For the brides who have gone for the real flower option there is usually a problem of what to do with the blooms afterwards. Some will take the traditional route and single out all the female guests to vie for bouquet, others will want to preserve their flowers.
There are generally three options for flower preservation:
Take clippings to grow in pots
Make your own dried flower picture or pot pourri
Preserve the flowers in a picture frame glass dome.
Creative types could try out arranging flowers and pressing them using a dried flower press, then frame them for posterity. Alternatively you could dry the petals, sprinkle with pot pourri oil and enjoy the scent.
Flowers Forever will arrange for collection or for you to drop off your wedding flowers. They then preserve the flowers over a period of up to eight weeks so that the blooms keep their own colour and shape inside a framed picture. Similarly they will also preserve flowers in an acrylic dome. Prices start from £55.
Precious Petals (see picture) also mount flowers onto a range of frames with prices starting from £80. They also offer a nationwide collection service with bespoke designs created on request.