Alanna McMeekin of Personal Touch Florists in Banbridge spoke to the News Letter as she prepared for Valentine’s Day, a busy time of year for florists.
Asked if she thought the restrictions imposed on Northern Ireland over the past two years had dampened people’s romantic notions or fueled them, she replied: ‘If anything, I think that people wanted and needed to share their feelings of love and appreciation even more. Especially when they couldn’t be with their loved ones during the confinement period, giving us the privilege of transmitting their messages of love thanks to contactless deliveries.
She added: “Flowers are the perfect way to convey your feelings to your loved ones on this special occasion. Our customers send flowers to partners, mothers, grandmas and friends to show their love and appreciation. Flowers definitely bring a little life and color in our lives.
The family business has been in Banbridge since 1988, having been started by Alanna’s father.
Alanna said: “Our bestsellers for Valentine’s Day tend to be the aqua-wrapped, hand-tied, ready-to-display bouquets.
“We sell dozens, half dozens and bouquets in mixed colors with roses included – red being the most popular color, but followed closely by white, pink and yellow.”
When asked if she’s had any extravagant or bizarre requests for Valentine’s Day flowers, Alanna said: ‘We’ve sometimes had the request for 100 bouquets of stemmed red roses, often the two and three dozen. bouquets of roses have proven popular, but my favorite must have I included an engagement ring in a bouquet for a bride-to-be…and yes, luckily, it was a happily ever after.
Responding if people are buying flowers for a florist, she said: “If your dad matters, then yes.
“He used to send my sister and me a single red rose to school every year on Valentine’s Day, which was life embarrassing for us.
“To be honest, throughout the year we often see many new and unusual flower varieties and we can’t help but find a home for them, work benefits I guess.”
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