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I called this shop to order a basket that they had on line,they told me since it was the week before Thanksgiving,I could only get what they wanted to make,I guess after Thanksgiving they can just close,call Charleston Flori,by the way i had to pick a starst,they were happy for the order
BEWARE-DO NOT use this florist. I wish I could give them a zero as well. My daughter ordered flowers as a surprise to be delivered the same day. They did not arrive. The next day someone called and said they had a delivery and would I be home over the next several hours? I changed my plans and waited because my daughter was upset her gift never arrived the day before. By 5pm I called the number on my phone to say I had to leave at 6pm. Whoever answered said "the driver is stuck in traffic-I'll tell him to hurry". The flowers never arrived. Two days later, I reached the owner of the Florist-Betty. She stated someone tried to deliver the flowers two days before and no one was home. My daughter wanted it to be a surprise and did not leave those instructions-and I was home most of the day. The driver then lied and said the order did not come in until the next day and "she couldn't find our house and didn't have a GPS." The owner didn't want to talk to me and hung up initially-I continued to persist calling her shop back. So I have given up a days time, a bunch of cell phone minutes and my young daughter is out the money for professional flowers that someone got paid for and did not deliver. Very poor business-they shouldn't be used by any FTD services for sure. Very frustrating to try to figure out who is lying and if a delivery is going to take place, especially in a condolence situation.
In March 2013I was so excited over the fact that I was going to surprise my girlfriend with her favorite flowers that I didn't look at any reviews prior. I made my purchase online and realized I had made a mistake in the note that I wanted to be sent with the arrangement. I contacted the store and the manager was extremely nice. She told me to send her an email of the corrections I wanted and that she'll take care of it. This all happened at around 10 am. Later that day, my girlfriend hadn't mentioned anything about receiving any flowers so I started looking at reviews for Blossoms and my heart sank. I knew from then she was never going to get this arrangement.I called the store at 4 pm and I asked what time they send their flowers out and the manager immediately became defensive and she abruptly stated that no one was there to answer the door. I think that obviously the answer would have been... of course people aren't there to receive their deliveries because people work, that's why you ask for the phone numbers of the recipients and purchaser during the purchase. So she said that didnt deliver them and I was so upset that I forgot to ask why they didn't call. I also felt naive because I wanted to believe this person. So I told her that she could leave the flowers at the door next time and her voice immediately perked up as if to say "Oh Really?! So you're actually giving us permission to just leave them?" Because she lives in a nice, gated community in Charleston.Well, next day rolls around, still no flowers. Nowhere to be see in the complex. I called again and asked what time the delivery went out and she said it arrived at 250pm and they left it at the door because I said to. Once again, "no one came to the door" but once again they did not call. But this time, someone was home the entire day. Not once was there a knock at the door. When I called back again on Monday, just to let her know that it wasn't delivered, the manager became extremely defensive and started attacking me for letting her know that the flowers were not delivered. She was adament in stating that they delivered it and my specific instructions were to leave it at the front door and she would not accept the fact that it was impossible for someone to have knocked and not answered the door. She just would not let me talk and she told me that "the customer is not always right" and that they don't do busiiness that way and I told her that "well, according to reviews on the internet, you do" and that set her off. She kept telling me that it was because of people like me, that businesses like hers keep going out of business. At the end of it she said, I don't have time to deal with this, I'm very busy, so just give me your address and I'll send you a check for a refund. So I gave her my address. I'll expect the check to be delivered in the same manner the flowers were... never.June 2013: UPDATE3 months later, STILL NO REFUND. WARNING: DO NOT USE BLOSSOMS & STEMS, the manager is operating a failing business and takes shortcuts, blames issues on customers.
This place is awful, I ordered flowers for my mother's 60th birthday on Tuesday to be delivered on her birthday Friday to her office. It is currently Saturday and after calling several times, they finally answered the phone and apologized for not delivering them to her office, said they would have it delivered to her house today before 1pm, it is now after 1 and my father says they have not arrived yet! I am fuming...they debited my account when I ordered online and have not done one thing they said they would....the reason they gave for not delivering to her job on Friday was that the delivery guy dropped the vase....ok but I did not get a call or anything they just didn't bring them! I am kicking myself for using these people without looking at the reviews first. I want a refund! Worst florist experience hands down.
