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Finding a Florist to Meet your Wedding Needs

How to Choose the Right Florist for you - Sending Flowers via the Internet


Finding a florist for your wedding 
No wedding would be complete without flowers.  You want to choose a florist who will help bring your dreams to life with care.  When meeting with a florist, it's important to have some idea of what you want.  Firstly, knowing the location of the wedding and reception, the colour of the bridal gown and the colours of the bridesmaids' dresses.  Photos from bridal magazines and swatches of your bridesmaids' dresses could also be helpful tools when you meet with a florist.  Knowing which colours you'll be working with will help you choose flowers that complement their surroundings. 
It's important to meet with the florist early in your planning process.  If you're sticking to a budget, it's important to plan ahead.  If you're marrying near Valentine's Day or Mother's Day, you can expect to pay a higher fee for your flowers — 30 to 50 percent or more.  The reason is supply and demand.  Wholesalers mark up the prices, and florists have to pass that increase along to the customer.  Brides can have any flower they choose at any time of the year thanks to technology, but some rare blooms will cost you more to get.

With literally thousands of florists online, how do you choose the right one? While they may look like the "real" thing, often they are nothing more than "affiliates" or "resellers" hoping to make a few quid.  All they have to do is forward your order to the appropriate florist, and collect their commission.  You'll probably end up paying more if you order from them rather than ordering directly from a reputable florist.  Why deal with a "middleman" when you can go directly to a "real" florist! Afterall, they are the floral experts! Make sure you are dealing with a real flower shop located in the same geographical area as the recipient and not with some kind of a network/forwarding/flowers-by-wire operating from a basement somewhere overseas.  If you require further confirmation about the real ownership of a floral website you can go to registrar.godaddy.com and enter in the domain name in question.  This will tell you the name and address of the registered owner of the website in most cases.

Most reputable florists will post their full address & local phone number (including area code) on their website.  If the only phone number is a free phone number, call them and ask "Where are you located?".  Ask the florist for directions to their shop.  If they hesitate or refuse, consider this a red flag, and LOOK FOR ANOTHER FLORIST.

As with any online purchases.  always use floral sites that are using a secure server when processing online orders as well as credit card payments.  When filling out your order form you should be able to see a "lock" symbol (usually at the bottom left of your browser window, or in the top right corner in some browsers).  If you don't see it, your personal information, including credit card number may be sent via regular email and can be seen by others.  Use your common sense and look for the lock.

If your order destination is England, make sure the floral site you are using is charging you in English funds.  If it's not posted, then you could be charged in other funds which means you might not get the advantage of the exchange difference, someone else will!

"FREE DELIVERY"...  no such thing! You will be paying for the delivery one way or another.  If the floral site you are using is claiming to offer you free delivery for your order chances are that it is already included in the total price you are charged for the flowers.  In other words you will be getting a smaller size arrangement, or in the case of a dozen roses, you will get shorter stemmed roses or second class grade roses - or both.  The delivery driver is not working for free and (s)he needs to make a living like everyone else.  All this applies to taxes as well - Most florists require the florist to collect tax on any floral order, however there is always the possibility that the tax will be hidden in the total price.  This is fair enough, but make sure you know exactly what you will be getting then for your money.

Most reputable floral sites will clearly post information about extra charges such as delivery and taxes.  If it's not there beware! When looking for cheaper flowers or bargains always keep in mind that "you get what you pay for" and in many cases cheaper does not necessary means the best.  In many cases, if the price sounds too good to be true then something could be wrong.  Be cautioned!


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