You may have read that Kate Middleton will continue the Windsor family tradition of placing her bridal bouquet on the tomb of the unknown soldier. Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana took part in this tradition. I don't know if she will do it herself or if it will be placed there by someone else, but it got me thinking about what you can do with your bridal bouquet after the wedding ceremony.
Since the bouquet toss isn't as popular as it used to be, a new tradition of presenting the bridal bouquet to a special guest - mother, grandmother, couple who have been married the longest - has been gaining momentum. But what if you don't want to give your bouquet away?
Some brides will have the bridal bouquet with them at the reception, lying on the table they are seated at. Others may have the florist use it as decor on the cake table. I've seen wedding cakes surrounded by a "wreath" of bridesmaid bouquets with the bride's placed at the center of it.
Or if you want to keep it in pristine condition you can ask your florist to have a vase filled with a small amount of water for you to place your bouquet after the ceremony so one side isn't crushed flat. Best to keep it in the bridal suite so it doesn't get damaged by a guest by accident. This will allow you to save your bouquet and either have it mounted in a frame or dry it out and save it as a keepsake in your home.
For brides who don't have room at home, or don't want to save the whole bouquet, take a few petals from each type of flower in your bouquet and place them in the pages of a heavy book to press and dry them. Then you can store a few petals (the best ones) in glassine bags or envelopes and paste them in your wedding scrapbook.