Preserving Wedding Memories, Preserving Wedding Bouquets Thanks to Pressed Bouquet Shop
We have said it time and time again — the wedding bouquet is a big deal. And it is! It’s a gorgeous and tangible memory from the wedding day. It’s with you from the moment you start your walk down the aisle, through your “I Do’s” and all the way up to the time you’re ready to pass it onto a single friend. So it’s only natural that you want to preserve something so special and significant. And what’s better than pressing your blooms to be cherished for years to come? At the Pressed Bouquet Shop, they certainly know a thing or two about bouquet preservation.
A Tangible Sentiment
At Pressed Bouquet Shop, they focus their efforts on serving clients with sentimental flowers. As Amelia Paradysz, CEO & Founder, notes, “I love being able to give our clients the ability to preserve a tangible piece of their wedding day. Photos are wonderful, but reminiscing over the actual flowers held on their wedding day evokes even more emotions. We absolutely love seeing the incredible reactions from our clients — whether they pick up their pieces from our showroom or share their unboxing videos and photos.”
And it all starts with pressing the blooms, which is not just limited to the flowers from a bridal bouquet, but can include many different florals from the day. Pressed Bouquet Shop presses and preserves bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnières, centerpieces, flower crowns, dog collars, corsages, table flowers, and even individual stems and cake flowers. Bottom line, if it’s floral, they can press it.
Additionally, their pieces are all custom and handcrafted, giving them the ability to add unique touches, such as a wedding invite, ribbon or fabric, photographs, or a combination of additions to make the keepsake unique and special based on your specific taste and preferences.
Cherishing Your Pressed Florals
At the Pressed Bouquet Shop pressed flowers can be incorporated into a custom frame design or a custom resign design where pressed floral art meets functionality. Couples can admire their wedding bouquet, boutonnière, and other flowers in a custom frame design with a selection of elegant, rustic, and classic frames — styles to fit any home in sizes 16x20, 10x10, and 6x6 inches. Dried floral resin options include coasters, ring holders, serving trays, and display trays.
Paradysz explains their most popular design and oldest product offering is their 16x20 frames, which they offer in white, natural, barn, gray, black, and gold wood options. “These frame colors have the option to be showcased in a traditional frame design where the flowers are mounted on an archival white grade background ($389) or with a modern approach where the pressed flowers are displayed between two panes of glass ($469). . . . These are currently [their] highest priced items and all other preservation prices decrease in rate based on size, time, and the amount of product used.”
Another popular item is their resin serving tray, which they offer in their pressed flower and petal confetti designs. These trays are currently priced at $269.
Making the Decision for Bouquet Preservation
So you’re interested and ready to make the investment? You can place your order anywhere from six months in advance of your wedding up until the week of the event, which we’re told is rare in the floral preservation industry and unique to the Pressed Bouquet Shop. “Very often couples find that they develop an attachment to their blooms on their wedding day and decide after their big day that they would like to preserve their flowers. Whenever a decision is made to invest in flower preservation, all orders can be conveniently placed [online].”
At PressedBouquetShop.com you can browse all available options and build a collection of your favorite pieces. Never without the support you may need from these pros, you also have the option to schedule a complimentary consultation with their Client Relations Manager (either in-person or virtually) prior to placing the order to talk through any questions or specific requests. And if that’s not enough, the Pressed Bouquet Shop also offers an ordering guide on their website to help you decide what flowers should be sent depending on the items you choose to order, so you’ll never have to wonder.
The Process from Bouquet to Pressed Florals
With the decision made to press your florals, you will have to take care to ensure the Pressed Bouquet Shop receives your flowers timely and in good form. Paradysz explains, “After the big day, it is important that we receive the flowers as soon as possible. If shipping the flowers, we provide detailed shipping instructions as well as a professional demonstration video to guide clients through the process. If local to Allentown, PA, [where the Pressed Bouquet Shop is located] clients can drop-off their flowers to [their] beautiful showroom and avoid the costs of shipping the flowers.”
Once the flowers are received in their Pennsylvania shop, their team of creatives begin working their magic! “[They] pride [themselves] on using a combination of preservation methods to ensure the best method is used for each specific bloom and preservation style.” From there, the design is handcrafted into a meaningful thing of beauty. These personal efforts mean that turnaround time may vary with demand, but typically can take between four and eight weeks for you to have your flowers back in your hands as a pressed work of art.
Of course, we couldn’t not ask about the shelf-life of these magnificent pressed designs, because once you get them back you surely won’t want to let them go again. Truthfully, Paradysz notes, “The shelf-life of [their] pressed designs depends entirely on the client and the specific blooms in each arrangement!” So how will you know how to care for your new momento? “With each order, [they] provide important instructions on how to care for your bouquet preservation piece, such as keeping your frame and resin design away from sunlight, avoiding excessive heat or humidity, and handling with utmost care when cleaning and displaying the piece(s).”
How the Pressed Bouquet Shop All Began
For Paradysz it all started at a young age. She tells us, “I have always had a love for nature and flowers. Growing up I would watch my mom tend to her flower beds, and my dad would plant a vegetable garden every year. When I moved into my downtown Bethlehem apartment, I was lucky enough to have an outdoor space with a tiny patch of land. It was there that I planted my first flower garden and watched it grow. The zinnias I started from seed grew nearly 5 feet tall. I was so proud. Remembering the single-pressed white rose my grandmother gifted to me on my sixteenth birthday, I decided I would give this preservation method a try.” And the rest as they say was history. She shared her newfound hobby with friends and family on social media and soon she got a request to press a former co-worker’s wedding bouquet. “The snowball effect of social media continued and flower-pressing requests began piling up. I launched the Pressed Bouquet Shop on Etsy at the peak of the pandemic. While many couples postponed their big day, there were some who opted for a micro-wedding, which heightened the sentiment of their tangible wedding day décor, including their flowers — driving a need for preservation. After many late nights, I felt a calling to make the Pressed Bouquet Shop my life’s passion. I left my steady full-time job and opened a storefront just 30 days later to fully begin the journey of entrepreneurship.”
Paradysz’s bold decision to forge her own path led to a special shop that is a woman-owned small business, where they have created many unique and creative employment opportunities for their team of artisans and professionals.
Photos courtesy of Pressed Bouquet Shop
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