Advantages Pay extra and you are guaranteed delivery..
Disadvantages the amount of flowers you get for your money..
What do you buy for your mum for a birthday present?That's the question that had been bugging me for a few days, okay maybe I should have thought about it more than a few days before my mum's birthday what to get her.. After all these birthdays its hard to choose something she doesn't already have and I know I can't be the only person that's experienced this surely lol!!
But with everything else you know how things turn out..Plus payday is a little too close to the end of the month to plan much in advance to be honest!!
Anyway I picked the only thing I could think of that would actually make any difference and that I could get within a day or twos notice..Flowers..
So I went on Google and typed in 'flowers delivered,' and there was so many different options and after trailing through a few of them I decided on Bunches.co.uk.. I think it was the offer of free chocolates that made me look twice at this company.. However in the cold light of morning it perhaps shouldn't have been the reason to sway my decision..!
Well I will say one thing about this website is that it is nicely spread out and placed on the webpage so you can find everything you are looking for from the classic, lower prices bouquets to the more luxurious and expensive ones and also helium balloons if you want that kind of thing attached to a bouquet..The website is obviously a little feminine, because stereotypically flowers are for us women..
So needless to say the website is flowery, the top graphics are the company logo, bunches.co.uk with the 'U' of bunches holding a tiny bouquet of flowers. The overall characteristics of the website are a little cartoony and a bit flowery..Surprise surprise they are an online florists!!
There is also a feature bunch of flowers on the opening page that fills the centre of the screen quite nicely and admittedly do look very attractive but I have to say if you saw them in the 'flesh' you might just be disappointed..The homepage is essentially split into two sections.. The flowers and the business side to things, with delivery dates and free offers..
The website has 8 separate sections to help you choose what type of flowers you wish to send or have delivered to yourself or to someone as a gift.. The sections are….Classic Value Flowers
And non-flowery..Helium balloons
Each section in a little more detail..
Each section of flowers has a different range with different prices.. The flowers vary by style and colour.. The seasonal section holds the different colours for the season, such as the autumn collection holds more burnt orange and red coloured flowers, the spring would hold perhaps pink.. So for a seasonal look you would opt for the autumn flowers..
To be honest this section is the cheapest and holds the lowest price of bouquets that can be delivered at £9.99, but for ten long stem carnations, which aren't maybe to everyone's taste.. Fellas take note.. Spend a little more cash!! Okay so it isn't just carnations in this section.. There are more exotic flowers like lilies and freesias and some others that I had never heard of before.. Like.. Gypsophila - no idea but they are fragrant and pretty..!This section is mainly full of carnations which to say the least are not the most romantic flowers, and the lack of exotic flowers that you can't find on your local market for less, does somewhat indicate the quality of the bouquet..
The prices within this sections range from £9.99 to £19.99..Overall.. Don't knock this section if your looking for a small bunch that fills a cute little vase because you are not going to be disappointed, but if you want a bigger bouquet and more flowers I'm afraid you are going to have to pay a little more..
Alstroemeria.. Chrysanthemums.. Roses.. Gerbera.. And Gemini to name but a few..These bouquets range in price from £20.99 to £199.99
Overall.. For the range the flowers are more worth the money, and the £199.99 idea of having a bouquets delivered once a month is a nice idea if you can afford it!! The baby bunches are a great idea to celebrate the birth of a little one at a price that is not to expensive at £28.99..
Again the cost of these flowers increases as the collections become more exclusive and more fancy..
So there is a few less bouquets in this section so I can give a more detailed description of the three bouquets available..
Each bouquet as you can see comes with a vase, which for the price they defiantly should do..These bouquets range in price from £38.99 to £40.99
Overall.. This range of flowers is more expensive but you do get more for your money, not necessarily in quality or quantity of flowers but you don't have to fiddle round finding a vase for your flowers especially if they have been bought for you as a gift and you don't know they're coming..!
This range of flowers is obviously dependant upon the season, so for the moment we have autumnal flowers which I guess will be due to change in about November to winter flowers which I think, when they change will be a very beautiful bunch of flowers for sale..
