Shipping your bouquet in the mail seems like a daunting task. There are many things that can go wrong, right? Well, we're here to set your mind at ease - it's safer and easier than you might think!
Overall, shipping a bouquet of flowers in the mail is more a battle against time than any issues that could arise from the shipping process.
Over the years, we've found a fool-proof way of safely and successfully shipping bouquets and flower arrangements in the mail and we've compiled everything into a quick, how-to guide here for you.
What You’ll Need:
A Cardboard Box: Choose a box that’s slightly larger than your bouquet to provide enough space for cushioning while keeping the flowers secure.
Packing Material: Opt for crumpled newspaper, wrapping paper, or Styrofoam packing peanuts. Avoid bubble wrap or plastic bags as they can trap moisture and damage the flowers.
Packing Tape: Use standard packing tape to securely seal the box.
Mementos or Special Items: If you have photos, invitations, or other sentimental items you want to include, make sure they are well-protected.
Step 1: Maintain Freshness
Keep your bouquet in water right up until you’re ready to pack it. To preserve the freshness, ship your flowers within 24 hours of your event. We also recommend using express or overnight delivery arrangements so your flowers arrive to their destination as fresh as possible.
Step 2: Hydrate the Stems
Wrap a wet paper towel or rag around the stems.
Place the stems in a plastic bag to catch any excess water and secure with a rubber band.
Important: Do not wrap the flower heads in plastic; only the stems.
Step 3: Create a Cushioned Nest
In your cardboard box, use the packing material to create a supportive nest at the bottom.
Gently place your bouquet in the nest, ensuring the heads are open and can breathe.
Fill the remainder of the box with packing material, making sure the bouquet is snug and secure.
Step 4: Include Sentimental Items
Place any additional items like photos or invitations in the box. Place them in a plastic bag to keep them dry and put them toward the bottom of the box nestled into the packing material.
Step 5: Secure and Label the Package
Include a note with the name your order was placed under.
Close the box and seal it securely with packing tape.
Label the package clearly with the shipping and return addresses.
Bonus: Put a "Fragile" label on your package to reduce risk of mishandling.
Step 6: Choose the Right Shipping Carrier
For cost-effective and timely shipping, consider using the US Post Office.
Overnight ship your bouquet to ensure it remains fresh.
The cost may vary from $30 to $200 depending on the package’s weight. Since weight is the primary factor in cost to ship, we recommend being mindful of your choice of packing material and how that could impact the package's weight.
Step 7: Track and Ensure
If available, use the tracking option to monitor your package’s progress.
Consider purchasing shipping insurance for added peace of mind.
By following these careful steps, you can trust that your precious bouquet will arrive safely and in perfect condition for preservation. Remember, the key is to act quickly and ensure every detail is attended to, from hydration to secure packing.
With this guide, your blooms are in good hands and one step closer to becoming a timeless keepsake.
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