Awful service. Flowers dead within 2 days and owner could care less. No phone manners. How they are in business is beyond me. With so many other florists to use,forget about this business and go with someone else. They truly do not even deserve a star.
This business doesn't deserve any stars at all!!! My husband is in Japan and ordered flowers for me for my birthday through http://1-800-FLOWERS.com. He advised them the delivery was to a business that was open 9-5 and requested the $85 bouquet be delivered between 11-2. Well needless to say he was not happy when I talked to him at 5:00 and he asked if I liked the flowers because I had no idea what he was talking about because I did not receive any flowers. After getting off the phone, I get a call from the delivery girl asking if I'm still at work because she's on her way. I told her I was on my way home but would turn around, so I did just that. I met her at about 5:30 in the parking lot of my work. I looked at the envelope the little card was in and it said right on there 9-5, deliver between 11-2 if possible. OK, it was a Friday and I can see maybe missing this 3-hour window, but not getting there in 6 hours is ridiculous. I called 1-800-FLOWERS and advised them of the situation and was told I would hear from someone in customer service. Well, when Wednesday came around and I hadn't heard anything yet, I took things into my own hands. Since the envelope didn't have the florist name on it (and now I understand why because they don't want anyone to know how horrible they are and that their flowers don't last, but I'll get into that in a minute). I called the number the delivery girl called me from and she told me who the florist was. I called them and got no sympathy, no apology, no nothing. All the guy told me was that I wasn't his customer and could not compensate me, this after telling me his contract with FTD guarantees delivery by 5. After going back and forth with this very rude man, I finally told him that not only would I NOT recommend him as a florist, but I would go out of my way to tell people not to use him and hung up on him. I proceeded to call 1-800-FLOWERS again and advised them of this encounter....still waiting to hear back from a supervisor there. Now onto the flowers themselves. They were gorgeous on Friday, when I finally got them, and Saturday and Sunday. But now it's Wednesday and the roses are drying up, the petals are falling off the lilies, etc. And my husband paid $85 dollars for these. I have NEVER gotten flowers from a true florist who knows what they are doing that start dying after just a few days. The last time my husband sent me flowers, he got them from a shop in Goose Creek and they lasted at least two weeks!!!! Oh, and Seithels spelled my name wrong. My husband ordered these online and I know he knows how to spell my name, so hmmm, just a guess here, but I'm guessing the florist didn't care enough to double check the spelling!!!This has been the worst experience ever with a florist, and I highly recommend to everyone reading this that you DO NOT us Seithels unless you wanted to be treated rudely and receive horrible flowers that die within days!!!!!
I wish i read the other review posted before i ordered with Blossoms & Stems. My experience was not a pleasant one. Like most people I ordered a plant for delivery based on the picture and description on the website. In my case it was a 'Money Tree' which is a nice little desk top tree with green leaves that is supposed to bring good luck (and wealth.) They sent a 'elkhorn Fern' which does not look anything like what i ordered – it looks like an elkhorn. When i called to ask what happened they said they didn’t have the money tree but my paperwork said i agreed to something similar if they were out... i guess they have some fine print on internet orders. Anyway, instead of offering to correct the situation they said they had the right - and this is a direct quote - "to send anything green." Wow. That’s a recipe to rip people off. That plus the snotty attitude sent me straight to write this review. Do yourself a favor and order from a real florist.
While becoming a florist doesn't require any formal education, floral designers must know how to care for the plants they use and which ones work best for which season or event. Additionally, a skilled floral arranger must also be familiar with the cultural symbolism behind each flower. For instance, carnations symbolize beauty and pride while daisies represent innocence and purity.
If you plan to give someone a flowering plant as a gift, then a good florist can direct you to the right one. They may also help you choose flowers to convey platonic or romantic love.
