I ordered flowers today for a friend of mine. *update: the photo above is of the actual arrangement she received* I’ve had nothing but good experiences ordering flowers for friends and family. And I order flowers at least a few times a year. All the times I’ve heard of others having problems, the flowers were ordered through a fancy webpage. I’m sure they have great flowers, but I’ve always gone local and never had a problem.
Here are my tips for ordering flowers:
Finding a Florist:
- Find a florist near the recipient. I’ve always had much better experiences when dealing with the florist directly. Plus, you save on delivery fees.
- Go to Google Maps and type in the address of the recipient
- Click on “Search Nearby” and type “florists”
- Check out your favorite review sites (Yelp, Kudzu, Facebook, etc.) for reviews
Before you Order:
- Have information handy: delivery address/phone number (hospital room number if applicable), hours of operation (if it’s a business), and your credit card number.
- Know you’re “out the door” budget. This includes: arrangement, vase, delivery fee, tax and gratuity.
- Figure out what you want the card to say.
- If you’re not familiar with flower types, it’s nice to be near a computer so you can google images suggestions.
Ordering an arrangement:
- Call and say “My best friend just had a baby and I would like to send flowers, do you have a minute to take my order? Or should I call back?”
- Ask what the delivery fee to the address is
- I usually give suggestions and then leave it up to florist: “something cheerful, with lots of pink because she had a girl” or “her favorite flowers are gerber daisies.”
- I give a price range “I’d like the flowers to be in the $45 range, including a vase” (Sometimes I ask if there are unique vases available – I’d rather pay a little extra for a square vase or something cool that the ugly vases you can sometimes get).
- Do you have a bunch of flowers that are particularly beautiful (ie: affordable) right now?
- I say that I’d rather have a simple arrangement with more flowers than a big arrangement with green fillers.
- I have asked florists to pix message me arrangements in the past and they’ve always been very open to it!
- Ask the florist if they have a facebook page or a webpage you can leave positive feedback on.
- Once they give you a total, tell them you’d like to add gratuity for the driver
- For the card, check out www.verseit.com for ideas on what to say
- If there is time, consider overnighting a card so it’s signed by you (ask if this is okay)
- If you don’t need delivery, you could call ahead to place (and pay for) your order.