A Beautiful Transformation

How should I expect my flowers to change color when preserved?

Flowers are one of the most beautiful aspects of any wedding.

Flowers are one of the most beautiful aspects of any wedding. Preserving them properly is important to any bride who wishes to save a piece of that magic from their special day. It is no secret that flowers can change color throughout the preservation process. However, it can be difficult to imagine what to expect your beautiful bouquet to look like once it is pressed and framed. Some flowers retain their vibrant colors with little to no change, others fade, and some even change colors completely! 

My own wedding bouquet was quite pastel. It contained light mauve roses, white roses, light pink roses, and other blooms. After being pressed, my light mauve roses turned a darker purple, my white roses browned (and continue to brown over time), and my pastel tones are more mute. The change in color does not change my love for my pressed and preserved wedding bouquet. I look at my frame and I am constantly reminded of the special memories they hold. Although many of the flowers look like an entirely different color, I do not mind, and I love it!

As a rule of thumb, brighter flowers tend to hold their color better than pastels. Pastels still turn out beautiful but tend to fade to a lighter version of their original color. White flowers - depending on the type of bloom - can stay white if they are received in fresh condition to then be preserve. White blooms are more prone to turning yellow during the preservation process or browning over time. 

Here is a simple guide to give you an idea of what colors your blooms might turn once they are pressed and preserved forever:

Flower preservation guide to color changing

Blooms that change color are not limited to what is featured on this chart.