What to Do With Wedding Flowers After the Wedding
After your wedding, there are some things you just know to do. Your dress is cleaned and sealed tight for the foreseeable future, you return your something borrowed, and you place the top tier of your cake in the freezer for your first anniversary.
And if you're like me, your mom packs several slices for your honeymoon too. And though you tried to protest, by the time you land in Houston on your way across the country, you've hungry enough to have no qualms about making fellow travelers jealous of your wedding cake snack as they dine on the usual airport offerings.
But back to the point of this post, what's a girl to do with all the flora and the fauna? Dried flowers are definitely a thing, so hanging them upside down in the hallway was a no-brainer. Then I took to Pinterest for some ideas on how exactly to use them, and happened upon 3 that I really liked.
Framing Dried Wedding Flowers
The first was the clear glass hanging frame, and of course Anthropologie came to the rescue on this one. But I did have to be careful not to make the designs too voluminous, lest the latch not close.
Allow me to explain from the beginning that I carefully unraveled and unpinned all the ribbons and wires that were holding the shape of the bouquets. I separated flowers by type and began plucking petals from the carnations, clipping bits of baby’s breath, and picking the best - and flattest - lamb’s ear leaves.
The Ranunculus seemed to be the most delicate of the bunch when dried, but I carefully placed one in the middle of each frame and used it as the main focus of the composition, plucking some petals away until the flower was flat enough from the frame to close. Then I arranged the rest of the stems and petals fanning out from the Ranunculus.
I love the way I was able to make a new design, almost like a scene, out of the bridal party bouquets, while using clear-backed frames to give kind of a floating illusion on the wall in our living room.
Dried Baby’s Breath in Milk Glass Vases
The thing about dried baby’s breath is it looks just about the same as it does when it’s first arranged in a wedding bouquet. That meant finding a way to repurpose dried baby’s breath from my wedding was extremely easy.
I had used this set of white milk glass vases from a vintage Etsy seller to decorate for the rehearsal dinner, and I decided to keep them for my house because their variety of sizes and shapes made them into such an interesting group all together.
So I arranged the dried baby’s breath in some of the milk glass vases around a white framed quote print and placed them all on top of my white china cabinet. Next to the seafoam walls, bright white trim and white curtains, I think the little scene turned out to be really complimentary for the rest of my dining room!
And Finally, the Dried Flower Necklace
One of the first things I found when searching Pinterest for what to do with dried wedding flowers was the dried flower necklace. It appeared that there were several different ways of making a necklace pendant with your wedding flowers, but one in particular seemed the simplest to me.
I chose to use a clear glass locket, much like the clear glass frames I used to hang some of the flowers on the wall. Being a big fan of rose gold myself, I ordered rose gold-colored lockets on Etsy and filled them each with a tiny yet colorful dried carnation petal and laid a small sprig of baby’s breath on top.
Again, I had to make sure not to overfill them so the magnetic closure could touch. You could string them on whatever kind of necklace you like, and I chose a piece of leather that I use for a lot of different kinds of pendants.
I love that I now have a little keepsake from my wedding that I can wear whenever I want and that I was able to use dried wedding flowers in a couple of unique ways to decorate our first house!