The Most Nostalgic Centerpiece We’ve Ever Seen (Plus 9 Ways To Use Dried Flowers)

by Bridget Clegg
Photo: Toole Art Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Toole Art Photography

When you know, you know! With amazing foresight, Michigan bride Shelley Clark collected a rose from every bouquet that her then-boyfriend now-husband gave her throughout middle school and high school and displayed them at their wedding reception. While you probably don't have a collection of sentimental stems at your disposal, you can still take advantage of the nostalgic romance of dried flowers by including them in your bouquets, boutonnieres, wedding signage and reception centerpieces. See how Shelley showed off her dried rose collection, then check out the photos below to see how to pull it off at your wedding!

Photo: Toole Art Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Toole Art Photography

Photo: Toole Art Photography

From the album: An Elegant Farm Wedding In Michigan

Dried Flower and Lavender Bouquet

Photo: Cly Creation // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Cly Creation

Photo: Cly Creation

From the album: A Rustic Cultural Wedding In Rhinebeck, NY

Dried Lavender Boutonniere with Feathers

Photo: Nelson Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Nelson Photography

Photo: Nelson Photography

From the album: A Modern Wedding In Princeton, NJ

Welcome Sign With Dried Bouquets

Photo: Hahn Lindsey Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Hahn Lindsey Photography

Photo: Hahn Lindsey Photography

From the album: A Vintage Wedding In Paso Robles, CA

Dried and Fresh Flower Drinks Station Decor

Photo: Hahn Lindsey Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Hahn Lindsey Photography

Photo: Hahn Lindsey Photography

From the album: A Vintage Wedding In Paso Robles, CA

Vintage Keys and Dried Herbs Chair Decor

Photo: Landon Jacob Productions // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Landon Jacob Productions

Photo: Landon Jacob Productions

From the album: A Handmade Country Wedding In Neeses, SC

Dried Rose and Herb Pew Decor

Photo: Hahn Lindsey Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Hahn Lindsey Photography

Photo: Hahn Lindsey Photography

From the album: A Vintage Wedding In Paso Robles, CA

Dried Leaf and Fresh Flower Pomander Boxed Centerpiece

Photo: Kathy Blanchard Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Kathy Blanchard Photography

Photo: Kathy Blanchard Photography

From the album: A Modern Wedding In Monkton, MD

Rustic Dried Wheat and Lavender Centerpieces

Photo: Cly Creation // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Cly Creation

Photo: Cly Creation

From the album: A Rustic Cultural Wedding In Rhinebeck, NY

Dried Rose Petal Exit Toss Cones

Photo: Annemari Ruthven Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Annemari Ruthven Photography

Photo: Annemari Ruthven Photography

From the album: A DIY South African Wedding

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