Save Money the Next Time You Are Ordering Flowers With These 5 Tips
“I must have flowers, always, and always.” – Claude Monet
The love of decorative flowers dates to the ancient Egyptians as early as 2500 BCE. The gifting of floral arrangements transcends all cultures and timelines serving as the great communicator of emotion; joy, sadness, appreciation, thankfulness, love, just to name a few.
If you’re looking to continue this time-honored tradition of gifting flowers but aren’t sure where best to begin, read through our tips below on how to get the biggest bang for your buck the next time you are ordering flowers.
1. Order from a Local Florist
Many online flower shops are simply order gatherers. They originate orders through online advertising and market themselves as a local flower delivery option. Once an order is originated, it gets sent to a local florist to be made and delivered. The order gatherer usually charges a $15-$20 service fee just to pass your order on to someone else.
To avoid paying these fees when ordering flowers make sure you are using a local florist. Verify that the flower shop has a local address and phone number. You can find this at the bottom of the homepage on a florist’s website, or you can search for them on Google to see business listing details.
2. Find a Flower Shop with Experience
Reviews are a customer’s best friend when seeking to do business with someone new. It can be a little scary spending money with a company you know nothing about. Thankfully, you can see what other customers have to say in just a few keystrokes.
Google reviews and Facebook reviews are an excellent way to see the testimonials of other people who have done business with your prospective new florist. Simply search for the business on Google or Facebook and will be able to see what others have to say.
3. Take the Mystery Out of Ordering Flowers
Call the flower shop the first time you order flowers from them. Yes, you can order online through their website, but that doesn’t give you any more information about who you are doing business with. Great customer service is key, and you can tell a lot about a business from how they treat you on the phone.
The quality of a business should be reflected in all things they do. If you get great customer service, the odds are good that everything else will be done well. Once you’ve decided you are happy with your new flower shop you can place future orders on their website and be confident in what you’re are buying.
4. Choose the Right Flowers
There’s no wrong choice when it comes to ordering flowers. But, if you feel out of your element and are not sure what you should order, a good florist can put you at ease. After collecting a few details your florist can give recommendations based on occasion, budget, and, most importantly, what flowers are in season and in stock at the time.
Many shops will even email or text you a picture of the flower arrangement when it is finished to make sure you are getting exactly what you want.
5. Get the Most Out of Your Local Flower Shop
Now that you’ve found a local florist, placed a couple orders, and are happy with the service, there are a few things they may be able to do to make life easier. If you are the type of person who sends flowers on a regular basis your flower shop can set up reoccurring deliveries, like a flower subscription.
This “set it and forget it” option can make life a little easier sometimes. Maybe you don’t always send flowers but like to do so on special occasions. You florist can send you reminders of upcoming important dates allowing you to choose whether you’d like to send flowers.