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As Iceland wedding planners and destination wedding photographers, we strive each week to bring you unique Iceland inspired blog posts that motivate, elaborate, educate, and offer support to aid you for your biggest adventure yet, your wedding day!
A few of you have privately messaged us to ask how Iceland Wedding Planner began… Short Answer: Our love of wedding details, planning, destination wedding photography, and Iceland fueled it. Long Answer: Must be over wine and a Skype session 😉
Good news though! You are not alone; we’ve personally been in your shoes trying to plan an unique and adventurous wedding in Iceland. We actually held our April 2012 Iceland destination wedding at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, took our guests for a wedding day tour by having our champagne toast at Vik Beach, stopped for rainbows and horses at Skogafoss Waterfall, held our reception on the Ranga River (in Hella, Iceland), and also organized pre/post wedding itinerary for 40 guests from around the world. Countless hours were spent researching, phone calls, designing, creating, asking endless questions, scouting trips and networking with Iceland’s premiere wedding vendors. All of which have led us to be an experienced leader in Iceland’s wedding industry who can now help you plan your dream wedding in Iceland. Please feel free to contact us for more information on planning or photographing your stunning Iceland wedding day!
For this week’s Iceland wedding blog post, we are going to expand on everyone’s favorite detail: The bridal bouquet and teaching you how to preserve it! When choosing your Iceland wedding flowers, first check out our blog post on this very topic, here. It may be helpful to you as you Iceland wedding plan and consider the endless Iceland wedding bouquet options out there.
So it’s months later and there you are in Iceland and it’s your wedding day, woohoo! Your Iceland florist or Iceland wedding planner delivers your wedding flowers to your hotel room and hopefully you’re in awe! You will be if we are organizing your Iceland wedding arrangements. Do a little happy dance and squeal a bit in excitement because you’re getting married in Iceland today!
Iceland Wedding Planner Tip: If you have chosen a fresh flower wedding bouquet, keep them in water as much as possible when you are not holding them.
Iceland Wedding Photographer Tip: Bring a special and/or colorful broach to put on the stem of your flowers, it’s a super sweet detail that helps make your bouquet pop in your Iceland wedding portraits! Rhinestone pins also bring an incredible elegance to your bouquets and centerpieces. <Real Wedding in Iceland Example: We had some vintage rhinestone pins mixed in with our Iceland wedding reception centerpieces and got so many compliments from our guests for this extra detail!> See our Iceland wedding photos below for an example of wedding bouquet broaches.
Once you’re in your Iceland wedding dress, ready to walk down the aisle at your gorgeous Iceland wedding ceremony, pack a vase (or more if you have bridesmaids) to take with you along with you as you travel throughout your wedding day adventure. Being able to keep the bridal bouquet hydrated throughout your wedding day gives your fresh flowers the best chance to have continuous beauty during all of your Iceland wedding photo locations. It is also a good idea to bring a small towel or wash cloth to wipe off the excess water each time you pull it out. That way, as you travel around with your Iceland wedding photographer to iconic wedding photo spots, your dress stays dry and your flowers hydrated! Once you arrive back to your reception spot, get them back into water if possible. If not, this is the point that you can begin your preserving process.
Preserving your fresh flower Iceland bridal bouquet is super easy if you follow these steps <We personally did this, so rest assured it is tried and true>:
Step 1: Keep the wedding bouquet in water until it begins to wilt.
Step 2: Take a satin ribbon/yarn that is ~2 feet and on one end tie a tight knot to the bulk stem of your bouquet.
Step 3: Turn the bouquet upside down (so that it is hanging upside down) and take the other end of that ribbon and tie it to something in the hotel room (a lamp or closet hangers are perfect for this part).
Step 4: When you are leaving Iceland to go back home, wrap the bouquet in a plastic or cloth bag, add silica drying beads (if you have them) and pack it in with your clothes in the bag that you are checking <this is easiest because each county’s custom rules are different>.
Step 5: When you arrive home from your Iceland wedding adventure, hang the wedding flowers back up in a cool dry place so they can continue to dry out. <Mine hung in our basement>.
Step 6: After 3-4 weeks, your bouquet should be dried out and ready to be put away as your special keepsake of your wedding day in Iceland!
Back when all of our parents were getting married, fresh flowers were not as popular as they are now (silk flowers were most popular then). As the eras have gone on, it seems as though wedding niceties have become more detailed and elaborate. One way many years ago to preserve your wedding details was to shadow box it and display it somewhere in your home. This is totally still an option but not everyone has the space to do this. An idea for you from our Iceland wedding experience: Put your favorite wedding items in your Love Letter Ceremony Box! Why? Because it serves a dual purpose! It helps you transport your items safely back to your home country once your destination wedding in Iceland is complete and also acts as a time capsule of your wedding day.
Although our love letter box was “locked” during the ceremony, we unlocked it once we returned from our Iceland Seljalandsfoss Wedding, so we could store the following mementos inside:
- Our Iceland Wedding Vows.
- Our Iceland Wedding Place Cards from our wedding welcome dinner and our wedding reception.
- Iceland Wedding Love Letters to each other and letters from our parents.
- Chris’s Boutonniere.
- Ann’s Iceland Wedding Bouquet <It is very small and crispy now as you’ll see from our photos below>.
- Heartfelt cards we gave to each other when we exchanged day of gifts and special cards our guests also gave to us.
- Our Destination Wedding Champagne Glasses.
- Iceland Wedding Invitation.
- Our Newspaper Announcement.
Even if you do not perform a love letter ceremony, having a special keepsake box after your wedding used to gather your details in, is a timeless idea. How fun to grab it each year on your wedding anniversary and reminisce? We strongly encourage you to do this, keep that newly wedded bliss going for a lifetime! For a few of our clients, we have made a leather bound album box with one of their wedding photos on it and they used that as the keeper of their wedding relics. Neat ideas –so think about what works best for you and your Iceland wedding details.
Iceland Wedding Planner, would love the opportunity to help you brainstorm, book, create, mock up, and be there to ensure your amazing wedding in Iceland is flawlessly perfect. Photos by Miss Ann would also be honored to be the one who captures such an epic time in your lives so please contact us for more details on how to make that happen!
With a smile, Ann & Chris Peters
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