In Korea, most brides have to choose their bouquet receiver beforehand. I knew that I would be receiving my co-worker’s bouquet at least three months before her wedding. During that time, I learned that there is a new trend that requires more work for the bouquet receiver.
After getting the bouquet, the receiver returns the dried flower in a glass container. The glass container could be a jar or a dome. I do not know who started this idea, but it is spreading quickly in Korea. The older generations were surprised that this new tradition existed.
I started drying the bouquet as soon as I got back from the wedding. First, I took the bouquet apart into individual pieces.
Then I laid out some extra petals into a box.
I used a clothing hanger and some rubber bands to put the flowers upside down to dry. I had to make sure that the flowers wouldn’t touch each other. After one day, the petals were already dried up.
After a week, some of the colors came out darker than before.
Three weeks after I started, all of the flowers were dried up and ready to use. I kept the ribbons and needles from the bouquet so I can reuse it and I bought a small glass dome with some lights on Gmarket (LED Glass Dome).
At first, I was greedy and I tried to put all of the dried flowers inside, but it didn’t look as pretty.
It looked much better when I left some empty space.
In a dark room, it COULD look a little creepy?
Next time, I would just dry 2 or 3 of the best flowers and make a more simple glass dome. Thankfully, I was able to surprise my co-worker with this gift and she seemed to love it 🙂