History of Wedding Flowers
Many flowers and herbs have been used for weddings throughout the centuries, although wedding flowers have a long history of use. Before the use of flowers in the bridal bouquet, women carried aromatic bunches of garlic, herbs, and grains as they walked down the aisle.The ancient Greeks are credited with the first recorded use of wedding flowers. Bridal bouquets were originally formed from interwoven garlands and wreaths which were placed on the heads of both bride and groom. Herbs such as Rosemary and Marjoram were common in the bridal crowns of Greek brides, as well as other herbs, bulbs and garlic.
When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, the herbs and spices had been replaced by fresh flowers, especially marigolds. Edible flowers were still included in the bouquet. The bride would carry her arrangement as she walked down the aisle. The dill from the bride's bouquet, was consumed by the bride, the groom, and their wedding guests during the reception, as the herb was meant to enhance their desire for each other.
In our modern times, brides pick their flowers for their colors and shapes, with blooms that suit their personality, wedding theme, bridal gown and their own unique style and taste.
Art of Floral Preservation
The art of preserving flowers dates back to early recorded history, although the marketing of floral preservation services is much more recent. There are many methods and techniques which include chemical methods, freeze-drying and also air drying.
Although preserving and displaying a bride's wedding bouquet is the most recognized form of the art, it is increasingly more common to have funeral flowers, anniversary corsages or flowers from virtually any occasion preserved and framed. In modern civilization, flowers have become a central aspect of how we express ourselves in our culture and customs.
The most efficient and lasting method for preserving flowers is freeze-drying. Freeze-drying removes all moisture from the flowers and greens, and does so in the least amount of time and in the most efficient manner. This method also helps retain more of the natural colors of the flowers and ensures the longevity of your keepsake for decades to come. We also use this method.
Preparing a floral preservation keepsake can be very labor intensive because all of the flowers and greens are usually separated from the bridal bouquet or arrangement in order to process in the freeze-dry machine. After the process is completed, all of the flowers and greens must be re-assembled by hand to resemble the likeness of the original bouquet, or to be arranged in a garden-style design.
However, when all this work is done, a beautiful keepsake for your wedding bouquet, memorial or other flowers will be presented you, capturing moments with loved ones that will last for a lifetime.