I didn't know what to do with my bouquet, or what I'd eventually do with it, but I did know that I wanted to have it dried in case I thought up some idea later on. So I asked my mom to take my bouquet and my sister's bouquet home to hang up to dry. She took the bouquets apart and hung them with ribbon on hangers in the guest room closet, where they dried over the next month.
They are still at my parent's house, but I'm hoping to put the bouquet back together, spray it with some dried floral preservative spray from Hobby Lobby, (which I'm convinced is just hairspray) and leave it in a vase next to a picture from the wedding.
Cleaning your dress: The last thing we had to think about was getting my dress cleaned. By the end of the wedding, the bottom of my dress was filthy!! My mom was too scared to take it to the dry-cleaner for a few reasons. For one, her friend from work recently went into her closet to get her wedding gown for her newly engaged daughter to try on. When she opened up the garment bag, the entire dress was yellow! It hadn't been preserved very well and she thinks the chemicals from the Dry Cleaner reacted to the dress over the years. Another friend of mine had some damage done to her dress when she took it in for dry-cleaning! After our dry-cleaner recently ruined a white shirt that I had dropped off to them in April my mom said "No WAY am I taking your dress to the dry-cleaner" and she began researching how to clean it yourself. Unfortunately, I don't have any before and after pictures, but let's just say that my mom did a great job of getting the dirt out of the bottom of the dress by gently hand washing it with mild soap and water!
What are/did you doing/do with your bouquet and dress after the wedding?