When the cake is eaten and the dress is put away, you’ll still have your memories, right? Photographs of your wedding day are truly priceless, but if you’re looking for another sweet momento from your big day, consider saving your stems. That big beautiful bouquet isn’t going to last very long, but you can easily save it and display it somewhere in your home as a sweet reminder of that perfect day. Here’s how to preserve your wedding bouquet in 8 simple steps.

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1. A great time to start the drying process is when you notice your flowers looking a little less than perky. When you see your flowers begin to look a little sad, take them out of their water, give em a little trim to your liking, and begin.

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2. Grab some rubber bands. I like the ones from the grocery store that come around produce, like broccoli. They’re super thick and strong.

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3. Wrap a few of them around the base of your flowers. Put them in some sort of arrangement you’re happy with before you rubberband them. That way they’ll look somewhat decent after drying is complete. Dried flowers are delicate and petals easily come off if you jostle them too much.

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4. Next, get some twine or string. This will be used to hang your bouquet while it dries.

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5. Wrap the base of the stems tightly, near the rubber bands, and knot. Leave a long piece (12-24 inches) to tie to a hook or hanger.

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6. Next, find a cool, dark place to hang your flowers – somewhere away from sunlight. A closet works well. Hang them upside down and leave them alone for 2-3 weeks until they are completely dry.

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7. Wait patiently and leave them to dry for 2-3 weeks.

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8. Voila! Enjoy your beautiful, dried bouquet! Display them in a vase, or leave them hanging and attach to a hook on a wall. Don’t worry if a few delicate petals fall off while you’re arranging. Put them in the bottom of a clear glass vase around your stems, or save them for a journal entry or even an anniversary card.

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How will you remember your big day?