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An FTD Review Of My Experience

I live far away from my family, but I think of them often. While I cannot be there for all the holidays, I always remember them by sending a gift. For Mother’s Day, I enjoy sending a bright bouquet to my mother. She always enjoys them and knows that I am thinking of her.

If you are an online shopper like me, you’ve probably used all the different flower websites. I’ve used ProFlowers and 1-800-Flowers before with great results. They’ve delivered quality flowers for my loved ones before.

This year was different. I used FTD for the first time to send flowers to my mother. Like most people, I shop around to find the best deal. I had cash back from Ebates as well as cash back from credit card. In order to get the best deal, FTD was my only option. I knew FTD was a large company that has years of experience, so I placed an order of flowers for my mother.

FTD Review

English: A bouquet of flowers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before I explain why FTD provided me with a horrible experience, I’d like to note a few things. I know that FTD themselves do not ship the flowers. Instead, they work with local florists. These florists are responsible for making the bouquet and delivering them. I also know that besides Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day is the busiest day for florists.

Mother’s Day came and my mother did not receive her flowers. I went to the FTD website to check my order, it was there and had the correct date. I then inquired about my order, I received an automated response that I would be contacted soon with an update.

The next day, my mother still did not have her flowers and I still did not hear from FTD. I had to call FTD again, they should of contacted me. The customer service representative was prompt and understanding. She placed me on a brief hold to contact the local florist. Unfortunately, the florist was busy and would have to call back.

I was never contacted that day. I posted my frustration on my Twitter account, Mother’s Day was important and I felt badly that my mother did not get her flowers. Even worse, FTD did not seem urgent about setting the issue.

Unbeknownst to me, this Twitter post is what finally got things done. It was noticed by the staff at FTD and a customer service representative called me quickly. This representative quickly resolved the situation and my mother received a fresh bouquet that day. The representative also refunded my shipping and refunded 40% off the bouquet price. The representative sent me a coupon as well, for a value of $20 to be used for a later purchase.

While I understand that FTD does not produce the bouquet personally, they are responsible for the service they provide. They should of provided a timely delivery of the flowers. If they knew that the delivery was to be three days late, they should of contacted me sooner.

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A Sante Fe Florist With A Custom Approach

Unlike most of the Gulf Coast flower gardens that are not doing well in this summer’s heat, DW Florals and Gifts is full of blooms. The owner, Theresa Sobnosky, is exquisitely talented with using what she has in the cooler to create custom arrangements.

She shared that her knack for fashioning custom arrangements comes from her ability to read people. Sobnosky has over 30 years of experience in the floral business and stated that although she is not a visual artiste, she is able to look at her flowers in the cooler and automatically know how to set them in the vase. This energetic florist also involves her clients in the process and shares her knowledge with both existing and new customers.

Sante Fe Florist

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Local Flair and Nationally Recognized

DW Florals and Gifts is a part of Florists’ Transworld Delivery (FTD), the worldwide delivery floral service which services 13 cities in Galveston County. FTD acknowledged DW Florals and Gifts last year as one of its top 250 florists of 40,000 plus. Although Sobnosky has this national recognition, her approach remains locally focused.

She attributes her success to knowing her customers and shared that she has customers who only want daises so she has to keep them in stock for these special persons’ birthdays and anniversaries. She also credits her good service, free delivery in Santa Fe and low countrywide delivery costs as key factors that keep customers happy and returning.

Weddings

DW Florals and Gifts also gives great support for weddings. The shop assists those brides who want to make DIY centerpieces through an order service which ensures that fresh flowers get there on time and properly processed to ensure that the arrangements meets satisfaction. Sobnosky can also assist with corsages, buttoners and favors.

Roses Galore

DW Florals and Gifts is offering a special on roses for the summer so you can purchase a 12-rose arrangement for just $25. As usual, Santa Fe delivery is free, and for other cities in the county, there is $10 surcharge. You have the option of several fantastic container choices including paint cans in an array of colors and glass pieces by Vera Wang.

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Tips On Buying Mothers Day Flowers

Tips On Buying Mothers Day Flowers

Mothers Day is a special occasion that is meant to honor mothers for their sacrificial role in caring for and raising their children. There are many gifts that are suitable for this occasion, but flowers are still one of the most popular options. Nearly all mothers love flowers and there are many flower varieties and bouquet types to choose from.

First of all, one will want to find a good florist in the area. If one cannot find a florist that offers the type of arrangement he or she is looking for, then working with a florist online can be a good idea. Many florists sell their creations online; these arrangements only take a day or two to arrive at one’s doorstep and are as fresh and beautiful as the day the flowers were picked.

Choosing the right flower types and colors is also important. Roses and carnations are considered to be traditional Mothers day flowers but one does not have to feel limited to choosing between these two options alone. Bright and colorful flower arrangements using pansies, lilies and other flowers are also suitable. Ideally, one should try to choose flower in a mother’s favorite color.