Many floral designers provide a host of services to meet customer demand throughout the year.
Most florists, whether they work at a chain or independent flower shop, both online or in a brick-and-mortar store, offer pre-arrangements of flowers. This means the floral designer has a selection of roses, tulips and other popular kinds of blossoms designed in arrangement that customers can simply buy on the spot instead of telling the florist what kind of flower pattern they want.
Have you ever purchased a get-well basket featuring sunflowers or an array of springtime flowers for Mother's Day? If so, you most likely bought a pre-arrangement that the floral designer put together ahead of time.
Buying a pre-arranged bouquet is a great option if you don't know what blooms or plants to purchase but you need flowers for a particular occasion.
Pre-designed arrangements are not original, one-of-a-kind designs, but the upside to buying pre-arrangements is they already come with a fixed price attached. Customers may simply walk in and spend $50 on a Valentine's Day bouquet as opposed to paying the florist a commission for an original design that could fetch a much higher price.
Having both an eye for design as well as good people and customer service skills is a must for any florist. These professionals work with clients to find the best flowers and custom-designed arrangements appropriate for the event or occasion. A commission to create a table piece, wreath or other type of design is typically much more expensive than a pre-arrangement, as it may not be made up of plants the florist already has on hand.
There's always a demand for florists and their creations year-round as people celebrate and commemorate the special moments in their lives. Whether you're getting married or remembering a loved one that just passed, flower arrangements and wreaths are traditional items we all use to help mark the important dates, stages and occasions in our lives.
One type of event most floral designers work on is weddings. Professional florists will collaborate with the bride and groom to formulate a design scheme that complements the event's overall colors and layout. Depending on what the couple wants and can afford, a floral designer may create the bridal bouquet along with streams of flowers for the wedding venue, table arrangements and vases for the reception afterward.
The prices for hiring a florist to do a wedding vary broadly because it not only depends on how many blooming plants you want, but also how widely available the particular flowers are.
More exotic types of blossoms, such as orchids, are pricier than your typical rose. Your bill could also fluctuate depending on how complicated the design is to make and if the flowers you choose are in season or not.
Keeping that in mind, florists are like any other tradesperson - your bill will reflect the materials they used and the time and labor that went into making up the designs.
Some floral designers also charge delivery fees to transport the flowers, vases and other materials to wedding or reception sites. Remember, it's not only the bride that needs flowers. Bridesmaids and the mother of the bride might also carry corsages and the groom and groomsmen sometimes festoon their jackets with boutonnieres. Don't forget about the flower girl, as well.
In all, the average cost to outfit a wedding with flowers is about $700. Some florists advise people to set aside 10 to 15 percent of the ceremony's budget for floral decorations.
Funerals are another major life event we commemorate with flowers. Florists may furnish sympathy flowers for the observance and lay sprays or baskets of plants around the church, synagogue or funeral home to help attendees with the grieving process. Designers also make floral wreaths and crosses to set up at the venue or in the cemetery, as well as special casket arrangements so family and friends may show their respect for the deceased.
Many customers choose traditional roses, lilies and carnations to send to a bereaved family, but florists are also able to personalize arrangements to your liking.
Just like other ceremonies that call for flowers, the price depends on the number of blossoms and what type of plants you want, along with the complexity of the arrangement. A complete funeral floral package that includes sprays along the casket, flower decorations for the venue and flowers for the participants can run from $200 to $800.
Meanwhile, the usual sympathy bouquet or vase runs between $40 and $80.
You might think Valentine's Day would be the busiest day for a florist, but the day of love comes in second place behind Mother's Day. According to a number of studies, people do more online searches for flowers in anticipation of the May holiday than they do for Valentine's Day.
In fact, this day is inextricably linked with flowers, as Congress first issued a Mother's Day proclamation in 1913 asking all federal officials to wear a white carnation to commemorate their mothers.
Many children wish their mothers well on the day by sending a bouquet of carnations, roses, violets or tulips.
