Mother's Day is coming up this weekend, May 9th, and it's a popular holiday to send flowers. Whether you're well versed in flowers or rarely order bouquets, navigating online flower ordering can be challenging! We'd like to share our number one way to get the most out of your floral order and tips to navigate floral websites...
If there is one way to get the most out of your floral order, whether it's for a special occasion, event or just a self-care bouquet it's... Work with a local florist!
Whether you're sending to someone in your own area or across the country, find a local florist to place your order with. While large, "order gathering" companies such as 1-800-Flowers, Ava's Flowers, Terry's Florist, Flower Shopping, FTD, etc. boast great deals and easy ordering, there are usually significant hidden costs and fees both for you and the florist who receives the order. These companies act as call centers, collecting orders from online customers then sending the order out to a local florist, after withholding a percentage of the sale. Unfortunately, this often means that the arrangement you paid for gets sent to a florist for significantly less money than you spent, and the result is a much smaller (or sometimes a completely different) arrangement than you ordered.
When you call a local florist, or order directly from their website, not only can you expect to receive what you ordered, but you're also supporting a small business. Professional florists can tell you what's in season, what's available and make recommendations. You can also chat with them if you have any questions or specific requests and know that you will be talking with someone who knows flowers!
There are a lot of 3rd party order gathering companies out there and some have gone to great lengths to appear to be real florists. Plus, many have usually paid to take up the top search results. Here are some things to look for when searching for a florist online:
Farmhouse Floral is still taking orders for Mother's Day this weekend! You can order on our website or give us a call - we'd be happy to chat with you about flowers or make florist recommendations if your Mom lives outside of our delivery area.
Published: 5/5/2021 | Author: Sarah Whiton