With the introduction of online shopping, you can buy or send just about anything these days. It’s now possible to place an order and request that it’s sent to a distant relative, friend or family member residing in another part of the world – all at the touch of a button!
This is even the case for perishable goods such as fresh flowers!
In fact, more and more of us are using the World Wide Web to place orders for an array of flowers, including bouquets, table arrangements, centre pieces and bridal blooms.
Online florists are one of the most convenient options to choose from when it comes to international flower delivery.
Tips for booking international flower delivery
When ordering flowers online for international delivery, there are a few pointers to keep in mind, one of which includes choosing a supplier that is ether local to where you are based or local to the destination address.
Things to avoid
Try to avoid picking a supplier that doesn’t speak your native language, as this can make communications confusing – particularly if you have a specific request.
If using a florist based in another continent, it’s likely their customer service department will also be based there, so you may wish to check that there are not any language barriers before placing an order.
Do your research
There are an abundance of online florists offering international delivery. Before picking one, it’s always a good idea to do your research. Begin by checking out online reviews listing past customer experiences.
Once you’ve found one you like the look of, check that they offer international flower delivery to the country you wish to deliver too. Doing this before you reach the checkout screen will save you a lot of time! Most online florists will feature a list of countries they deliver too.
Alternatively, you can email them, use an online chat feature (if they offer it) or talk to an adviser over the phone. It’s also important to read the small print, especially when it comes to delivery charges as international delivery often comes at a higher price than that of local delivery.
It may also take a little longer to arrive at the final destination, which means you will need to order in plenty of time if you wish to meet a certain date.
Compare florists offering international delivery
Once you have chosen a few potential florists, don’t be afraid to compare them. You may wish to make a comparison between prices, delivery times, products, free flower delivery services, and additional extras in the shape of gifts such as chocolates and champagne.
In addition to this, it’s important to ensure your chosen florist offers a satisfaction guarantee, which means they’ll take full responsibility for any damaged goods and will either resend the order or provide you with compensation.
Things to check before placing your order
Before processing payment, it’s always a good idea to check all of your details – particularly the recipient’s name, delivery address and contact number. Double check that your billing address matches your bank account – any mistakes will likely hold up your order or prevent payment from going through.
Always choose a site that offers a secure payment method, as this will ensure your personal details are protected.
Tips for saving money
If you wish to stick to a certain budget, choose a florist that offers free international delivery or alternatively, order in plenty of time! Most florists will offer free standard delivery, whilst same day and fast track can often cost a great deal more.
Other factors to take into consideration include credit card fees and additional charges, such as packaging and cards with messages to the recipient.
The flowers may also be displayed in a vase in any website images – remember that props won’t be included in the price of the flowers, so you should factor it into your budget if you wish to purchase one.
It’s also a good idea to find out what flowers they have in season, either in your region or the region you intend to send the flowers to. Flowers that have to be sourced from faraway places often end up costing a great deal more!