Delivery drivers, florists expect 12+ hour work day for Valentine's Day

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- With Valentine's Day approaching, florists are busy getting arrangements made and shipped out as orders continue to come in.

"It takes a couple months to get ready for [Valentine's Day]," said Shayla Sweeney, who works at Deemer Floral Co. in Bowling Green.

As she designed arrangements to be sent out Wednesday, she said every day of the week leading up to Thursday (the 14th) would be busy.

"It's not easy because you never know what people are going to order, " she added.

Although Sweeney makes it look easy, it's clear, learning the art of floral design takes practice.

"It is a lot harder than people think, it's not just playing with flowers, it's a lot of hard work," she said.

Sweeney said orders are being accepted through Valentine's Day, while their supply of flowers lasts. She estimated the shop has gotten thousands of orders for the holiday.

Sweeney, along with several others, is putting in extra hours to get these orders completed in time for Valentine's Day.

"Probably tonight we'll be here late again just doing orders. Probably until at least 10 p.m. I would think," she said.

Others, like Dewanda Byrd, work as delivery drivers for Deemer Floral. She said she's also adding extra hours to her shifts this week and plans to work around 12 hours on Valentine's Day.

Byrd is one of the ones who get to see people's reactions as she drops off the flowers.

"It's a lot of fun," she said. "My favorite part about it is seeing their eyes light up and be surprised."

She made several deliveries around town on Wednesday, as some people ordered early drop-offs for the holiday.

The shop said orders have been coming in for Valentine's Day since January.

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