Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between different types of artificial flowers?
Silk Flowers are a great alternative to fresh flowers. They come in a multitude of colours.
There is a huge array of silk flowers on the market. At Forever Yours, Flowers we aim to use the best quality we can get! Meaning, we avoid flowers that feel stiff and unnatural. Or conversely, that are too soft and floppy. A good quality silk flower is somewhere in between these two extremes. It has body, but a smooth, clean texture.
A good silk flower also has less plastic than a cheap one. And the plastic that is used is often flocked (a term that basically means textured to look and feel natural with that little bit of fuzz that you find in nature).
While all silk flowers will fray if you give them a hard time, good quality silk will take a lot longer to wear. Unlike the cheap ones!
Today's allergy-friendly artificial flowers are created with the true realistic look and feel of nature. With no wilting, no watering and you get to keep them FOREVER. Silk flowers can be enjoyed hassle-free all year round. They can also be painted to match your colour scheme and look even more realistic.
REAL TOUCH FLOWERS
Real touch flowers is the term typically used to refer to the newest generation of artificial flowers which not only look, but feel realistic.
Real Touch Flowers are the answer to anyone that says an artificial flower does not look or feel real. These gorgeous flowers are made from polyether polyurethane (PU) foam. Creating Real Touch flowers is a computer controlled process. The PU foam is sprayed into a mould, injected with coloured paste and then sprayed and heated to ensure that it is colourfast.
The end result? Beautiful faux flowers that look and feel real! We also hand paint our flowers to colour match whatever your colour scheme is, and to make them look even more realistic.
HANDMADE LEATHER FLOWERS
Our Leather Flowers are unique to Forever Yours, Flowers. Every flower is made by hand in our studio in Melbourne, Victoria. These are a specialty of Beryl, our resident textile artist. A creation of her very own, and very popular with a lot of our brides. Leather roses are perfect when you want to give a nod to tradition, but keep your personality very present on your big day. For more info on how these flowers are created check out our blog or get in touch!
are there OTHER ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS?
Of course there are -
Why use Forever Yours, Flowers?
Sneeze free, Stress Free - You Dream It and we will create it, within reason.
and as an added bonus .. Every design is named for the person it was made for!
- We at Forever Yours, Flowers offer a individual, bespoke designs
- Unique, hand-painted designs that no-one else will have
- We want to make you special event very special so every order is created with love and attention to detail
- Our motto is, You Dream It and we will create it, within reason
It’s hard to create a pink with polka dots design (LOL) but we do try our best!
- Sneeze Free
Do you suffer from hay-fever? You can trust you won’t sneeze from our flowers
- Stress free environment
… we ship up to 2 weeks before the wedding or special event. We know wedding can be stressful and we don’t want to add any more stress to you
How to care for your amazing flowers?
Forever Yours, Flowers are easy to look after & are low-maintenance.
They just don’t require watering …. but we do have to do some general maintenance. Note: The following article came from wikiHow and has be re-posted here…all information belongs to wikiHow. Remember to test on a small area before undertaking any of the information given here…
Click here to learn how to take care of your flowers … wikiHow to Clean Artificial Flowers
Artificial plants can be both beautiful and practical. While they don’t require the care that living plants will need, such as watering and fertilising, they still require regular cleaning to look their best. Whether your flowers are made of silk, metal, or plastic, dusting or washing delicate parts can be intimidating. However, you can learn how to clean artificial flowers effectively. Here is a short summary of the about article. However to keep your flowers looking amazing for years to come, here is some general information...
1. CLEAN OFF DUST
2. Avoid direct sunlight … Watch me, I burn!
Direct sunlight on Forever Yours real-touch & silk flowers can discolour them over time. The light through the window is extremely strong and can alter/fade the colour of your flowers. It is best if you can keep them out of direct sunlight.
3. Grimy Hands Look out!!!
Our hands are full of natural grease & oils.
Washing your hands before touching the flowers is recommended. If your little ones sticky fingers have made their way onto your flowers, they may need a little more than a wipe down. Use a damp cloth with a little warm soapy water and gently clean the dirty petals one by one.
NOTE: Be careful not to pull on the petals. Pulling on the petals will loosen the glue holding the flowers together.
What is the best way to store your gorgeous flowers?
Silk and plastic flowers can be stored together. Real Touch should not be wrapped in tissue paper as it sticks to the flowers if there is humidity.
