3 Easy Ways to Dry Your Own Wedding Bouquet

Warning: You're about to save hundreds of dollars on wedding bouquet preservation.

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Don't toss your gorgeous bouquet! Preserve it with one of these easy techniques.

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If you’ve ever looked into the cost of preserving a flower arrangement, you know it isn’t the kind of purchase you can take lightly. Professional preservation can cost several hundred dollars, and the stress of delivering your wedding bouquet before taking off for your honeymoon can be enough to give even the calmest of brides a major headache. 

Luckily, there are ways you can dry your own bouquet without breaking the bank and without having to even leave the house (but we’d still suggest enlisting your most trusted bridesmaid for the job). 

Method No. 1: Silica-Drying

Silica-Dried Wedding Bouquet

Silica-Dried Wedding Bouquet

Though it looks as good as new, this lovely wedding bouquet has been dried using silica gel powder.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Silica-drying is by far the most difficult method, but with a finished product that looks almost identical to the original bouquet, we feel it’s worth a little extra effort. 

Method No. 2: Pressing

Pressed Wedding Flowers

Pressed Wedding Flowers

This lovely framed wedding invitation is enhanced with a gorgeous display of pressed blooms from the wedding bouquet.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Perfect as a gift for the parents of the bride and groom or a great way to save only your absolute favorite blooms from your bouquet, flower pressing is a tried-and-true option. Whether you go with the classic book method or speed things along with an iron, this technique is a solid winner.

Method No. 3: Air-Drying

Dried Wedding Bouquet Display

Dried Wedding Bouquet Display

Make the most of your air-dried wedding bouquet with a gorgeous layered display that will last for years to come.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

If you'd rather go the easy route, this parfait of pretty is the right choice for you. And if you are one of the millions of brides who air-dried her bouquet only to wonder what to do now, this gorgeous display may be the answer to your prayers. 

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Over-the-Top

Peonies, roses, thistle and more are stunningly opulent when grouped in large quantities. 

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Sips & Blooms

This lush summer bouquet features an eye-catching mix of garden roses, spray roses, dusty miller, ranunculus, sweet peas, dahlias, freesia, thistle & hypericum berries. And it looks great paired with the bride's signature Moscow Mule cocktail.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Caroline Fontenot Photography

Winter Gold

This winter bouquet features a breathtaking combination of cream roses, red hypericum berries, seeded eucalyptus and spray-painted gold cypress greenery. Photo: Kelsey Booth Photography

Photo By: Kelsey Booth

Southwestern Succulents

Fuchsia and peach roses pair perfectly with leafy fern greenery, succulents, green hydrangea and safari sunset blooms in this Southwest-inspired bridal bouquet.

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Photo By: Courtesy of Katie Kalafat

Juliet's Bouquet

Designed by Cori Cook, this bouquet features 'Café au Lait' dahlias, astilbe, pink and white peonies, Juliet garden roses, yellow Finesse roses and Veronica. Photo by Laura Murray.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Laura Murray

Blue Note

This subtle bouquet features blue agapanthus, blue hydrangea, peonies, lavender sweet pea, purple stock, dusty miller and lavender. Floral design by Soirée Floral. Photo by Justin Marantz.

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Romantic White

Peonies, 'Jeanne Moreau' garden roses and spray roses compose this elegant design from Trebella Florals. Photo by Cyn Kain Photography.

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Free-Spirited Blooms

Tied with a trailing ribbon, this loose arrangement of pink peonies, blue thistle, billy balls, scabiosa pods and celosia is a boho bride's dream.

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Elegant Simplicity

White astilbe, white lisianthus, bonsai eucalyptus, silver dollar eucalyptus, purple limonium, Italian variegated pittosporum and white veronica are tied with burlap in this casual, rustic bouquet from Bella Lu Floral. Photo by Laura Murray.

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Soft & Simple

Seeded eucalyptus and scabiosa pods play perfect backup to soft-hued white and light pink garden roses.

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Photo By: Style Me Pretty/ Greg Finck Photography

Steal the Show

Burgundy red spider mums and hypericum berries add rich color to this otherwise neutral-hued arrangement of spray roses, succulents, veronica, astilbe and mixed greenery.

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Lovely Lillies

Calla lilies are the classic focal point in this bouquet by Green Thumb Fower Box Florists. Photo by Colleen Amelia Photography.

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Asymmetrical Lovelies

An asymmetrical arrangement gives this stunning bouquet of creamy roses, astilbe and eucalyptus and ultra-organic feel.

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Sensuous Scarlet

We're in love with this jaw-dropping firework of red and plum roses.

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Classy Country

Wrapped in burlap, this bouquet of David Austen roses, veronica, succulents, dusty miller and eucalyptus is fit for a wedding day in the country.

