Bouquets and Bell Jars
I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day and found an old-fashioned bouquet preservation technique that tickled my fancy: cloches, otherwise known as bell jars. The same goes for flowers that are placed in glass jars of any shape or size. I have a giant jar in my closet with a darling cork at the top that once held dried roses from my partner (now it holds my rock collection!), so I'm a tad partial to the look of shiny glass over the fragile and gorgeous visual texture of flower petals. Let's talk about why I love this touch so much and what you can do to shake it up and stand out in a crowd of bell jars and florals.
The "Beauty and the Beast" Aesthetic
Maybe I got my fascination with flowers behind glass from the Disney classic, "Beauty and the Beast," where the magical rose that loses petals throughout the film floats inside a large bell jar at the top of Prince Adam's tower. Regardless of if you put a rose in your jar or not, flowers inside of a glass cocoon can make your special day feel like a fairytale. Try varying the sizes and shapes of the jars you use to encase your flowers in and experiment with lights in the form of glow-in-the-dark-paint, glitter, and/or fairy lights for an extra spark of magic at your wedding. If you're looking for a more rustic look, try wrapping mason jars in twine or wrapping your jars in a cute ribbon.
Preserving your flowers
You can place your flowers inside glass jars on your special day (it may even keep the wind or your guests from ruining your gorgeous arrangements!), but you can also keep them encased afterwards to keep them for your memories. Many brides hope to keep at least one flower from their wedding bouquet as a keepsake and a great way to do that is to dry the flowers, then put them in a glass jar of some sort. The jar cuts down on the dusting you'll need to do on the flowers themselves and will stop kids, pets, and more from accidentally crushing your flowers some day.
To see more about different bouquet flowers, check out our blog posts on daffodils, delphinium, dahlias, lilacs, carnations, hydrangeas, lavender, or lily of the valley.
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