Ordering Flowers Online

When ordering anything online, it is important to have an idea of what you are looking for before diving into the purchase. Online flower sites tend to showcase highly diverse selections and it is easy to become sidetracked by unnecessarily fancy bouquets. There are three main criteria involved in purchasing flowers from an online retailer: the type and amount of flowers needed, the price you are willing to pay for them, and where you can get a bouquet that meets your standards. The first two questions help you answer the third. Begin by focusing on finding the proper sort of bouquet for the occasion.

What Kind of Flowers Do You Need?

The flower variety and the style of a floral arrangement do matter. If you are the only one bringing flowers to an occasion (such as a date or a visit) and you know that the recipient will be able to locate a vase, a bouquet is the appropriate. If the recipient will need to move or carry the flowers (such as an actress receiving flowers after a show), a bouquet is also more convenient, as the recipient will not have to worry about spilling water or dropping a vase. For situations in which the flowers will not have to move or a situation in which there may not be enough vases due to other people sending flowers as well (such as sending flowers after a funeral or to a sick patient), a flower arrangement with a vase or a potted plant will be more appreciated.

The next step is to select the actual flowers. Bear in mind the recipient's age, gender and relationship to you. For example, sending bright yellow sunflowers and cheery daffodils to a funeral would be extremely inappropriate. However, that same bouquet would be fabulous for a sickbed where the patient needs cheer. Likewise, a sophisticated, urbane rose and orchid bouquet would not be a suitable arrangement to celebrate a 10 year old's soccer championship; daisies or simple flowers would be far more fitting. We have provided guides to purchasing flowers for various occasions, such as Mother's Day, graduations, and funerals.

How Much Do You Want to Spend?

As with any purchase, you can spend a small fortune on a simple bouquet if you are looking to get rid of money. Fortunately, the Internet makes comparison shopping easy. Starting at a mid-price site, find an example of what you like. If the price meets your approval, you are ready to go. If not, you can do a search for similar bouquets and find one that is within your budget. Here is a guide to ordering on a budget as well as a guide to selecting a retailer who provides fresh, quality flowers.

Which Site Will You Use?

There are a number of criteria to consider when choosing an online flower shop. One factor people often overlook is geography. When ordering, double check that the online florist delivers to your recipient's area. A US-based flower service may not have contracts with florists in Germany. Quality and value are equally important; it is worth looking for reviews of the flower site to ensure that others found their purchases worthwhile. We have compiled lists and mini reviews of several reputable flower sites.

By carefully considering the recipient, your budget, and the online store, you can easily find an affordable arrangement without leaving the comfort your own home.

For additional information please be sure to view our guide to Canadian Flower Sites and UK Flower Sites.