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FAQs - How to Order Flowers from Florists
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I don't know anything about flowers. Where can I get information? Who can I ask? PDF Print E-mail

You probably know more about flowers than you think you do! People are becoming more and more familiar with flowers as they become an integral part of our modern culture and play a role in most major life experiences and social settings.

However, professional florists are the real experts, whether you're interested in flower care or varieties. They can help you fine-tune your knowledge of flowers. Florists can also suggest design styles for any occasion. Build a relationship with your local florist, and let him or her be your floral mentor.

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How do I know what flowers to order from a florist? PDF Print E-mail
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Flower shops are a treasure trove of arrangement styles, new flower and plant varieties and gift items. Here are a few tips on working with your florist to create a truly personalized gift:

  • Tell your florist about the recipient's personality. 
    • Is the recipient a dramatic person? Or perhaps romantic, artistic, traditional or outdoorsy?
    • What are some of his or her hobbies and interests?
    • Do you know the recipient's favorite color or flower?
    • The simple selection of a flower in the recipient's favorite color can really personalize an arrangement. Take the Society of American Florists' Floral Signature Quiz to determine the floral personality of the recipient.
  • If you are ordering flowers for someone's home, what is the home like? Is it traditional? Or perhaps casual, Victorian, country or contemporary?

Florists are experts at the art of expression. Let your florist help you look great by creating a highly personalized gift.

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What information should I have on hand when I call the florist? PDF Print E-mail
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  • If you are having the flowers delivered, have the recipient's full name, address and telephone number ready.
  • Any special information such as a work number or times the recipient will be at home are also helpful.
  • Determine your budget before the call and have your payment information ready.
  • Be sure to write out what message you would like to include on the enclosure card. (Your florist can offer suggestions if you're not sure what you want the card to say.)
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Can a florist make a special floral design arrangement for me? PDF Print E-mail

Absolutely.

That's what florists do best! Describe to your florist what you have in mind or ask for creative suggestions. Nothing is more personal than a made-just-for-you floral arrangement.

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I never know what to write on the enclosure card with my flowers. Where can I find some suggestions? PDF Print E-mail
  • You might want to look at poetry or a book of quotes for ideas.
  • Ask your florist what might be appropriate. Florists have seen thousands of cards and probably have a few ideas to suit your particular occasion.
  • Click here for a list of creative card messages.
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What is the best way to send flowers to another town? How can I find a florist in another city? PDF Print E-mail

Most florist shops are members of national wire services and/or know florists in other towns. Your flower order can be taken by your local florist, who will then contact a florist for you in another town and place your order.

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If I send flowers to another town, how do I know what they'll look like? PDF Print E-mail
  • Most flower shops have books containing traditional designs that you can select from.
  • If you have something specific in mind, be sure to communicate your thoughts to your florist well ahead of time in case he or she has to order any special types of flowers or plants.
  • Another tip is to take a photo of a flower arrangement you like to your florist so they can make reference to it while ordering.
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Do certain flowers mean certain things? What if I send the wrong thing? PDF Print E-mail

In Victorian times, certain flowers had specific meanings because the flower selection was limited and people used more symbols and gestures to communicate than words. For those interested in the historic meanings of flowers, the Society of American Florists has compiled a list from a variety of different sources of the Meanings of Flowers.

But today, with so many flower choices, there are no rules - it's the sentiment that gives the gift its meaning. Your florist can help you send the right message. Many people assign their own personal meanings - a flower or color that might remind them of a special event or moment in their lives.

With a little thought and help from your florist, it's virtually impossible for you to send the "wrong thing." Consider the recipient's age, gender and floral preferences (if you are aware of any). Share details about the personality of the recipient with your florist and he or she will customize your arrangement and ensure the recipient's delight.

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Is it cheaper to order flowers that are in season? How do I know what flowers are in season? PDF Print E-mail

Simply ask your florist what flowers are in season and the best value. Flowers come into flower shops from every corner of the world and every flower is in season somewhere almost all the time! Seasonal varieties are often less expensive when in great abundance. For example, roses are a super value in summer because it is their peak growing season.

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If my girlfriend loves a certain flower and I want to get it for her birthday, can I special order it? PDF Print E-mail

Certainly. Be sure you know the name of the flower, and if there's a certain color you'll need. Call your florist one to two weeks in advance if possible, as he or she may have to special order the flowers. The sooner your florist can order the flower, the better your chances are of having it in time for the special day.

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Welcome to the Society of American Florists' Directory of Florists.

The Society of American Florists (SAF) is the U.S. floral industry trade association. SAF provides this Florist Directory as a benefit to member florists and a resource to the public. The Florist Directory lists thousands of SAF member florists.

SAF member florists are local florists. Many florists specialize in unique and customized floral arrangements and design, and offer a wide flower and gift selection, same-day delivery, freshness guarantee, expertise and consultation, and personal attention. SAF member florists are online florists and wedding florists who can help you to send flowers online, as well as send funeral flowers, sympathy flowers and birthday flowers,

The SAF Florist Directory will help you find a local florist to send flowers, roses and gifts for delivery to your loved ones.

Flowers have always been a top gift choice. People appreciate the beauty and ephemeral nature of flowers as a unique investment in memories. Flowers commemorate life's special occasions such as weddings and funerals and milestones such as birthdays and anniversaries. Flowers convey special messages such as "I love you" and "Get Well," and beautify homes and offices, and create festive atmospheres for social gatherings.

Talk to your local florist about sending the perfect floral design, flower arrangement or bouquet to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, Just Because, New Baby, Love & Romance, I'm Sorry, Get Well, and Sympathy. Send flowers from local florists to create a festive atmosphere for the holidays, including Christmas, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day roses, Thanksgiving, Easter, 4th of July, Father's Day, Halloween, Secretaries Week, Administrative Professionals Week, Grandparent's Day, Sweetest Day and Boss' Day. Florists also deliver plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, stuffed animals, balloons and other gifts perfect for every occasion.

Hosting a party or a big event? Flowers can enhance the mood and help set the tone. Call your local florists about wedding flowers. Ask your local florists about decorations for business and corporate meetings, Christmas parties and other events with flowers and plants.

Ask your florist to help you create a special memory. Send flowers from an SAF member florist today!

Along with searching the SAF Florist Directory, be sure to visit these links for help with Selecting a Florist, making sure Your Local Florist Is Local, and tips for Hiring a Wedding Florist.

Visit www.aboutflowers.com for advice on sending flowers and gifts, and to find a local SAF member florist to send flowers, roses and gifts for delivery.