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Preserving Your Bouquet from the Big Day!

One question we get asked a bunch at Brilliant Event Planning is how brides can best preserve their wedding bouquets. Some clients may choose to go with a professional service to flash freeze their bouquets, while other brides opt for at-home methods. Brilliant Event Planning shares their advice on choosing the perfect method. Recently Updated

There are several advantages to choosing to flash freeze your bouquet.  This method, while time-consuming, leaves your flowers looking as fresh as the day you carried them down the aisle. The freezing process done by a professional typically takes about two weeks time, but can take longer if you purchase a mounting or display package.  This option starts at a cost of about $200, and can run up to as much as $500 depending on the mounting package.  Once deciding to go with the flash freezing method, professionals recommend sending your bouquet in immediately after the wedding day.  In order to ensure the freshest possible flowers, arrangements for your bouquet to be flash frozen should be made in advance of the wedding date.  If you are not able to deliver your bouquet to be frozen immediately after the wedding date, cut an inch off of all the stems and place your flowers in the refrigerator until you can deliver them to the freezing service.

For our clients, we recommend our favorite company to use for professionally freezing our brides’ bouquets: Freeze Frame It!

Hiring a service to flash freeze your bouquet has the benefit of having trained professionals product you’re sure to love!  The drawback is that this option can become costly quickly. For crafty brides on a budget, we suggest DIY preserving with silica gel.  While the traditional method has long been to air dry flowers, this often leaves bouquets turning brown and brittle, with little resemblance to their original beauty.  With the silica gel method, your bouquet will look good as new!  All you’ll need to get started is a large box, Activa Silica Gel, and your bouquet! Check out the full tutorial here.

 

Bouquet by Wildflowers Events and Occasions based in the Bahamas, and photo by Mark Da Cunha Photography.

 

Wedding Trends for 2016

As we at Brilliant Event Planning dive into the new year, we’re keeping an eye on upcoming wedding trends for 2016, and you can too! From colors to food, you can expect a major shift to more nature-inspired and romantic touches in all things bridal. A major hit from the start of the new year that we expect to carry into the new year in Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity.  This romantic mix of blush and blue is sure to make it's way into wedding invites and much more!

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Another color trend we can look forward to is the incorporation of metallics, particularly in fashion and decor.  Metallic tones are also the perfect compliment to the romantic touches brides are sure to add. We expect to see an increase in the use of hanging chandeliers and edison bulbs, as well as candelabras adorning centerpieces.

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Along with romantic themes of wedded bliss, 2016 will see brides unleash their inner wild side by returning to nature. Major trends that will utilize both organic and simplistic touches include wildflower bridal bouquets, often incorporating hand-picked flowers and even organic food items, and ‘naked’ wedding cakes, which opt out of buttercream frosting shells and expose the cake’s underlying structure.

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Lastly, we at Brilliant Event Planning predict that a major trend to hit 2016 weddings will be the theme of personalization.  Of course every couple seeks to make their big day their own, but the theme of personalization will become increasingly prolific in the form of individual social media hashtags and polaroid cameras for guests.

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A popular trend for foodie couples will be to add personal cocktail and food pairings, to reflect individual personalities or even special memories.  My personal favorite is for couples who love to vacation: a one-bite-taco and margarita shooter combo is sure to hit the spot!

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Dive in 2016 and tackle some of these upcoming trends to make your wedding a truly *Brilliant* affair!

 

Photo Credits: A2Z Wedding Cards, Jose Villa PhotographyIntimate Weddings, Four Seasons Weddings Magazine, Society Bride, Want that Wedding, Brides, Hoot Kit, The Knot, Style Me Pretty.