Redondo Beach, CA (PressExposure) April 12, 2009 -- 1) Order Early: Prices will go up as we get closer to Mother's Day. The higher demand close to the holiday will make prices go up. Often by 30-40%. Last minute orders can have rush fees and added short term shipping costs. When you place your order early you often get better flowers for less. With the crush of last minute orders some flowers get out of stock and you may even get substitutions.
When you make the delivery arrangement tell them what to do if there is no one there when they arrive. Tell them if you want them left under a tree, on the side of the house, or anywhere out of the sun.
2) Give some thought to what flowers or gift is best overall value. If the stem is longer, if the grade is higher, then the price is steeper. You can add other flowers to roses or choose a color other than red and you will get a better price. Any flower in less demand will cost less.
3) Don't Assume that the first price shown is the full price. The little add ons usually cost extra. Many times a vase is included in the cost online but make sure. If they don't tell you then shop elsewhere. An informed choice is your right. Shipping and taxes may or may not apply. If you are ordering early look for discounts offered for that. Free shipping may require a change in your choices, it is up to you to decide if the tradeoff is worth it.
4) Observe carefully any guarantees and look the site over for genuine recomedations. When ordering online you are probably going to use a credit card which will give you a chance to dispute the cost of need be, but make sure you see a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
5 Actually place the order online. Many companies add an extra charge to orders placed on the phone. They may not tell you until after you place the order.
Ordering your Mother's Day Gift online gives you some unique benefits. You are able to take as much time as you please when ordering online. You can search and browse through all the choices, maybe selecting something to go with, or even instead for flowers. You won't have any salesperson hovering around and online the prices are listed. You can choose a lower cost arrangement to fit your budget or dream up creative combination of gifts to make yours unique.
My favorite advantage of ordering online is taking care of multiple gifts and holidays all at one time. I order for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother's Day and Valentines one time for the whole year.