A bunch of red roses is a Valentine’s Day classic, but unless the time is taken to shop around, Welsh romantics could be paying prices up to 335% higher than the cheapest bouquet.
Despite the closure of florists across Wales, bouquets are still available for online order or can be purchased from most supermarkets.
Research from leading savings site, VoucherCodes.co.uk, analysed the cost of a bunch of 12 red roses sold online to find the retailer that provides the most bang for your buck.
Of the retailers studied, BloomPost.co.uk offers the cheapest dozen at only £14.95 or £1.25 per single rose. Funky Pigeon follows behind at £19.99 per dozen, equating to £1.67 per stem – but this is still 34% more expensive than the cheapest option.
Next, eflorist, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose all provide bouquets for £25 and under, however this could cost up to 67% more than the cheapest available option.
At the higher end of the scale Interflora sells the most expensive bunch by a staggering distance. A dozen red roses from the retailer will set you back a whopping £48 – that’s 221% more than the cheapest bouquet of those analysed. Online florist Bunches is not far behind at £38 per dozen, costing 154% more than the cheapest bunch available.
Anita Naik, Lifestyle Editor at VoucherCodes.co.uk, commented: “Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to surprise loved ones and let them know how appreciated they are.
“Sending a partner, crush or friend a dozen red roses is a Valentine’s Day classic and is one of the few possible ways to mark the occasion this year with fancy dinner dates being off the cards. However, our research shows that not all bouquets are priced the same, therefore it’s always best to shop around to make sure you are getting the best deal. Planning ahead and ordering early will also ensure you are not paying more than you need to. Before you place your order, check our list to help you make the most of your money.”