Valentine’s Day, the day for expressing your undying love and devotion for that special someone in your life, and the day most women look forward to with anticipation and excitement. But for many guys and girls, this can be a rather stressful experience, and often ends in frustration and disappointment.
Updated: 7 February 2017
It’s hard enough finding the right Valentine’s Day gift to surprise and delight your significant other. Eventually you do find that perfect bouquet of flowers or the ultimate romantic gift to send her, only to find your hopes of scoring brownie points in the romance department decimated by poor quality flowers, or even worse, a gift that doesn’t arrive at all!
Yes, unfortunately this is the sad reality many romantics at heart have been faced with in years gone by. This is of course a huge concern for us at inMotion Flowers, as we take our responsibility towards our customers and their loved ones very seriously. So we’ve decided to put together this bare it all guide on sending flowers and gifts for Valentine’s Day, with a few tips for avoiding disaster and disappointment.
Before we get to the tips though, we’d like to cover a few facts about Valentine’s Day flowers we think you should know.
Why Flowers are so expensive around Valentine’s Day
It’s no secret that flower prices sky rocket around special flower days like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. We’ll forgive you for thinking that it’s the florists who drive the prices up as the demand for flowers goes up, but the truth is that the markets push the prices up. If it were up to us, we’d keep our prices the same throughout the year... ;-)
Valentine’s Day is the biggest flower day of the year for florists, and captures 36% of holiday transactions and 40% of holiday spend volume when looking at flower purchases only. 63% of these purchases are for red roses. In 2014, an estimated 257 million roses were produced for Valentine’s Day! You can imagine the logistical nightmare of producing and transporting this many flowers in such a small time frame, which explains why the costs of producing these flowers and maintaining their quality are so high.
Since the florists have to buy the flowers at astronomical prices, they have no choice but to push their prices up around these big flower days.
Another big concern for us is the quality of flowers. Throughout the year we always try to buy the best quality flowers available, and special flower days are no different for us. However, we are still at the mercy of what’s available at the market. Sure there are different grades and quality of flowers, which is why you should always purchase from a reputable florist that doesn’t try to cut costs by purchasing lower quality flowers that cost less. However, sometimes, even the best quality available might not be quite what we want it to be.
Although this is no reason to not order flowers, as we do offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Therefore if for any reason you aren’t satisfied, we’ll replace the flowers at no extra cost to you. As always, we are committed to providing you the best service and value for your money.
How to Avoid Disappointment
The most important advice we can offer you here is not to wait until the last minute to place your order. This is especially true for flowers, but also applies to hampers and gifts. Valentine’s Day is on 14 February in South Africa, so it’s a good idea to have your order in by the 10th. Of course we’ll continue to take orders after that, but keep in mind that at some point we may have to stop taking orders if we reach our maximum capacity or if the markets run out of flowers. Also, the earlier you order, the more choice you’ll likely have.
Keep in mind, if you plan to order a gift or hamper, it will need to be couriered. Please allow 1-2 days for delivery.
We would also like to point out that we can’t offer specific delivery times on busy days like this. To be safe, we recommend that you supply your florist with an address where someone will be available from 8am-5pm. Also, make sure the address and telephone numbers (preferably two phone numbers) are correct to ensure your order gets delivered on time. If the address is wrong or the recipient can’t be reached, your order might only be redelivered the following day.
What if my Gift Doesn’t Arrive?
This is everyone’s worst nightmare, including ours. We go to great lengths to make sure that all our flowers and gifts arrive on the requested day of delivery, and we are proud to say that we have a very good track record for delivering on time. Unfortunately we can only get delivery confirmation details once the drivers get back from their assigned routes, but even then, getting these order status updates from our florists can be very difficult at busy times like this. We therefore ask that you be patient and understanding in this regard.
We can assure you that we are doing everything in our power to make sure your order gets delivered on time.
Choosing the Right Gift
We have a wide variety of flower, hamper and gift choices available, so choosing the perfect gift might be easier said than done. We've written a detailed article with our favourite Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas to help you, but here are a few tips to get you started:
- To be safe, try and stick to ordering red or pink roses, as most florists will be well stocked on these flowers.
- When ordering from our website, please order from our Valentine’s Day category only, as we can’t promise that florists will have our other floral products in stock around this time.
- If she isn’t a huge fan of flowers, go for one of our lovely hampers or gifts instead.
- If you are sending Valentine flowers to Durban, order from our Durban Valentine’s Day category, as we have a wider selection of flower products available in Durban.
We hope this article hasn’t put you off buying flowers for Valentine’s Day. Our intention is purely to inform you of the ins and outs of ordering flowers for Valentine’s Day from any florist around the world, including us, and to help you make the right choices. Remember, our primary goal is to surprise and delight, and to offer you the BEST service we possibly can. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll do our best to assist you in any way we can.
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