Coming in second place as the busiest holiday for florists is Valentine's Day. When Feb. 14 arrives, so do many people looking for arrangements to send to their loved ones. Just like Mother's Day, this holiday is very lucrative for floral designers. Americans typically spend tens of millions of dollars on their significant others every Feb. 14, and flowers, especially long-stemmed red roses, are a popular way to show someone you care.
Valentine's Day goes to show that a gift of fresh-cut flowers never goes out of style. However, it does go up in price - quite a lot, actually. The price of a bouquet of roses usually doubles on Feb. 14 before it goes back down the next business day. Expect to pay up to $100 for red roses from a flower shop on Valentine's Day. Therefore, if you're looking for a deal, it's smart to buy your bouquets a few days ahead of time and keep them in a vase with water so they stay fresh.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah
The holiday season is also one known for festive floral arrangements. Many families look to florists to come up with a Thanksgiving table set piece or a traditional cornucopia featuring plants with autumnal colors and gourds. Many churches and individuals also spring for flowering plants to help usher in Christmastime. Many florists sell living yuletide decorative plants such as ivy, holly, poinsettias, mistletoe and even miniature Christmas trees.
Many flower shops and floral arrangers also design centerpieces especially for the eight nights of Hanukkah. Online and brick-and-mortar florists offer blue and white flowers, usually arranged with candles in between the blossoms.
Easter and Passover
Religious holidays held in spring also keep flower shops busy as they design orders for families, churches and synagogues. Many shoppers are on the lookout for bunches of mixed flowers pre-arranged in bouquets or vases by florists. Lilies, as well as daffodils and tulips, are especially popular around these spring holidays.
Hindu and Buddhist Ceremonies
Flowers, especially the lotus, figure prominently in Hindu and Buddhist religious ceremonies, as well as in these two ancient religions' wedding customs. Many florists provide garlands of flowers to decorate and festoon the functions with.
Remember that it doesn't need to be a holiday to purchase flowers. Floral designers also make commissioned or pre-arranged flowers to take to sick relatives, friends and colleagues recovering at home or in the hospital. Many florists also make designs for newborn babies, too.
While the majority of their work is devoted to making eye-catching and pleasing creations with plants, florists can help you with much more than just finding the right flowers for your next event or party.
In fact, a good floral designer can be a fountain of knowledge. These experts can inform you of the best ways to take care of your plants or how to properly cut the stems of flowers to ensure they last longer in your vase.
The next time you're out buying an arrangement, ask your florist which type of vase to use with which flower and how much water and plant food you should use to prolong the life of your bouquet or potted plant. Even though retail florists don't usually grow the blooms or plants themselves, they do know the best ways to keep your arrangement looking fresh for longer.
Local flower shops or gardening stores used to be the only game in town when it came to selling real or fake floral arrangements until supermarkets and drugstore chains entered the business by offering inexpensive pre-arrangements for holidays and other occasions. However, the number of brick-and-mortar florists is further on the decline as more customers choose to purchase bouquets, wreaths and other greenery online.
Even though one exists in a virtual capacity while the other is located in a physical setting, there aren't too many differences between online and brick-and-mortar flower shops.
Many online stores offer pre-arrangements of flowers you can purchase, as well as the ability to form your own design and decoration.
Online flower shops, in fact, work with wholesale florists near your area to ensure they deliver your order promptly. Since cut flowers don't have a long shelf life, these Internet-based companies essentially take your request and contract it out to a florist in your locale to design it and drop it off at your home or office.
While purchasing flowers online is convenient - you can shop any time of the day without leaving your house - there are a few things the online stores cannot offer patrons. You can't smell the sweet fragrance of tulips or roses in cyberspace and you can't touch the petals or leaves before you buy the plant. Additionally, when you buy a bouquet over the Internet, you're basing your decision on a stock photo of the item instead of the actual one that will arrive at your doorstep.
Not all varieties of roses or violets look the same and an approximation of a flower isn't the same as the specific one you could end up receiving.
This is one advantage physical brick-and-mortar flower shops have over their online competitors. Making the trip to your local florist means you can actually get the chance to stop and smell the roses.