- Line the bottom of a storage bin with crumpled tissue paper.
- Place the flowers with longer and heavier stems in the bin first.
- Alternate the direction you place them in. (For example, if the first layer has the petals pointing left, point the petals to the right on the next layer.)
- Place a layer of tissue between each layer of flowers to protect them.
- Lay the lighter pieces on top.
- When you’re done, close the bin, and replace it in the closet, under the bed, or wherever else you store your plastic bins.
- But remember, as much as you love your new Forever Yours flowers, so do your little ones. It an accident happens, using a glue gun sparingly is a good solution to re-attach the petals.
But if … accidents happen, Forever Yours, Flowers does offer a repair service at a small cost … Email Us
Do you design wedding flowers?
In the first place YES, we love doing weddings. Your flowers are important to us.
Some of the things we do are -
- bouquets for the bride & bridesmaids
- buttonholes for the groom, groomsmen & other special people (or boutonnieres … industry talk)
- table decorations
- We can also design flower walls & arches. Contact our head designer Beryl
How do you create your flowers?
HAND-PAINTING ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS IS AN ART?
Beryl our head designer has spent years developing an amazing technique to make your flowers look real. She takes the care in the same fashion that someone would create an amazing wedding dress.
Every flower is checked for quality. Some flowers may need a little bit of special attention before they can be used in your bouquet. It doesn’t matter if it is for your wedding or your home, attention to detail is very important to us.
When painting our flowers they may only need 4 or 5 coats or they may need 10 or 15 coats. Perfection takes time.
HAND-PAINTING ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS IS AN ART AND YES WE CAN TEACH YOU …
What does Forever Yours, Flowers teach?
Beryl our head designer has spent years developing an amazing technique to make your flowers look real. In the same fashion that someone would create an amazing wedding dress.
We have created a series of group and personal workshops for you to learn to create your own designs.
- Flower Painting & Bouquet Design
- Bouquet Design
- Corsages & Buttonholes
- Quick and easy table decorations for any event
Can you hand-paint my flowers to my Dream colour?
YES, we love designing for your wedding, that is our speciality. We hand-paint our artificial flowers to suit your event theme. Contact us for a consultation. We even have Face-time or Skype for the very busy person.
Do you hire/rent your flowers?
YES, we are happy to design and hire out ceremony or reception decorations. Some of the hires we have provided are ceremony arches, table runners, banister garlands and stair way arrangements.
We also have a corporate hire program from as little as $15.00 per week you can have an amazing design that is allergy and maintenance free. No more changing water and picking out the dead & dying flowers & foliage.
What is your return policy?
As our flowers are custom made to order, we do not accept returns for change of mind. Please choose carefully!
Do you ship world-wide?
At the moment we only ship to Australia. However, if you love one of our designs and you are from USA, Canada or the UK please contact us and we will see if we can help you. Alternatively, our designs do travel well and have gone as far as Mexico! If you are having a destination wedding get in touch, we may be able to sort something out!
When will I receive my order?
All orders are made to order. Sometimes we have products in our shop that we will ship within 2 to 3 days, but if you have a speciality order it may take 2 to 3 weeks. Leather bouquets and hand painted flowers take up to 6 weeks to create & deliver to you.
How will my order be shipped?
All flowers are made with heart and packaged with love! We pack in appropriately sized boxes with the following process:
- air pillow packaging;
- cellophane on top of air pillows;
- place flowers;
- another layer of cellophane;
- air pillows around sides;
- tissue if needed (not touching flowers);
- seal with fragile tape;
- usually post through Australia Post with tracking.
No need to reassemble when they arrive, our flowers are made to travel and travel well!
How much is shipping?
Free Local pick up: Your are welcome to pick up your order from our studio in Melbourne, Australia, by appointment only. Please contact us to confirm ‘Local Pick Up’ and it is only available to Victorian residents.
As our boxes are quite large, usually 3 bouquets can be placed in one box. Delivery costs are:
Victoria: $20.00 per box
Other States: $28.00 per box
If multiple designs can be put in one box then there will only be one charge.
Note: We do NOT deliver to Post Office boxes.
Can't find the answers?
Ok, if we haven’t given you the answers you need, please drop us a line. We are here for you and will Design your dream JUST 4 YOU!!!