Though the thing with this website and flowers means the cheapest bouquet in this section is purely carnations..!
I expected the flowers in this section for be fairly orangey-red with the occasional smattering of yellow, but they are more pink and purple which I thought would be a more summery colour flowers..
Carnations.. Germini.. Chrysanthemums.. Lilies.. Alstromeria.. And Roses..These bouquets range from £13.99 to £25.99
Overall.. These flowers are meant to be a reflection on the seasons changing colours like the leaves but they aren't quite what you would expect, especially as they do have the usual bunch of Carnations..!
The more expensive bunches do look more summery but they are very pretty.. One bunch even comes in a wicker basket..!
The only flowers in these bouquets is roses!!
The flowers or more to the point the roses in this section do look totally gorgeous..
I do admit I am one of those girls who loves roses, not that I get any..!
Obviously roses are a little more expensive than some flowers, because they are rarer in some places than others..
Despite this I do think that the price of these flowers is fairly justified..
There is only three choices so I will give you the list of them..Single Red Rose - 'A luxury Grand Prix red Rose encased in green twisted Lucky Bamboo with long bear grass.'
These flowers range from £15.99 to £44.99..Overall.. These flowers are quite good value for the money, they are roses after all..!
The flowers range from £9.99 to £19.99 so they are of a similar price to the classic value flower bouquets..Overall.. These flowers to me personally are a bit boring Carnations aren't my favourite flowers.. But if you are looking for something simple that won't cost the Earth this section is about right for you..
There is only four different plants so I cant give you a quick run-down..Peace Lily - 'A lovely cream flowered, green leaved houseplant delivered in its own cream ceramic plant pot.'
The flowers in this section range from £18.99 to £25.99Overall.. These plants are much better value for the time they are going to last..! They are more decorative too..!
== My Flowers ==
These flowers were £15.99..
Including free postage and a free box of chocolates..
And I quote..'Sweet Celebration
A beautiful mix of spray Chrysanthemum flowers in soft shades of pink, along with cerise pink Germini and spray Carnations all interspersed with delicate purple Statice.This beautiful long-lasting bouquet makes the perfect gift.'
Okay, so the flowers are beautiful looking on the website, and they also look like there is a lot lot more flowers than when they are actually delivered..There are Carnations in abundance, but there is only one Germini which does make the bouquet look a little empty..
To be honest if you look at the pictures on the website, there are double or three times the amount of flowers that are actually delivered.. Which is not worth the £15.99 the customer pays for some flowers but not enough to pay that amount..
Which then pushed my total to £24.95..
Then there were extras that they try to get you too buy.. Like chocolates and teddy bears they also add extra to your price..
I chose to add Belgian Chocolates to my order as a surprise for my Mum along with the free chocolates I received for merely placing the order..
These were another £4.95 on top of my order..
So if you were to buy the classic Carnations at £9.99, you would receive 100 points.. Which then gives you 50 pence of your next order..Confused? I was..!
The points you get are halved to give you an amount off your next flowers..(If you choose to buy anymore when you initially receive the ones that gave you your posy points, in the first place.)
Well I am not going to complain about the company and their delivery times because with the extra £4.95 you are guaranteed to get your flowers delivered on the day you request, which is fairly good..
They estimate that the flowers will be delivered between 8am and 3pm..
The ones I bought were delivered at just gone 8am, even I wasn't awake when they arrived and I was at work for half 9 that day..
So the delivery overall is really good..
The idea of having flowers delivered to your address is a nice one, but it isn't necessarily the cheapest or best value for money..
The benefits of this company is that they take orders over the phone too, but if you don't quite no what your looking for using the website is better for you..
Well I was so disgusted with the quality and quantity of the flowers I received two days ago after writing the review I decided to complain to the company itself..
The woman who responded I feel couldn't have been more apologetic for the problems that had occurred with my bunches of flowers..
Surprisingly she was very calm and collected considering the e-mail I had sent was somewhat angry sounding..
After a few e-mails passing between myself and the company I was offered a new bunch of fresh flowers to be delivered as soon as possible..
But I asked for my money back and they were more than happy to do so and paid the refund straight into my bank account as requested today..
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