Pros / The funeral selection is extensive and excellent.
Cons / You cannot see what an upgraded, more expensive floral arrangement would look like on this website.
Verdict / Flowerpetal.com.com stands out with its beautiful flowers and wide funeral selection, but its website makes the process harder than other sites do.
Flowerpetal.com.com has provided online flower delivery service since 1999. Its floral arrangements are excellent, with a special emphasis on funeral flowers. However, its options are not as extensive as those of other online flower delivery services.
The website consists of a large and very attractive selection of different online flowers and arrangements, including live plants, roses and lilies, as well as orchids and other tropical flowers. If you are feeling particularly generous, you can upgrade any flower product to a larger and more varied bouquet. However, what you upgrade to might be a mystery. You cannot see the upgraded floral arrangement once you click on it to buy flowers online, nor does the site tell you how it is different from the option with the lower price. The best site we tested for selection is 1-800-Flowers.com. If you can't find something on Flowerpetal.com, 1-800-Flowers will likely have it.
You cannot order wreaths, silk flowers or dried floral arrangements either, and there is no wedding section, although you can order a pretty floral arrangement specifically to congratulate someone on an engagement. This site also lacks personalized gifts and the ability for you to sign up for an automated plan to have monthly or weekly gifts delivered to someone you love, which some of the best online flower delivery sites offer.
We ordered a pre-arranged bouquet in a vase and were pleased to see how fresh, colorful and alive it looked upon arrival, and it stayed good looking for quite a while.
One of Flowerpetal.com's strongest suits is its condolence and sympathy selection, which is exceptionally generous and helpful. Among the choices are floral bouquets to either send to the home of the bereaved or to the place where the funeral is held, as well as sprays, casket floral coverings and arrangements that can be put inside a coffin. The latter feature is especially appropriate if open-casket funerals are the tradition where you live, because not every online flower delivery site or local florist shop is familiar with that way of doing things.
The gift basket selection is rather small, but the options look delicious and quite tempting. You can pick flowers and a basket to really treat someone, or simply send a basket of such things as fresh fruit, cookies and juice, teas, chocolates, cheeses and crackers, nuts, sausages, olives and more. If you want to browse flowers and more gift baskets, Harry & David has the best gift baskets we tested.
You get useful and clearly written directions on the website describing how to care for your floral arrangement as well as a fun webpage explaining “The Language of Flowers.”
Unfortunately, the website is cluttered and text-heavy, and it lacks a search option, so you just have to browse in the hopes of finding what you specifically want. The impact of the lovely blossoms and varied arrangements is lost among the visual noise of a variety of text blocks, colors and styles. The pictures on the front of each section page are quite small, no matter how elaborate the arrangement might be. As a helpful gesture, though, the website shows upcoming holidays on the right-hand side of the page and lists its most popular choices for those particular times.
You can order flowers online, through email or over the phone, and you can track your order using the same options. Flowerpetal.com only services the United States and Canada, and it ships orders through local florists and delivery services. Same-day flower delivery is usually possible, but this flower delivery company obviously cannot promise the best flower delivery in bad weather or other unforeseen situations.
Flowerpetal.com clearly presents some beautiful floral arrangements. However, the website could use attention to make it easier for you to find the best flowers to send to a loved one. Its funeral section is exceptionally good, but other selections are essentially limited to floral arrangements in vases or baskets.