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True Love

The impact of just one signature flower comes through in this bouquet of lush peonies created by Nancy Liu Chin Floral & Event Design. Photo by Janae Shields.

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Shades of Purple

A sumptuous bouquet by Soirée Floral of white Majolica spray roses, lilac, purple and lavender stock, lavender and white sweet pea with 'Sterling Silver' roses.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Claudia Kronenberg

Bouquet of Happy

This lush bunch of garden roses, purple wax flower, pink astilbe and eucalyptus greenery is almost as pretty as the gorgeous bride.

Artful Anemones

Ranunculus 'La Belle', anemone 'Galilee', scabiosa 'Fama White', digitalis 'Apricot Beauty', lady's mantle, sweet peas, feverfew, peonies, strawberries and dusty miller make for a visually complex bouquet with floral design by Love ‘n’ Fresh Flowers. Photo by The Hursts.

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Pops of Red

Red wildflowers pop against a backdrop of amnesia roses, white lisianthus and ruscus greenery. 

Photo By: Style Me Pretty/ Simply Sarah Photography

Bright Bridesmaids Bouquets

Bright orange bridesmaid arrangements of ranunculus and roses are sure to shine.

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Foraged

Effortlessly elegant, bouquets of freshly-picked wildflowers are an organic, beautiful trend we're loving. 

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Creamy Dreamy

The combination of peach David Austen roses, single-head pink rose aqua, eucalyptus, ruscus and baby's breath create a sherbert-colored symphony in this design by Nancy Liu Chin Floral & Event Design. Photo by Janae Shields.

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Colorful & Wild

Sunflowers, zinnia, thistle, veronica, Queen Anne's lace, dahlias and goldenrod pop in this bright mix of summer wildflowers. Learn how to make this wild bouquet by hand >>

Photo By: Liz Gray

Greenery Galore

Roses and berries play backup to this bouquet's real star: a lush mixture of eucalypus and ruscus greenery.

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Seaside Stunner

An eye-catching bouquet of peonies, scabiosa pods, white astilbe and thistle is a must for a trendy seaside ceremony.

Photo By: Devon Donnahoo Photography, Styling by Katie Kalafat

Bright & Sunny

Get happy with a posy of bright yellow sunflowers, roses and waxflower.

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Purple Posy

Rustic meets sophisticated in this bouquet of liatris, lilies, tulips, roses and daisies.

Made From Felt

Customize your wedding bouquet by making it yourself — literally. This DIY felt wedding bouquet is a gorgeous, long-lasting alternative to fresh cut blooms. Learn how to make handcrafted felt flowers  >>

Peach Blossoms

Juliet garden roses, stock, Queen Anne’s lace, dahlias, hypericum and fragrant freesia ensure a sweet-smelling arrangement. Floral design by Trebella Florals. Photo by Kristin Moore.

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Herbs

Tickle the senses in a bouquet tied with a feathery blend of artemisia, lavender, sage, thyme and rosemary.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm

Silver Streak

Peonies, peach Juliet roses, pink Majolica spray roses, 'Cafe au Lait' dahlias, ranunculus, scabiosa and dusty miller define this bouquet by Mulberry & Moss Floral and Event Design. Photo by Frenzel Studios.

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Monochromatic

Go bold with a bouquet of bright monochromatic blooms like these pretty coral peonies. 

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Soft Focus

Zinnia, garden roses, hypericum, button mums, dahlias and Verbena bonariensis define this bouquet designed by Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm. Photo by Joy Michelle Photography.

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Loose + Organic

This carefree arrangement uses big blooms and small filler flowers in different colors with plenty of greens to ground it and give it texture.

Loads of Color

'Black Eyed Beauty' anemone, powder blue tweedia, variegated lilac, 'Coral Charm' peonies, Juliet garden roses, variegated geranium foliage, grape muscari, ranunculus and passion flower bring the color to this bouquet from Kelly Marie Thompson of Fleur Inc. Photo by Simply Jessie.

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Swoon-Worthy

Peach-hued David Austen roses gorgeously complement dripping greenery in this lush arrangement.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Big Impression

Anemones, peonies, fiber-optic grass (Isolepis cernua), vines, mock orange and nigella offer a variety of textures in this imaginative bouquet. Floral design by Nancy Liu Chin Floral & Event Design. Photo by Lisa Lefkowitz.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Lisa Lefkowitz

Retro & Fun

White feathers add a touch of retro playfulness to this arrangement of roses and dusty miller.

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Romantic Affair

This flowy bouquet of pink garden roses, plum ranunculus, astilbe and hydrangea is a gorgeous choice for a classic, romantic wedding. Learn how to make this gorgeous bouquet by hand >>

Photo By: Photo: Liz Gray, Design: Morgan Faulkner

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