1. Shop local. Steer clear of using wire service company's like 1800flowers, FTD, From You Flowers etc. Avoid the ads at the top of the page these are what the flower industry call order gathers and their pricing can be very deceptive. Scroll down past the ads and you will local shops listed. When searching for a local flower shop, be sure to look for that local address on their home page. If it's not there, they are not local. The local shops will also show up on google maps.
2. If a picture on a website looks perfect with every flower in place. Buyer beware it has been photo shopped. You can order these, just be aware they may not look exactly as the picture. It is better to choose designers choice in this case. It gives the designer the ability to use the most seasonally best flowers available and to use his/her own creativeness.
3. Ask yourself do you want a long lasting bouquet? Do you want unusual flowers? Do you want big and showy? Short and compact? How about color? Do you all the same color? muted? bright? vibrant?
Simply put, do you want your arrangement to be compact and short or do you want it to be showy and tall? Or maybe you want something in the middle.
Now you know how to find a local flower shop and how to order online.
If you call a shop ask for compact or showy....
Now what about color?
Monochromatic (all shades of one color)
Bright and colorful
Soft and romantic
There are so many different styles of flower arrangements. I will be discussing in future articles. Flowers have always been and will always be one of the most meaningful and memorable gifts you can give. They create memories that last a life time. They bring joy and smiles everywhere they go!