Frequently Asked Questions
The most frequently asked questions you can find below. If you still have a question about your bouquet preservation piece and don't see the answer here, feel free to go to this page here to contact us with your question.
I currently have an 14-18 week turnaround window, though this may change depending on bookings. This window also only starts once I’ve received your flowers in my hands. Drying your flowers alone can take 2-3 weeks before I even have a chance to work with them! Patience is key in the drying process, we want to make sure there is no moisture left in your flowers.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on your email inbox too, because the sooner I get your design approval confirmation, the sooner I can get started on pouring your piece! The longer you take to get back to me, obviously the longer the delay is for getting started.
Please be mindful as well that I do try to respond and work as fast as I can. I do have a toddler and work a full time job (which I love) too. I am a human being and am working as quickly as I can for you!
There is a minimum of $350 required for a custom bouquet preservation piece. This is simply due to the time and supplies required to process your flowers and get them prepped for a piece. Unfortunately I cannot commit to doing smaller custom orders at this time.
Yes! I do book only a certain amount of orders per week, meaning, once a week is full, I do not accept further customs. You will be required to pay a deposit and select your wedding date. Please do this ASAP as I will send order forms about design questions and get your final invoice sent to you prior to your date as well.
Yes! As long as you're taking good care of your piece, you should be able to carry them with you for a lifetime. Please note that direct sunlight can cause your resin to yellow and the natural colour of your flowers to fade over time, so be sure to keep your piece somewhere safe and away from direct sunlight.
Previously dried flowers can be very fragile, so dropping them off in person is preferred! If you must ship though, please be sure to following shipping instructions to a tea, otherwise I may end up receiving a box of confetti and dust.
Faux flowers don’t need as much care when shipping, but we don’t want them arriving squished either (as reshaping them isn’t an easy task).
No, with an asterisk*
Due to customs and border regulations, fresh flowers cannot be shipped across the border into Canada. If you'd like for me to work with a local florist to recreate a mini version of your bouquet here in Canada, I'd be happy to work on something with replica flowers for you. There would be an additional cost for the flowers themselves.
Previously dried botanicals and faux flowers, can be shipped internationally. As mentioned with previously dried flowers though, these are extremely fragile and I don't know that I'd be 100% confident in having you ship these fragile beauties internationally. Faux flowers, absolutely, let's do it!
Yes and no. Flower colours become deeper and the pigment can become more saturated when they dry. This means that the colours of your flowers, may change as they dry. Some yellows can turn more orange, reds turn to a darker burgundy, some whites dry to a beige, cream or off white tone, purples can result in darker tones, etc. If you have a specific question about a specific colour or flower, feel free to ask me any time.
There are some botanicals that don't dry well at all. For example, Hypericum berries always dry black, regardless of the colour of the berry (similarly to raisins). Succulents will not preserve as they shrivel up to nothing. Tulip petals shrink down to slivers. Thick stalked flowers that hold a lot of moisture are not going to be your friend here. If there is lots of moisture, that moisture is removed and it will shrivel and shrink. If you have these type of items in your bouquet and would like to include them in your preservation piece, we can always look into faux replicas to use in their place. Or they are items we can omit all together, this choice is totally yours!
Absolutely! Obviously getting your flowers to me in person or dropping them off in my designated drop off spot is going to be your best bet, but shipping is definitely an option. Shipping your flowers to me is a cost you will be required to cover on your own and you will be required to send them overnight priority to ensure they arrive before they start to wilt.
When you've filled out your order forms, I will send you very details shipping instructions on how to ensure your flowers arrive safe and sound here in Kelowna. Please note that by not following these shipping instructions to a tea, your flowers could be damaged in transit or arrived wilted and dying. If you ship your flowers to me without following instructions and they arrive in a sad state, you will be informed and I will let you know if they can be salvaged or not.
No, this is not something I'm offering at this time.
No! You have a 4-5 day window to get your flowers to me, however, the sooner the better. If you are booking for your wedding flowers, find a person you'd trust with your life to take care of this task for you! If you wait too long, your flowers will start to wilt and I cannot bring your flowers back from the dead. I wish I had that superpower, but unfortunately, I do not. I cannot make your flowers look fresh if they come to me wilting and I will let you know if that is the case before I start to dry them. I'll also have photos to share with you if need be.
I do charge a $50 fee to return any additional flowers back to you. This is to cover the cost of my time to dry your whole bouquet, and packing materials to ensure the blooms are wrapped safely. If you choose to give up your remaining flowers they will be composted. I do not keep any remaining wedding flowers for other pieces I may create. My experimental pieces are made using flowers I've purchased, grown or have been gifted.
Dried flowers are incredibly fragile and transporting dried blooms isn't as simple as throwing them into a box or a bag. If the flowers bump into one another they can crumble and turn to dust. This is why each bloom needs to be wrapped separately in packing paper and then is stored inside a box with biodegradable packing peanuts (which you can later dissolve in water). Please note that additional dried flowers are just the blooms, they are not still on stems.
The Serious Stuff
Bouquet preservation pieces can take a lot of time, patience and expertise to create. You're hiring someone that has worked with flowers in resin for years and has worked tirelessly to learn all the tricks of the trade, made all the mistakes and also learned from them. I started out with botanical jewellery and moved into bouquet preservation. You're hiring someone with hours and hours of practice, learning and knowledge.
I know flowers can cost a good chunk of change, especially for an event like a wedding, and that most of us do so expecting to throw them away once they've wilted. With bouquet preservation, you're able to hold onto them and enjoy them in your home for years to come.
If you have to reschedule your event date due to reasons beyond your control (ie: natural disaster, pandemic, illness, etc), please reach out to me and I'd be happy to discuss your options with you. If I have the ability to change your date I absolutely will do so! It just may mean that you could be waiting a few weeks longer to get your finished piece if I'm already booked up during your newly selected date. The sooner you let me know, the better!
Not at all. If you have flowers from any other event, such as a graduation, baby shower, memorial, etc, I can create a preservation piece for you with them too.