Using Dried Flowers in Your Wedding Decor

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Your first instinct may be to gravitate towards lush fresh flowers for your wedding, however I would love to take a moment to talk about the delicate beauty that dried flowers can achieve.

They look incredible in a rustic, autumn or natural wedding, here let me show you!

Dried Flowers

Combined with details like twine, baskets and a little creativity, a dried flower can effortlessly create an expression of subtle elegance perfect for a wedding.

How to Dry Flowers

The easiest way to dry flowers is to simply tie them in small bunches and hang them upside-down somewhere relatively dry and dark. They should be hung with enough space between the bunches that they don’t touch. The darker the area is where they are drying, the better the color will be preserved. Flowers that are dried in direct sunlight will fade a great deal, but depending on what you are using them for, that might be exactly what you want!

Some flowers dry better than others – if you have a specific one in mind you should do a little research or test dry one or two to make sure that you’re not wasting your time and money. Flowers that are not fully bloomed will dry the best, if you use fully open flowers there is a chance they will drop their petals as they continue to open even after they have been cut.

To store dry flowers, wrap them in paper, place them in an airtight container and keep them in a cool dry location!

Lotus Pods

Using Dried Flowers

Incorporating dried flowers into your wedding is a great DIY project, and they are relatively easy to work with. You will want to be careful with them while you are arranging them, but once they are placed you don’t have to worry about them wilting during your event!

If you are planning on placing the dried flowers in vases, use florist foam to secure them in place. The foam is inexpensive and will ensure that each flower remains exactly where you want it. All you do is cut the foam to the correct size, place it in the container and push the stems into the foam where you want them to remain.

If you are using transparent vases the green florist foam will show through, however you can solve that problem by wrapping the vases in a fabric that complements your decor.

Add ribbon, perhaps faded or frayed, depending on the look want to achieve, to complete any dried flower bouquets.

Where to Find Drying Flowers

Brown dried flower with thorn like petals If you have enough time you can cut down on costs by planting the flowers yourself, or perhaps there are locations nearby that you can pick wildflowers.

Before you do anything of the sort take the time to make sure that you are allowed to pick flowers there and to identify any protected species!

Don’t rule out plants just because you may initially see them as less than appealing. Thistles, for example, look incredible once they are dried. Incorporate them into a bouquet of other dried flowers for added texture!

If you don’t have access to a natural source of flowers you can always talk to a local florist!

Tips and Ideas

Bachelor’s buttons are fabulous for a delicate splash of color, especially if you are hoping for blues, pinks and purples. Their color preserves remarkably well when dried! They are a very soft, whimsical and extremely easy to grow.

Blue Bachelor's Button

Seed pods, grains and grasses can also be dried. In the third photo in this post you can see dry lotus pods, and below are poppy seed pods and luscious golden wheat.

dried flowers

As ordinary as it might seem to you, grass looks amazing when dried. It is stunning filler for your bouquets, though I would encourage you to even consider a grass bouquet. There are more varieties than you are probably aware of and some have very unique flowers!

Waiting for rebirth

There is a lot of texture to be found within grasses, fuzzy, spiky and lush. Grass is usually at its most vibrant in the fall, once it has flowered and begun to dry from the sun.

tall grass in autumn colours.

To continue the use of dried flowers you can also sprinkle dried flower petals along the tables and of course down the aisle during the ceremony.

Thanks for reading!

The fabulous photographs in this post are courtesy of jenni from the block, Acradenia, orchidgalore, Horia Varlan, audreyjm529, the mechanical turk, vagawi  and ninja gecko.

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