How To: Order Flowers Over the Phone

atla-090408-phone.jpgSince many of our family and friends live far away, we often find ourselves ordering flowers over the phone to be delivered to them. But, if you're not ordering from a florist you know or through a service that will recreate a specific bouquet, how do you get it right? Our tricks, after the jump...

  • Ask for what's in season and what's local: What's available in Los Angeles, may not be what's available in Bogota or Toronto.
  • Order a single colour or a range of analogous colours: We tend to favour all white arrangements but all blues would be great or a mix of yellows and oranges. If you can, ask the florist what looks best.
  • A single flower arrangement's always a good bet. Even flowers you might not normally choose look great when there's a big bunch of them all bunched together.
  • Specify "no greenery".. It's the one thing that will take your bouquet from bad to fab in a second.
  • A low round bowl always looks nice. Also, it's a standard, available at most florists worldwide.

What tricks do you use to make sure that what you order is what's received?

[Image: ljcybergal's Flickr, with a Creative Commons License]

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