Frequently Asked Questions
Please see answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.
When should I book?
We would encourage you to book as soon as you can as we have limited capacity. This is particularly important for Summer and Winter weddings. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee availability unless we have received a deposit. This can be paid here.
How can I get the flowers to you?
Drop-off: You can bring the flowers to us at our studio, which is located at SIÓG Botanicals, 3 Market Square, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare, Ireland, R51 RX93
Ship: Ship them to us via An Post - Express Post or courier. We accept bouquets from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the European Union, but advance booking is essential.
We recommend getting the flowers to us as soon as you can to yield the best results possible and to keep them as cool as possible until you can get them to us - ideally within 2 to 3 days of the event.
Do you only preserve wedding flowers?
No, we preserve and mount all types of occasion and memorial bouquets and have also done some pieces that our clients held special to them. If you have something special in mind, fill in our contact form or pop us an email, we’d be happy to discuss your ideas.
How long does the process take?
There are so many variables to the process like bloom type, condition on arrival, drying method etc that’s it’s difficult to give an exact timeframe. Usually we find that the turnaround time is anywhere from 10 -12 weeks.
What are my options?
How much does it cost?
The cost of preservation, artwork and framing starts at €135 and goes up to €560, depending on the number of flowers/ style of frame chosen. View all styles & pricing here. There is a €100 deposit upon booking which will be deducted from the total amount due upon completion of the piece.
What if I have an all-white bouquet?
While some preservation artists won’t accept all-white bouquets, our aim is to provide our clients with a timeless piece of art for their home, including brides with an all-white bouquet. While we do prefer to work with colourful bouquets, it is not a requirement to work with us. These are the things to be aware of if you choose to preserve your all-white bouquet with us.
Will the colours be the same once dried, or fade over time?
Inevitably there will be some colour change once all moisture is removed from the flower and they are no longer fresh, but dried. Some flowers retain their vibrant colours, other fade and some even change colour completely! For example, white lisianthus will turn yellow, red roses will naturally turn a deeper shade, to a more burgundy red.
It is normal that over time that blooms will fade or discolour. Blooms will change during the preservation process and will continue to fade over time. This is the beauty of it all - the natural and original value of your bouquet to keep forever.
What if I want to add something special into the frame?
You can add in any details for special requests in our booking form when making the booking or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Will you use the entire bridal bouquet?
We will dry every part of your bouquet and will use the blooms that preserved the best to create your piece.
I’ve dried my own flowers, can you do anything with them?
Yes, we have worked with some fully dried and semi dried bouquets in the past which have turned into stunning pieces. We will not be able to tell the viability until we see the blooms in person or disassemble the bouquet as it can be hard to tell from pictures the condition of the individual blooms. Learn more about already dried blooms here.
How do you dry the flowers?
We use several methods to dry your flowers, ranging from our very own luxury flower presses to carefully press individual blooms or petals to hanging foliage on one of our custom made racks to using a specialised sand to keep the structural integrity of the blooms.
Can I return it?
Unfortunately we do not accept returns on any of our custom orders. Each piece takes a lot of time, care and attention to detail to create.