime of enjoyment.
--- This article written and copyrighted by Kathy Reid co-owner of
Heller & Reid ( a flower Preservation Company). Heller & Reid is
located in Richardson, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Heller & Reid
provides preservation services nationwide.------
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