Preserving Your Bridal Bouquet: 4 Ways to Do It

Posted: September 16th, 2020
Bridal Bouquets & Wedding Flowers in Middlebury, VT

Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime milestone, so it makes sense that you would want to hold onto as many mementos as possible from that special day. A popular tradition among brides is preserving the bouquet they carefully selected and carried down the aisle.

While you could always have your flowers preserved by a professional, there are a few easy DIY options you can do at home if you want to save money or just have the experience of doing it yourself. Try one of the methods below to turn your bridal bouquet into an everlasting keepsake!

1) Press your flowers

Place the flowers from your bridal bouquet between two pieces of parchment or wax paper (one underneath and one on top). Close them between a heavy book, such as a textbook or phonebook, and weigh it down with a few more items on top. Leave for 7-10 days and voila! The press method is perfect for framing flowers for the wall or gluing them into your guestbook.

2) Immerse in silica gel

Silica gel removes moisture from its surrounding environment and will preserve the shape and color of your bridal bouquet. Pick some up at any craft store and create a bed layer in an airtight container that can fit your flowers. Place the flowers on the gel layer, then cover them fully among the petals with more gel, taking care not to compromise the shape. Let them sit for one week.

3) Preserve in resin

Resin is a fun way to turn bridal flowers into unique décor! Head to the craft store and grab a mold of your desired shape—a heart, initials, etc.—and some clear epoxy resin. Fill the mold halfway with the resin, then carefully arrange the flowers how you want them to look in the liquid. Once set, fill the rest of the mold to the top and let it dry.

4) Hang your bouquet to dry

Although the colors of your flowers may be a little more muted with this method, it is your simplest option. Tie your bouquet together tightly and hang it upside down somewhere warm and dry, such as the inside of a cabinet, for several weeks. If you can dry them in a spot that’s also dark, this will help preserve as much of the color and scent as possible.

For help crafting a one-of-a-kind custom bridal bouquet you’ll want to preserve and look upon for years to come, enlist Cole’s Flowers to take care of your wedding flowers! Our bouquets range from traditional to modern in style and are available with all the embellishments necessary to make it feel like you.

Call us today at 802-388-4003 to discuss all of your wedding flower needs!

3 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Florist

Posted: August 3rd, 2020
Wedding Florist in Middlebury, VT

There are a lot of different elements that go into planning your wedding—the venue, the dress, food, music, etc. But what really helps you set the tone and pull all of those elements together are your wedding flowers! When you choose a florist for your wedding, it’s important to find someone whose style matches your tastes and who is willing to work with you as closely as necessary to bring your vision to life.

Here are our top three tips for choosing the right wedding florist:


1) Get an idea of your flower preferences and needs before you talk to anyone.

If you don’t know what you want or need for your wedding flowers, it’s going to be difficult to determine if a florist you’re considering is well-suited for the job. Start your search for the perfect florist by researching your perfect flowers first. Look online and at shops around to figure out what colors, flower types, and arrangement styles you like best. Throughout this process, consider things like the venue, season, budget, theme, and size of your wedding to narrow down what you need logistically.

2) Ask for recommendations.

Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for in your wedding flowers, talk to people you know to see if they have any recommendations for a florist. Ask married friends and family, your wedding planner if you have one, or even your connections on social media if they’ve had a good experience or heard good things about someone. After you have some contenders to consider, check them out online to read reviews and see if you like their style.

3) Schedule a meeting with your top choices before making your final decision.

After you’ve researched and gotten a few leads for a florist, make an appointment to interview/speak with each one individually. You’ll be able to get a better idea of whether they suit your preferences, are able to meet your needs, and seem like an overall good fit for the job. Don’t forget to bring some of those examples you found of what you have in mind, wedding color swatches, and any pictures of the venue that can help the florist discuss your vision with you.

If you’re planning a wedding in the Middlebury, Vermont area, let Cole’s Flowers go above and beyond to take care of all your floral needs! Our consultants will work with you to custom-design arrangements, bouquets, décor, and all of the other floral elements you need to make your wedding magical.

Contact us today to get started with a consultation!

Best Flowers For Fall Weddings

Posted: September 24th, 2019
Fall Wedding Flowers

Fall is an extremely popular season for weddings. The weather is just right-not too hot, not too cold, and the beautiful Autumn leaves create the perfect backdrop for a Fall wedding. When it comes to flowers there are many different options to choose from.

Here are a few flower options perfect for a Fall wedding:


Chrysanthemums are the most traditional go-to fall flower, and are often referred to as the “Queen of Fall Flowers.” Chrysanthemums bloom in a wide array of colors, which is great news for brides, because there are lots of color options making it easy to match your mums to your wedding’s theme and décor.

DaisiesFall Wedding Flowers

While daisies may seem like they are primarily a summer flower, because they often thought of as yellow, these flowers also bloom in rich, fall colors, such as purples and reds. In dark tones, these flowers are big and beautiful, and will help draw out any other fall colors present in your theme.


If you’re looking to paint a to-die-for romantic setting at your fall wedding, consider going with purple aster flowers. The deep purple color on these tiny wild-looking flowers will give your wedding an intimate and regal feel. Purple aster is associated with love and patience, two things that are key to a successful marriage.

Snow DropsFall Wedding Flowers

For a unique winter-white bouquet, perfect for a fall wedding easing into the winter season, many couples choose to go with snowdrop flowers. These flowers have petals that turn towards the ground. They are thought to symbolize hope, purity and rebirth.

Weddings are about celebrating you and your spouse and it’s important to choose flowers that are an expression of your love for one another. Let Coles Flowers help you choose the right fall flowers for your wedding! Contact us today to find your perfect wedding bouquet!