“How to Press Your Wedding Flowers” by Las Vegas Elopement Photographer Black Salt Photography
We’ve all been there. Your beautiful wedding is over and now you have all of these fresh flowers and nothing to do with them!
But did you know that pressing your flowers is super easy? Pressing and drying your wedding bouquet is a fun way to add a new piece of artwork to your home and to keep the memories alive. It’s not as hard as you think, and it will only take an afternoon!
Some things you’ll need:
- Wedding flowers
- Rubber bands
- Glass frame
- Paper towels or cloth
- Heavy book
There a couple of different ways to press flowers depending on how involved you want to be and how quickly you want the turnaround to be. I personally used the microwave method as that was quicker and more suitable for my needs. I felt a little short-changed on all the years I could have been making amazing artwork with dried florals. My expectations made it seem like it would be so much harder!
Press by Book:
To press your flowers by book, you want to lay your stems out on acid-free paper or another moisture-wicking surface. You don’t want to pick something that will hold the moisture as this could result in mold.
Keep the stems spaced out so the flowers dry evenly and cover with a heavy book. Allow to sit and dry for one to two weeks. Check on them after a week to see how they are doing. Make sure you leave them in a dry, cool area. I know, it sounds too easy, doesn’t it?
Once dry, carefully remove the stems from the paper and place them in your desired frame. Arrange the flowers to fit your aesthetic preference and be careful not to jostle too much! You don’t want to accidentally break off the petals. Browse my Pinterest for tons of ideas and arrangments!
Press by Microwave:
To press by microwave, you need to dedicate a couple of hours to the project, but then you’ll be done! You don’t have to keep coming back to check up on it or remember to take the stems out after a couple of weeks. You can go from fresh flowers to beautiful artwork all in one afternoon. I also loved that the microwaved flowers kept their color really well.
Lay your stems out on the paper towel. Space them out evenly, but don’t be afraid to dry several at one time. Once you have the stems laid out, put the cloth on your cardboard. You can rubber band the cardboard together or, like I did, just place a heavy plate on top in the microwave.
“Cook” at medium power for about 1 minute and check on the flower. You don’t want to cook it for too long at one time as you can burn the flower. Burnt roses smell very interesting – trust me. Once they are sufficiently dried, set them aside to cool. They can get hot, so be careful!
Once cool and all your flowers are dried, arrange them in your desired frame. Again, be careful not to jostle too hard as you can lose some petals, though I am sure you can find an artful way to display those, too! Browse my Pinterest for tons of ideas and arrangments!
That’s it! Way easier than you thought, right?
It’s a simple little trick to help you relive your memories for years to come and add some fresh artwork to those bare, newlywed walls. These can make great gifts, as well! You don’t even have to use wedding flowers: pluck some wildflowers from your ditch and make something pretty for your mom or friend to thank them for their help on your big day. The possibilities are endless!
Not quite to the drying stage yet? See how to make your own wedding bouquet, boutonniere, and centerpieces here.
Black Salt Photography is an elopement photographer and wedding photographer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Destiny photographs ceremonies in Las Vegas and surrounding cities and adores to travel where love takes her. Her moody photography style plays with natural light and shadow, laced with raw emotional moments, to create an authentic narrative experience. For pricing and information, send me a message.