Grocery store flowers v. Florist flowers
I get it. I really do. I can see why it can be so tempting to pick up a bouquet while out shopping at a grocery store for an event/loved one. It is so easy to pop into the grocery store while also shopping for your food, basically killing two birds with one stone.
HOWEVER, I think buying these types of bouquets have a time and a place. Here are the pros and cons to both shopping for floral at a grocery store or purchasing your arrangements from a florist. Decide for yourself!
Grocery store bouquets
1. They last a really long time, like a really long time. The floral chosen at grocery stores tends to be low maintenance giving you great value for your money.
2. You can just grab a bouquet and pay for it and get the HELL OUTTA THERE! This is quite convenient especially if you are having a sunglasses and Advil kinda day.
3. If you do not know much about floral (or find it intimidating), it doesn’t matter since the bouquets come pre-made.
4. The floral tends to be cheap and cheerful and great for when you are on a budget.
1. The floral at a grocery store tends to be dyed or sprayed with god knows what preservatives to keep them looking fresh for longer.
2. The most beautiful of flowers are entirely left out of the grocery store equation i.e. no peonies, garden roses, freesia, orchids, snaps etc (the list is endless)
3. They are usually clumped together by someone who has very minimal to no experience with floral.
4. They usually do not come arranged in a vase.
5. The care can be dodgy at best, making it a bit of a crapshoot. Which is fine, however you cannot usually return flowers that have died after they make it home.
6. It is a“what you see, is what you get” type thing. If you are looking for a certain color or style it can be tricky.
1. If you order early enough, you can pretty much get any flower/colour you are looking for. (As long as it is in season).
2. You get to set the budget you want to spend and yes, you can probably get something quite similar or close to what you find in the grocery store just WAY more beautifully designed.
3. Each bouquet/arrangement has been specifically designed with the event/person in mind and is usually BEAUTIFUL.
4. The flowers have been appropriately cared for (see blog post 1) since the date it arrived at that florist.
5. You get to chat and make small talk to someone usually pretty awesome while you order/wait for your floral.
6. If you do not know a lot about flowers (hello gentlemen!) you can ask and find out anything you need to know from your florist and therefore impress the people you are sending said flowers to.
7. Florist’s work with you to create something truly custom based on lots of information or none :).
8. The choice of floral is truly quite extensive and so gives the bouquet depth and lots of texture.
9. The person/people seeing/receiving said arrangement feel super special that you went out of your way to go to a flower shop.
10. If anything were to happen to your flowers, you can usually get them replaced immediately, as “shit” happens!
11. The wrapping is pretty.
1. There are none….kidding
2. It does take time either ordering or visiting to the store to place the order and pick it up or get it delivered.
3. It can get quite pricy unless you stipulate your budget.
4. I have been told that it can get quite stuffy and awkward when standing around waiting for the bouquets (cough! cough! you guys), but I am hoping that will change now that floral is becoming more accessible to the masses!
In conclusion, I think that if it is to spruce up the home for the week, make the house more sellable for prospective buyers or if you really do not have time to wait then the grocery store bouquet is for you.
However EVERY OTHER TIME YOU NEED TO GO TO A FLORIST. You just do. I may be biased, but try it out one time and see the quality, look and difference for yourself.
I would love to hear your thoughts as it is something I think about/chat with people about quite often. It is a battle us florists are facing on a daily basis.
Thats all for now,
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