Gentlemen, we all know or certainly be aware that there are occasions where our significant others really want us to step our games up and let them (and perhaps some of those around them) that they’re appreciated. I’m specifically speaking of those events where the delivery guy coming into the office, the gym, the restaurant, or anyplace we know they’ll be and delivering the bouquet of flowers on the day we’re supposed to remember. As much as I would like to believe my wife really doesn’t care if on our anniversary or her birthday the guy in polo shirt doesn’t interrupt her staff meeting or parade through the hall with a floral nest and knock loudly on her office door, both causing heads to turn, but deep down I know she does as do all of yours. Moreover, we also are aware that it’s not about being ostentatious but cognizant of what’s important to them, so it’s not about the size but the presentation and this will be your guide to always be sure that when it’s time to deliver you’re on point.
Valentines Day – It’s one of the big 3 along with her birthday and your anniversary that you just can’t drop the ball on, and if you’ve waited until game day to order your flowers you already have one foot in the dog house but fortunately because E-commerce moves at the speed of light you’re not facing 4th down yet. You can still pull up one of the many online flower stores order flowers the same day and still get them there at an hour that doesn’t look like you waited til’ the last minute. Ok, so now you’re half way home just make sure you don’t drop the ball before crossing the goal line, etiquette is still key. If this is your significant other than you can go wrong with red roses, however if this is someone you’re dating, just met, or want to get in the door, then red might be making a bit of a bold statement so perhaps something a little more subtle (see our guide below on colors) perhaps a pink or mixed bouquet will light the fire without sending up warning flairs. One note, if you have been in the relationship for more than a few years and you NEVER have dropped the ball, then send something different than just the plain red roses, perhaps throw some morning glories in there to really brighten things up, moreover, if she works in an office the entire office will wonder where that great fragrance is coming from and draw all the attention to her office/desk/cubicle. This is one of the few days you CAN NOT be too ostentatious so the more attention she gets the better.
Mother’s Day – Needless to say, perhaps the most important person on the planet other than your spouse is someone you don’t want to ‘drop the ball on’, so you time should be invested on choosing a florist that you know will deliver on time. Search here for a few suggestions that will not let you down. For most of us it is more about the thought so you really can’t con wrong on what you choose but a nice impression can be made by sending Mom a bouquet of her favorite color roses, if you know what it is, and that would be making a caring statement in itself if you do. Mother’s Day Roses are an ideal way to show how much appreciation we have for everything that our mothers do.
Weddings – Obviously your own wedding is a momentous occasion that requires elaborate coordination and attention to detail, and flowers are one the most important component of the planning process. With that in mind you want to give careful thought to your wedding flowers, bouquets and floral centerpieces. It is important to remember there are no correct or incorrect floral arrangements for your wedding so select flowers that depict your personality and which adhere to your preference and budget. Although many want to go into the event with the mindset “money can’t be an issue as this is a once in a lifetime event” but you will be shocked how quickly things can spiral out of control if you’re not careful and choosing flowers that are in season will help keep the cost down. Floral arrangements should always consider the bride’s bouquet, floral décor for other members of the wedding party (ie; flower girl(s), bridesmaids, the groomsmen’s corsage, and flowers used around the wedding venue such as centerpieces. Typically flowers are chosen according to the color scheme and/or theme of the wedding.
A friend’s wedding – To be honest this may not be a good idea unless you are unable to attend. Even in that case I might send flowers to the couple a week or so before the wedding, so that they can enjoy them in the time leading up to the wedding, or after they get back from the honeymoon, so that they have something fresh and pretty to decorate their new home. Flowers arriving the day of the wedding, particularly at the event may firstly get lost in the shuffle and never get to the recipients. I mean think about it, do you think they really want to deal with that among everything else going on?
Birthdays – In addition to being a great way to send happy birthday wishes, a bouquet of roses can make a beautiful centerpiece for a birthday party. Sending flowers is a lovely way to show a friend you care about her birthday, but make sure it doesn’t backfire. If you are sending flowers to someone you consider a friend you should take some time to know what they prefer. Before deciding on what kind of flowers to give your friend for her/his birthday, take some time to think which variety to send. If they love to garden, a potted plant is the perfect choice, but if they don’t have a green thumb, go with artificial or cut flowers. Personalize the flowers and their container as much as you can to show your friend that they are in your thoughts.
Thank You – Roses are a time-honored symbol for appreciation, and any rose can be used to say thank you. However, according to traditional rose meanings, a message of gratitude is specifically conveyed by dark pink colored roses.
Get Well – To say get well, or to brighten someone’s day, cheerful and vibrant colors are usually selected. A colorful bouquet of roses can be just the thing to lift someone’s spirits and let them know that they are being thought of.
With Sympathy – For expressing sympathy, soft muted colors are the most appropriate. Soft pink roses are the traditional color of choice to convey a message of sympathy. White roses are often used to represent honor and reverence. Roses have been used for centuries as a way to express our deepest emotions, as more and more new types of roses have been introduced, more complex meanings have been attributed to them but you don’t have to overthink this issue.
Business Associate – Do not send a business associate anything too delicate or too fragrant: You might as well wink and include a date, time, and motel-room key. Calla lilies are safely clean and dynamic, one of nature’s most elegantly efficient products—worthy of Mapplethorpe’s lens, worthy of your VP’s desk. Bright colors are even further from a suggestion of romance. Try red Gerber daisies (deli ones can work, as long as you get enough of them), which imply smiley faces, or anything violet. Yellow is a good office choice, suggesting cheerful industriousness.
First Date(s) – Early courtship should seem innocent even if it is not, so choose the palest tube roses for the first stage of the game. Falling in love, though, surrenders humility and requires a bouquet that is dangerous, exotic, and soulful. The papery blood-red petals, the ebony pistils, and the wily stalk: Chinese poppies are what you send when you are head over heels. An anniversary should be celebrated by a window box of herbs: mint, rosemary, lavender. They will provide for you in daily life, you will nurture them, and they will last. A white rose symbolizes innocence and purity, but may be too much for the courting stage. When mixed with red roses it represents “unity” so that may be a nice touch once there are commitments exchanged.
Thank You Flowers – Thank-you flowers should be personal, well considered, and tied to the greater order of things. A family friend harvested quinces from our tree one autumn, and returned the next to a dinner party bearing a decanter of quince liqueur. In gratitude to a winter host, send a bouquet of pepper-berries, holly, and narcissus; a summer host could receive white peonies and wild-strawberry leaves. When I graduated from college, my literature professor potted a cutting from his night-blooming cereus for me, and I took it into the world.