Choosing Flowers For Your Bouquet

Although virtually all types of flowers may be preserved, some respond better to the preservation process than others. As a quick guide, pick flowers that have nice, firm, leathery-feeling petals. Also, the more resilient a specimen is in its fresh form, the better. Flowers of this type, such as roses and calla lilies, will more often than not, stand up well to the preservation process -- and therefore will retain their original fresh forms best. Blooms with high moisture content -- those we might consider spongy in texture, like tulips and "Casablanca" lilies -- will respond to preservation differently. Their coloring will give way to lighter shade, and the petals may become so papery thin that they cannot hold up on their own. The same characteristics also hold true for foliage. To assist you and your florist in your floral choices, here is a collection of the most classic bridal blooms in white.

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Preserves extremely well.  Colors darken. Preserves fairly well.  Colors lighten Preserves extremely well.  Petals will be papery thin but colors are nice. Bruises easily and has a shorter (cut) life than most orchids, but preserves fairly well at its freshest Preserves extremely well.  Colors darken Bruises easily when fresh.  Does not retain form well when preserved Color turns creamy. Fragile when preserved. Blossoms dry papery thin. Sturdy blooms, good when preserved. Preserves extremely well, Local varieties wilt easily when fresh. Preserves extremely well, but fresh specimens last shorter than hybrid tea varieties. Preserves well.  Fresh blooms are long-lasting. Bruises and wilts easily when fresh.