Viviano recommends using a local company so you can go to their website, call them and they will take your order directly and process your order.

The long-time florist said there is an emotional component to consider when buying flowers. He said you can't discount a delivery by a professional in a uniform showing up at the door versus a Fed Ex delivery of a box.

Viviano's other recommendation is to consider delivering the flowers yourself to your Valentine because of the emotional component. He also said it's a way to save on the delivery fee which is $15

Important Note About Photos

Viviano also said pictures of flowers online are of the absolute peak of the bouquet and they may not look that full when the flowers arrive. He said people should give it two days and let the flowers open up. Viviano told Local 4 if they delivered the flowers at their absolute peak they would be dead in two days

He also wants people to remember flowers are a perishable product that needs to be cared for once they arrive. For his advice on how to do that, click here. (http://www.viviano.com/pages/flowercare.asp)

He said to consider calling a florist instead of ordering online because it's another way to get more information before placing the order including details on specials, which flowers are freshest and the best quality of the flowers for the time of year. The florist taking the order can also give instant feedback about how the bouquet will look and on delivery time.

Viviano also said the florist can help select the appropriate gift. For example, if the bouquet is for a new girlfriend.

Viviano also suggested people consider sending flowers on February 13 instead of Valentine's Day. He said that way the loved one can enjoy the flowers all day on the 14th. Last minute orders might not be received until later in the day. Viviano said they could still take orders on February 13th for delivery on the same day.