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Your guide to buying flowers online

Over the past few years ordering flowers online has become easier, more efficient and, consequently, more popular. In today’s day and age, many people find themselves too busy to visit a flower shop in person, and the convenience of shipping /same day or next day/online not only saves time, but can also save you money if you know what to look for. In this guide we walk you through the process of what you should be looking for when ordering flowers online.

Factors to consider when purchasing flowers online

Choosing the Right Flowers

It’s important to choose the right flowers if you want the receiver of your guest to be as impressed as they should be. Where previously there was certain etiquette about sending certain flowers for particular occasions (such as lilies for a funeral), now it isn’t as important. Generally speaking you should try and gain an insight into what flower the receiver has a particular liking for, or at least what colours they like.

Which Company to Choose

Today there is a wide array of flower delivery services available online, so you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to find that perfect bouquet. Flower delivery online can also be more expensive than at your local florists as flowers are very delicate and it is highly recommended to pack them cautiously and to be delivered very carefully. With such a huge range of companies to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start.

Browsing websites to see how much bouquets cost and how long delivery takes is key – some flower delivery companies offer a same day service if the order is placed before a specific time, whereas others take 2-3 working days. For this "fast track service" you can sometimes expect to pay a little more (or a lot more with certain companies). Generally speaking you can expect to be paying anywhere from £25-£30 for a reasonably sized bouquet.There are companies offering unique bouquets, which mean that they make unique designs for each order. And some offer delivery of plants or gardens ranging.

To ensure that you use a good company, check out consumer review websites, where people who have first hand experience of companies go to either praise or rant about the service that they received.

Adding a Little Extra

Many flower delivery companies allow you to add gifts to your flower delivery. Chocolates, teddy bears and bottles of wine are the most common additions and are great for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day or an anniversary or birthday. Some online providers even allow you to choose specially printed items, such as cards, wine bottles or T-Shirts. These can be great for those super special occasions.

Be sure that someone is there to receive the delivery

Ensuring your intended recipient is at the delivery address when your flowers are delivered can sound much easier than it actually is. Whilst you don’t want to give the game away, it is essential that you establish that they’ll be in when the flowers are delivered. Should they not be you may find that the flower company refuses to redeliver on the same day. One way to avoid this situation may be to establish whether there is somewhere where your flowers can be left should the person not be home; whilst not ideal, this is most definitely preferable to them not receiving their gift on the day that it is for.

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