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What flowers press best??

A guide to the best pressing flowers for your wedding bouquet

a perfectly pressed bouquet requires good flowers for preservation

If you are anything like me, I wanted my wedding bouquet to be a prime candidate for a perfectly pressed and preserved frame. One of our most common questions asked is "what flowers press best?" This is a guide to direct you down a path of flowers that are our favorites to preserve and keep color well.

We have learned over the years what flowers are best in our preservervation methods in color retention and flattening ability. We hand select which flowers to preserve and which to not based off of these factors. When choosing what flowers are used in the final design we look at how color was retained, how the flower will look in combination of all other flowers in the arrangement and how flat the flower will lay.

To keep it simple, the thinner the flower the better it presses. Let me expound. If you have attempted to press a flower yourself, whether it be in a stack of books or a makeshift flower press, you might pick flowers from your yard or easily found in nature. Have you ever opened the book weeks later only to find that your flower has molded? Other times you have opened your book to find a perfectly pressed flower? What changed? Why did one succeed and not the other?

This is one part of Pressed Floral, that as a team we have perfected. All flowers are different, all require different attention and preparation. The flower that may have molded in your book, surely would not in our care. We have developed the knowledge to press and. Preserve most all flower types. However, even if it can be pressed and preserved, it may not have the look you may have expected. This brings me back to this being a natural
process.

Although we can preserve most flowers, there are many that
hold color and shape better than others. Here is a collective list of some of our team’s favorite flowers to have preserved.

peonies

spray roses

anemone

blue bells

stock flowers

butterfly ranunculus

colored ranunculus

larkspur

sweetpea

delphinium

tweedia

chamomile

baby's breath

protea

snapdragon

scabiosa

pampas grass

eucalyptus

ferns

dusty miller

caspia

queen anne's lace

cosmos

japanese anemones

quicksand roses

poppies

alstroemeria

hydrangea

veronica

rice flower

Astilbe

Astrantia

spirea

The fresher the flowers arrive the better. If the blooms have began to brown there is a higher chance that the flower will also brown in the preservation process.

It is important to note that despite this list, flower preservation is a natural process and that all flowers will have a change of color and shape when preserved. Over the years all of the colors eventually fade, but that is the beauty of it all!