| Frequently Asked Questions |
We want to make it easy for you! So, here's the basics!
Can I drop off my flowers and/or pick up my completed pieces?
Absolutely! If interested in local drop-off and pick-up (Lafayette, Louisiana), please make a note in checkout under 'Note to Seller' of a few dates and times that work best for you. I'll do my best to accommodate your schedule.
What flowers are best/worst for pressing?
The flowers listed below should be used as a guide. Please remember that flowers are a natural product, and each flower will press and age differently.
Flowers that may not press well:
Calla lilies, Lilies, Lisianthus, White Orchids, Daffodils, Chrysanthemums, Tulips, White Gladiolus
Flowers that need to be dropped- off fresh (between 1-4 days):
Sunflowers (may not press/hold together well...some are more delicate than others), Daisies, Peonies, Carnations, Roses (if the open-face look is desired.. most often used in the oval layout), Dahlias, Zinnias, Anemones, Irises, Ranunculus, Hydrangeas, Orchids
Note: All flowers colors will change in one way or another. Some flowers may darken while others get lighter. White flowers especially will fade to off-white, ivory, or tan. All of these changes are natural and should be expected.
Do you accept orders shipped to you from out of state (Louisiana)?
Yes! We accept shipped bouquets, and you can pay for shipping at checkout to have your finished pieces shipped back to you. Fresh flowers MUST be overnighted to us on the Monday following the event. Please see our full set of overnight shipping instructions here. Dried flowers don't require overnight shipping, but please be sure to follow our full set of dried flower shipping instructions here.
How do you choose the flowers?
Personal flowers can either be given/sent directly to us to use in your Petal Press Decor, OR we can choose the flowers you may like based on color scheme and other specifics given by you. Most flowers and greenery are purchased from local floral shops such as www.spedales.com located in Lafayette, LA.
Do you only make custom pieces?
No. While we love making custom pieces for our customers, we also have a variety of in-stock pieces available for purchase through our website and social media!
How long does it usually take to complete my custom order?
Each piece is made based on a first-order, first-serve basis. Most orders are completed within 4-6 months of me receiving your payment (subject to change based on demand) due to the flower pressing process as well as the number of orders ahead of yours. If you need to RUSH your order for any reason, please email us at email@example.com to discuss if this is possible on the given timeline.
Can you use flowers that are old and dried out?
Yes! Flowers can be fresh or dried when given to us.
What's the oldest bouquet you've ever worked with?
33 years old! --- How amazing! Keep in mind that this bouquet was kept in a plastic bag for it's lifetime after the wedding until given to me, so there was no dust on the petals. Old bouquets that have been sitting in a vase on a shelf can collect a lot of dust. The less dust, the better!
What kind of personalization can be done?
Almost any Petal Press can have personalization added to it! These are printed on natural pulp paper and hand-torn before adding to your piece. Bridal Bouquets typically have the last name and wedding date added. Funeral flowers typically have the name of the loved one and their D.O.B. and D.O.D. --- Other personalization may include quotes, prayers, Bible verses, recipes, or anything else you'd love!
How long will my Petal Press last?
While I wish I had a definite answer for this question, it's impossible for me to answer. Keep in mind that our purpose is to prolong the life of your flowers to be around longer than they would be just sitting on a shelf completely open to the elements. Remember that flowers are a natural product and each flower will age differently; just like us! It is also possible that the colors in your press change or fade. This is natural.
What are your care instructions for each press?
- Display indoors in a well ventilated area with low moisture
- Do not place in direct sunlight
- Lightly wipe with a lint-free rag to clean
- Do not place items on top of the completed piece
- Should not be stored in a closed container for an extended amount of time
- If shipping is necessary, be sure to wrap the entire piece in clear cellophane (no ink or design) before packing in paper or peanuts.
- FOR WOODEN PRESSES ONLY: For an additional layer of protection, spray a clear non-yellowing Acrylic Sealer on top of the completed piece. (Acrylic Sealer should be applied no sooner than 4 weeks after the piece is completed.)