Color Change | What to Expect from your Pressed Florals

Posted by Skye Radwan on

Your color palette might be, single-handedly, one of the most important visual features of your wedding day. These colors are included in every aspect of your celebration - from the bridesmaid dresses to the table space, and especially in your bridal bouquet.

So when you get your bouquet preserved, the question begs, will your flowers retain their original color?

The answer to that question lies in the color theme of your bouquet. More often than not, flowers will change color depending on their natural pigmentation.

As a general rule of thumb, bright and rich pigments will remain the same (think bright orange ranunculus or purple snapdragons). Pastel-themed bouquets will become, well, more pastel (peachy blooms will become a lighter peach). All white bouquets will take on a more antiqued, blonde look. 

It’s important to remember that each flower is unique and may press differently based on the specific variety of flowers your florist chooses. Regardless of color change, the sentiment behind your once-in-a-lifetime bouquet remains the same. 

We’ve received thousands of bouquets and pressed hundreds of thousands of flowers, for us to proudly provide this color change guide for the most common wedding flowers. 


You know we had to start with a classic! 

White Roses - when pressed, white roses tend to take on a more antiqued look (as do most white flowers). Stark white roses transform into a creamy blonde hue that we just love. 

Pro-tip: Although our white archival background is a winner, these blooms will truly shine in our float frame option.

Your roses will press differently depending on their specific variation and the condition your flowers arrived in. 

Red Roses - the most romantic bloom there is! Depending on which variety your florist chooses, when pressed, red roses can shift to a dark burgundy tone or a dramatic violet tone, both are equally stunning! 

Quicksand Roses (aka Sahara/Amnesia roses) - the queen of color change! Quicksand roses undergo the biggest color transformation once pressed. When fresh, quicksands embody elegance with their soft and dusty blush color. Yet, once pressed, they undergo a dramatic color change. 

Quicksands transform into a gray color that can range from deep bluish gray, to a soft gray with pink undertones, to a green-yellow gray. Based on which variety of quicksand you have in your bouquet, it’s unpredictable to tell which color they will take on before pressing - which speaks to the unique beauty of flowers!


A true wedding staple, the delicate layers in these blooms make us swoon. 

White Ranunculus - like white roses, white ranunculus transform into a blonde-toned beauty once pressed. Depending on the variety in your bouquet, they can also transform into a soft buttery yellow. 

White ranunculus' will press differently depending on their specific variation and the condition your flowers arrived in. 

Pastel Ranunculus - pastel-colored ranunculus seriously have our whole heart. Once pressed, the pigment in these blooms tends to become a slightly more pale version than what they look like fresh. 

Red Ranunculus - dramatic red ranunculus becomes richer once pressed, transforming into a stunning maroon color. 

Stock Flower

Tall, fluffy, and beautiful - stock flower adds layers of texture to all bouquets, both pressed and fresh!

White Stock - when pressed, white stock (like most other white flowers) transforms into an antiqued blonde color. If you haven’t already noticed, there's a pattern when it comes to fresh-to-pressed white flowers! 

It's not uncommon for white stock flower to darken once pressed.

Pink Stock - once pressed, the pigment in pink stock deepens. Depending on which shade of pink is in your bouquet, this bloom becomes more violet or takes on an orange undertone.


We love lizzies (our in-house nickname for them)! Lisianthus are such a sweet, sentimental addition to any bouquet - both fresh and pressed. 

White Lisianthus - white lisianthus turns into a buttery golden hued bloom when pressed! Did you know a touch of green pigment from the stem blends into this bloom when pressed on its side?

There are many different varieties of white lisianthus! Once pressed, their color can shift from stark white, to yellow, to green - that's the beauty of working with nature. 

While this is not an exhaustive list of flowers that experience color change, we hope this guide helps you in knowing what to expect from your pressed flowers!

As mentioned before, each flower has its own unique characteristics and may press wildly different than what it looked like fresh. That is the beauty of flowers: they are from the earth, not a factory - meaning that each and every one is unique in their own special way.

The beauty of your pressed bouquet lies in the memories it holds! Explore our preservation options to turn your once-in-a-lifetime florals into lasting works of art.

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