Buying Mothers day flowers it not difficult, but one should put some forethought into choosing the right arrangement. A good arrangement will not only be beautiful but it will include the types and colors of flowers that the recipient likes. It is also wise to order the arrangement well in advance to make sure it arrives on time.

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Flower Deliveries by Mail

There is nothing more exciting and special than receiving an unexpected delivery of flowers in the mail! When trying to come up with a unique surprise that is out of the ordinary, flowers sent by post can be one of the best ideas. It has also never been easier to accomplish this surprise for someone special. There are so many websites that now offer flowers sent by post. The exact flower arrangement can be selected online, and customers have hundreds of arrangements to browse through and pick from to really make the gift personalized.

Most of these flower delivery companies also send a note along with the delivery at no extra charge. Customers can write their own notes, or select from hundreds of pre-written notes for any occasion. These reliable websites accept all major credit cards, so that the payment can easily be made online.

Many of the websites not only offer beautiful flower arrangements, but also chocolates, stuffed animals, and gorgeous flower vases that can be kept and reused for a lifetime. In the past, people could only give flowers to one another in person. This made it difficult for friends, family, and lovers who live far away from one another. Now, no matter the distance between two people, they can still exchange a gift of flowers with one another, with the help of reliable online companies.

It can be hard to be far away from those closest to our heart and receiving a surprise flower delivery can really help cheer things up! This is a great gift not only for romantic couples that are far away, but also for family. Mother’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthdays can all be made more special with flowers sent by post. The feeling a grandmother or mother gets when she gets a surprise delivery of flowers at her door from her grandchildren or children is one of a kind.

Many couples that live with their spouse still enjoy exchanging flowers by mail. It is fun and exciting for a woman to receive a delivery of flowers on her desk at work from her husband, whether it be for an anniversary, Valentine’s Day, birthday, “just because”, or even “I‘m sorry“.  It reminds the wife or girlfriend that her partner really cares for her, and that he took the time to think of something out of the ordinary to surprise her with.

One of the best things about arranging flower deliveries by post is that they do not have to be arranged too far ahead of time. Many online flower delivery companies are able to take orders up to the day of delivery! So if someone accidentally forgot the birthday or anniversary of a loved one, they can easily arrange a delivery the same day. Also, if there is an unexpected event, a bouquet can be picked out and sent same day. Flower deliveries by mail are a fantastic way to delight friends and family!

 

Claire Jarrett runs Marketing By Web and is writting on behalf of Easy Flower, who offer flowers by post next day delivery and bouquets by post for those special moments.

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Wedding Flowers – From Bride Bouquet to Outdoor Receptions

There is much to be organized as a wedding approaches and choosing the correct wedding flowers plays a vital role in setting the perfect mood at the church and reception.  From the bride bouquet to the decorations in the church and the reception room, flowers provide the icing on the wedding cake.  Guests gathered at the church for the wedding ceremony will have their eyes fixed on the bride and her bouquet and photographs will always include the wedding flowers.  It is therefore required to give them much thought.

The bride bouquet is made up of a number of flowers – commonly miniature roses -which come in colors such as yellow, red, pink, orange and white. Bouquets carried by the bride should complement the wedding dress worn. If the flowers in the bouquet are of color that is a complete contrast to the wedding dress, then the ensemble can have a haphazard look to it that does not befit the occasion.

The size of the flower bouquet carried by the bride should match her body frame. For a bride who is short the bouquet should be compact enough for her to carry it comfortably. If it is too heavy or wide then it might look a bit odd in her hands and make the bride look small.  Similarly, taller and well-built brides should have a much bigger bouquet than the bouquet carried by a shorter bride.

Wedding florists have considerable experience in arranging flowers for special occasions, particularly weddings. The wedding couple is always free to give their suggestions or requirements to the florist.  Flower decorations in the church and the reception hall should virtually always be handled by a florist or a professional wedding planner, even if the budget for the wedding is quite short.  There are design complexities involved in making flower decorations to tastefully cover the length and breadth of the reception hall.

Wedding flowers that are used for decorating the reception hall can be white in color to match the color of the wedding gown worn by the bride, but the availability of flowers is mostly dependent on the season in which the wedding is held. A wide variety of flowers are available during the spring and summer season, but choices are more restricted for a winter wedding. The higher quantity and wide variety of flowers available in the summer and spring can lower the cost of wedding flowers during these seasons.

A spring or summer wedding affords the additional choice of holding the reception or even the wedding outdoors, and if this is chosen by the bride and groom then beautiful outdoor flowers can complete a perfect outdoor wedding.

About the author:

Claire Jarrett runs Marketing By Web and recommends Anne Harding, who are a wedding shop Bristol

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