• Dalia

Common pressing assumptions & why you should hire a professional to preserve meaningful flowers

Updated: Aug 4, 2021

While pressing flowers is a fun craft, when it comes to your bridal bouquet (or other special occasion flowers) it's best to hire a professional to ensure that you have beautiful pressed flowers to display and enjoy for years to come.

Color-enhanced pressed flower piece next to the original bridal bouquet.
A pressed bridal piece makes the perfect wedding keepsake.

Oftentimes bridal bouquets and floral arrangements contain many chemicals to keep them looking great throughout your wedding day. Because of this, wedding flowers do not press the same as flowers you find in your garden.

It may seem easy to press your own flowers and create your own arrangement, but preserving is not as simple.

Here are a few common assumptions people have about floral preservation as well as an inside look as to how we at dbandrea help you create a keepsake you'll forever treasure.

Assuming all of your flowers will make it through the pressing process

Even as professionals we can say that not all of our flowers make it through our presses. After all, we are dealing with nature.

Flowers can mold, break or completely lose their natural colors. You likely won't end up with a full set of beautifully pressed flowers. This isn't a lesson you want to learn with your bridal bouquet if you intend to keep it forever. Assuming your flowers will preserve their color

A color-enhanced white rose next to the original rose that naturally turned brown after the pressing process.
White roses typically turn brown when they're pressed. Thankfully, we can help!

Not all flowers retain their natural colors.

Many will naturally turn brown or lose their original colors as they dry and react to chemicals they were sprayed with. You can never really tell what colors you’re going to end up with when preserving flowers. In any case, they likely won’t reflect the same vibrant colors you remember from your wedding day.

Assuming your flowers will turn out perfect the first time

It takes time (and a lot of patience) to experiment with flowers and learn what works and what doesn’t. Pressing flowers involves a lot of trial & error and because every flower is different, it will take several attempts before you find what works for each individual flower. Therefore, using your wedding flowers to experiment is not ideal. The dbandrea process

A clock decorated with pressed flowers to symbolize the lengthy and tedious process that is flower preservation.
Flower preservation is a lengthy and tedious process that creates beautiful results.

At dbandrea, we discuss your vision with you and answer all of your questions and concerns before you book. You’ll receive detailed shipping instructions to help you pack your bouquet in the best way possible so you are able to send us beautiful flowers to work with.

Once we receive your bouquet, we take the time to press your flowers carefully to make sure that every part of the bouquet is represented in the final product. (Depending on the size of your bouquet, pressing alone can take us up to 6 hours!) Because each flower is so unique, sometimes they require different pressing techniques. We use up to 7 different pressing methods to preserve our customers flowers and we are always experimenting to improve our methods.

After your flowers enter our presses, we allow between 8-12 weeks for them to dry out completely before we take them out. Before we begin drafting your piece, we'll work with you closely to bring your vision to life based on your design selections.

One of the most exciting features we include in our service are our color-enhancing techniques that allow your florals to appear as close to your fresh bouquet as possible! Flowers will fade naturally, but the pigments we add to every single petal and leaf will prevent your piece from turning brown overtime.

Founder and designer, Andrea Castaneda holding two framed bridal bouquet pieces.
We are so thankful for every celebration we get to be a part of.

After arranging your flowers in several different ways, Andrea picks the best option and begins assembling your piece. While it takes a few hours to build each piece, it’s probably the fastest part of the whole process (excluding color enhancing which can take up to 4 hours per bouquet.)

Lastly, we carefully frame and seal your new bridal piece to prevent dust and moisture from entering and settling.

Being a part of our customers special moments is something we are truly grateful for. It warms our hearts to know that our customers trust us enough to share their lives with us and allow us the opportunity to preserve their memories forever.

If you're thinking about preserving your flowers, fill out our bridal inquiry form and we will contact you shortly! We can't wait to celebrate with you!

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