A long and lasting bouquet of
blooming blossoms looking as fresh as the day you walked
down the aisle is the promise that the Bridal
Conservatory makes when you have your wedding bouquet
preserved with them. A first in the Philippines,
the Bridal Conservatory specializes in the fine art of
preserving fresh flowers. In this country of ours
with its tropical climate and intense humidity, floral
preservation used to be non existent. At best we
could only dry certain flowers or press them for framing
Because I just love flowers, I even ventured
into trying to preserve flowers using different methods
from immersing them in silica gel and microwaving to
simply hanging them upside down for air drying.
The results were quite dismal.
Brides often request for their bouquets to be
preserved, but only now, with Bridal Conservatory in
place, can I say, yes, it’s possible. According to
Melissa A. Jadwani, owner of Bridal Conservatory, they
treat each bloom in your bouquet using a patented “fresh
treatment” process. The blooms are then expertly
arranged and vacuum-sealed in exquisite glass dome
display cases or framed. They can also include
inside the display case a copy of the invitation or a
swatch of fabric or lace from the wedding gown.
Melissa is quick to add that the secret to perfectly
preserved flowers is beautiful, fresh blooms.
Since freshness is the key, they have arranged for a
pick-up service and usually suggest that the bride
orders a separate bouquet to toss at the reception so
that the real one remains fresh and intact.
is also requested that a reservation or booking be made
prior to the wedding date. A visit to the Bridal
Conservatory allows the bride to select her display case
options, design, and color. Arrangements for
pick-up and receipt of bouquet should also be
done. Lastly, since weddings have peak months, it
would be a good idea to give a downpayment so that
construction of your display case may be started and
made ready prior to the wedding date.
For most types of flowers, the preservation process
takes two weeks at the most. Since the process is
chemical based—not freeze-drying—certain blooms react in
specific ways. Flowers that do better in this
process are those that have less water content or whose
petals and leaves are sturdy. Good examples of
these are roses, calla lilies, orchids (like palynopsis
and dendrobiums), ranunculus, and hydrangeas, if really
fresh. Tulips have a tendency for the petals to
shrink or to become thinner.
Prices for the preserved flowers vary
depending on the amount of preserved blooms
chosen. One can choose a few flowers or the entire
bouquet. Also to be considered is the choice of
display casing. Prices range from P 5,000 to about
P13,000, depending on whether you want it in glass
domes, shadow boxes, or the works, with invitation,
fabric swatches, and bouquet thrown in. Keep your floral
keepsake indoors, in a cool, dry place. Avoid
displaying them in areas where there is direct heat or
light to avoid rapid discoloration of the flowers.
Lastly, never open the display case, once opened or
broken, humid air will wilt the preserved flowers.
Whether you preserve the whole bouquet or just one
perfect bloom, preserving one’s bouquet is creating a
wedding heirloom which will be remembered long after
your march down the aisle.
You may visit the Bridal Conservatory website at