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Flower Preservation
Wedding Bouquet Preservation

Flower Preservation, Bridal Bouquet and Gown Preservation

Shipping Instructions

For best results use Priority Overnight Delivery through your local post office or Fed Ex. The quicker we get the flowers the better end result. Keep your flowers hydrated and in the refrigerator until shipment, DO NOT FREEZE.

*** Your local Fed Ex will package your flowers for you for a fee or use the following instructions:

Materials Needed:

  • Cardboard box large enough to accommodate your packing method
  • Two freezer packs – gel packs like blue ice work best (DO NOT USE DRY ICE)
  • Styrofoam peanuts or newspaper for packing
  • Packing tape
  • Styrofoam cooler
  • Two foil pans (one time use casserole pans) These need to be small enough to fit inside the cooler, and large enough to accommodate the flowers.
  • Manila folders or cotton balls (if applicable)
  • Water tubs for the flower stems (if applicable)
  • Clear plastic wrap, like the kinds used for food (if applicable)

Packing Your Flowers:

Please call the nearest dealer so we can be expecting your package.

  1. If the flowers are in a bouquet holder (green Styrofoam attached to a handle) then pour water carefully into the oasis (green Styrofoam part) of the bouquet holder until it is saturated. Be careful not to get water on the petals.
  2. Place foil pan on top of ice packs.
  3. If the bouquet has stems cut each stem about ½ inch off the bottom. Wrap the stems with a wet paper towel and then with clear plastic wrap and secure the paper towel with rubber bands.
  4. If you have loose flowers first check for any large delicate flowers (lilies, orchids, iris, hibiscus, etc.) If you have some of these being sent, make a cone shape structure from the manila folder to fit around the flower head only. Attach the narrow end of the cone to the stem of the flower with masking tape. If you have hollow flowers such as tulips, very gently place a cotton ball or two in the center of the flower to support its shape. Then cut each flowers stem about ½ inch off the bottom.Attach a water tube, filled with water, to each flower stem so the stem is well down in the water. Or thoroughly saturate a paper towel with water and wrap it around the freshly cut stem. Place a plastic sandwich bag or clear plastic wrap (like the kind used for food) around the wet paper towel, then wrap a rubber band around the top part of the bag or around the stems to hold it securely to the stem of the flower.
  5. Tape your frozen coolant or coolant gel pack (blue ice) to the inside bottom of the cooler. Be sure it’s secure. Tip your Styrofoam cooler upside down. It should not come loose.
  6. Place a few sheets of newspaper on top of the gel packs.
  7. Place the bouquet or loose flowers in one of the foil pans. Secure the flowers to the foil pan so that they cannot move. Be careful not to damage the heads of the flowers. You can wire them on or use packing or duct tape. Loose flowers can also be secured to each other in a staggered pattern making sure no flower heads are touching each other and then secured to the foil pan. If the flowers can move at all the petals have a chance of being crushed.
  8. Place the other foil pan on top and tape closed.
  9. Place the foil pan enclosure into the Styrofoam cooler. (The foil pan should not be directly touching the gel packs, or the pan will freeze and so will the flowers, make sure there is a layer of newspaper between the pan and the gel packs).
  10. Fill the cooler with newspaper or packing peanuts so that the foil enclosure will not move.
  11. Put the lid on the Styrofoam cooler and tape it securely.
  12. Place the Styrofoam cooler in the box. Fill the box with packing peanuts or newspaper, making sure the cooler will not move.
  13. Label the shipping box Fragile, Perishable and write This Side Up on the box.
  14. You must ship overnight express to ensure the freshness of the flowers!!

If you are only shipping boutonnières or corsages use these adapted instructions:

  1. Instead of a Styrofoam cooler use a shoe box. Tape one gel pack to the bottom of the box.
  2. Cover the gel pac with a few sheets of newspaper.
  3. Place the flowers in a plastic boutonnière or corsage box. Tape them securely to the bottom of the box making sure to not damage any flower heads. Tape the box closed.
  4. Place the boutonnière or corsage box in the shoe box.
  5. Fill the box with packing peanuts or newspaper making sure the boutonnière or corsage box will not move.
  6. Label the shipping box Fragile, Perishable and write This Side Up on the box.
  7. You must ship overnight express to ensure the freshness of the flowers!!
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