There are plenty of trendy online flower delivery services we love and highly recommend, not to mention tons of amazing florists. But here's the thing: Flowers are expensive. So despite there being more reliable options, sometimes you'll find yourself on the line with a customer service rep at 1-800-Flowers and paralyzed by indecision: How in the world can I guarantee that they'll make and send a nice-looking arrangement? You might feel the same way if you're ordering flowers from an old-school, brick-and-mortar florist that you haven't worked with before—who is to say you'll like the bouquet they come up with? Well, there's a way to always get what you want: Just ask for the simplest possible arrangement, i.e., one flower type in abundance. Here's a script:
What's the simplest vessel you've got? Repeat after us: A round glass hurricane is a hundred times better looking than a square one—but either will do in a pinch. Steer clear of any specialty vases—read: colorful glassware, kitschy ceramics, or dubious trends like a faux-rustic Mason jar—that they might suggest instead. Let the flowers do the talking.
I'd like just a single flower type—no mixing flowers. You know what always looks good? One kind of flower, all the same color, spilling over the sides of a vase. An all-tulip arrangement will never go out of style, and you might even be able to choose the tulip color (yellow is a classic but purple is pretty incredible). Ask what other flowers they offer for single-variety arrangements: hydrangeas, sunflowers, calla lilies, freesia, and ranunculus all look great in uniform bunches. If you want to upgrade the arrangement, just ask for more of the same: 15 tulips are lovely, but 50 says I really, really love you.
No greenery, please! Just one more variable to remove from the equation. You already said this when you asked for one flower type, but they'll probably try to sneak it in if you don't specify. No matter how well-intended, a few oversized filler leaves will just get in the way of your simplest-is-best arrangement. That's it! Your recipient will be impressed and probably ask where you got them (psst: Send her here!).