FTD, Teleflora, 1800 Flowers & DOGS from a Fellow Florist in Illinois

You may all be wondering why I’m posting three links for all of you. Yes, they are our competition only because people let them be. Feel free to take a look at each one & all their negative nightmarish comments from Mother’s Day. You will understand why I’m posting this. The thing that bothers me most is many times these companies will blame the local florists for the unhappy customers of theirs.

We used to be a filling shop for all three of the big ones until we caught them being very deceitful in ripping off people before sending us the orders that they then ripped us off for. Our good name & reputation meant more to us since we work so hard for each & every one of our customers.
Long story short….we FIRED all of them & people are finally starting to realize why you should shop local, which I’ve been saying that for a very long time without all of these explanations.


Teleflora, FTD, 1800Flowers, etc. are all just order takers. They collect your money, excessive fees and then forward what is left to the local florist who is required to fill the order for half of what you paid for it. They don’t even pass on the unbelievable high delivery fees to the florist, they keep it all. GREEDY! Contact your local florist next time and get your order filled for the full value of the money that you paid for it, not half of what you paid for it.
AND…..anytime you google search a florist, you will always see names at the top area. They are ALL deceitful order gatherers (DOGS) that pay millions each holiday to take away from local florists. It’s a big business. There are also listings that look like a flower shop name but again, they bought many domain names to pose as a real florist. If you see a toll free number only & no physical address…you’ve found a DOG! If you ever have an order to send out somewhere far, feel free to contact me, I will give you a phone number of a Real Local Florist. Another way to find one is to type in florist in (town, state) on the facebook search box. There you should be able to find florists listed on fb that you can look at some of their designs & look for yourself & decide.
I’m just trying to educate people as the the Whys & Why Nots

The Powerful Language of Flowers During Times of Sympathy

Flowers symbolize the life cycle of humans from birth through death. Both humans and flowers have fragile lives and both need proper conditions to grow and thrive. In death, flowers symbolize how the beauty of creation is temporary, just as life is temporary. Flowers have special aesthetic value for their beauty helps balance our emotional response to the perceived ugliness of death.

In older days, the sweet fragrance of funeral flowers would mask the decomposing body odors. Today people send flowers to funerals because it is a visual expression of love, sympathy and respect; it’s a way of sharing the burden of grief and community support for those grieving. Flowers’ warmth and beauty add to the dignity and consolation of the funeral service. After the funeral service, the bereaved is left with a “memory picture” of the final tribute of their loved one. The more comforting the “memory picture” is the more easily it is to recall the final tribute, thus the more vivid is their reality of loss.

The bereaved never see in their “memory picture” flowers that wither and die, but always recall the beauty of the final tribute. People who have attended funerals with no flowers have expressed the feeling that something was missing and the funeral was depressing. Finally flowers are not only for the living , they are for the dead too. Flowers help express respect for the dead which in turn honors the dead and consoles the living.

Gathering and arranging flowers around our dead is society’s oldest form of mourning and honoring those we have lost.

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How To Order Prom Flowers

Each year we get a new crop of juniors and returning seniors (fresh off their junior year and ready to take on the world) that have to get ready for their Prom. Here is a few pointers to get you started and help you along the way.

  • Visit your local flower shop at least one to two weeks prior to your prom.This will allow the florist to special order the flowers you want.
  • Bring in a swatch (clothing sample) of your dress or your date’s dress to match the ribbon for your prom wrist-let and/or boutonniere. You can even bring the dress itself.
  • Ask your date if she has a favorite flower or what her favorite color is. By using her favorite flower and/or color you can personalize her prom flowers and make her feel even more special.
  • If you and your date come into the flower shop seperately, make sure you tell each other what you ordered or get the order# so the flower shop can match the wrist corsage with the boutonniere.
  • Have the money to pay for your flowers upon placing your order.
  • Visit our online prom gallery http://www.wylieflowershop.com/gallery_prom.php to get an idea of what you would like to order. There are a lot of examples on the website of our designers work from previous proms and from fashion sources.
  • Trust your florist to make your beautiful prom flowers, After all, they’re the experts.

Each of our designers have made 100’s to 1000’s  of corsages, wrist-lets, and boutonnieres, plus we stay current with the latest trends and designs. Please stop by so we can assist with your prom needs.