| Frequently Asked Questions |
We want to make it easy for you! So, here's the basics!
I'm starting to suggest the hanging process a bit differently in order to ensure the flowers stay in the best shape possible. Because bouquets are so full and tightly packed, mold is always a concern. I suggest taking the flowers out of the bouquet and hanging them either one-by-one or in bunches (no more than 3 flowers per bunch) upside down from a regular clothes hanger to dry in a dark, cool, indoor space with low humidity until you can get them to me. It's best to get the flowers to me as soon as possible, or within 1 weeks. You can do this by taking the bouquet apart, or cutting the flowers out of the bouquet and leaving at least half of the stem attached to the flower bud. The additional greenery and sprigs should also be hung upside down to keep them straight and dry. Do not leave them in water. If your bouquet has already been dried for months/years, that's fine too!
Can I drop off my flowers and/or pick up my completed pieces?
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)?Absolutely! We accept shipped bouquets, and you can pay for shipping at checkout to have your finished pieces shipped back to you. Email me at petalpressdecor.com for my shipping address. SHIPPING INFO: If interested in shipping your bouquet, please make a note in checkout under 'Note to Seller' that you will be shipping your bouquet. Once dried for about 1-2 weeks (follow instructions above for drying), pack your bouquet with INK-FREE paper (packing paper, copy paper, and paper towels work well). Use extra paper or peanuts to fill in any gaps in the box. Make sure to use 'fragile' stickers if shipping. 2-3 day shipping is recommended.
How do you choose the flowers?
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 1-2 months of me receiving your order (subject to change based on demand). IF you need to rush your order for any reason, please make a note at checkout, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will do my best to accommodate your needs.
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?
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. This does not mean that your press will last 'forever' --- but then again, nothing does. 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 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.)