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Flower Etiquette

By Pri Vag

You may be surprised to find out that like the formalities involved in attending a dinner party there is also etiquette involved when sending or receiving a beautiful bouquet.

ROMANTIC SITUATIONS Giving Flowers It is a well known fact that a bunch of beautiful flowers is the perfect way to express your sentiments with a loved one. The only decisions to be made are which flowers the recipient would appreciate the most based on what you know about their favourite colours, smells etc. To gain extra brownie points why not bring flowers for all the females in the house, your partner’s mother, sister, roommate etc. The second bouquet need not be as extravagant but the act of giving in itself will not go unnoticed. Receiving Flowers

If you receive a bouquet prior to a date, place them in a clean vase of fresh water without arranging too much which can be sorted out the next day. IF you have to leave right away you may like to pick a single flower to tie into your hair or a button hole as a gesture of how much you appreciate the gift.

FLOWERS TO THE HOST Giving Flowers It is a lovely way to show your thanks to a host when you are invited over to a dinner party or function to come bearing a bouquet of beautiful blooms. To ensure your gift does not create more work for the host you may like to consider a potted arrangement or to send flowers direct to them the following day with a short thank you note.

Receiving Flowers When receiving flowers in your own home place them in a clean vase with fresh water. You do not need to condition or arrange them until you have some time as it is not polite to leave your guests unattended for too long. Place the vase on display somewhere obvious so the guests can see you appreciate the gift.

Funerals Flowers are a beautiful symbol of love and a special gift to give during sad times. Flowers to the Deceased’s Home When sending flower’s to the deceased’s family ensure you create as little disruption as possible by using a company you know and trust or sending a bouquet already displayed in a vase.

Flowers to the Funeral Be sure that the funeral location receives flowers from outside sources before sending to avoid disruption. When speaking to them you may like to ask what the family have organised in terms of floral arrangements and you can then send an order that compliments their chosen blooms, colours etc.

Flowers to an Individual Flowers are a lovely source of comfort to those that are grieving, if you know them well why not consider sending to them directly.

When not to send Flowers Some families may set a request that directs people to donate money to a chosen charity in place of the gift of flowers. This is more of a suggestion that if you were planning to send them you may consider donating what you would have spent on the bouquets to a cause close to the deceased beliefs. This request should always be honored whether you were choosing to send flowers or not.

Increasingly families take a lot of pride in choosing specific blooms in the floral displays for funerals and the like and may request that you do not send flowers at all so they are in control of how the funeral looks and the atmosphere created as they have envisaged.

For excellent quality flowers in East West South London and East West South London funeral florists and floral design arrangements, please go to Also published at Flower Etiquette.

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Vag, Pri "Flower Etiquette." Flower Etiquette. 26 Aug. 2010. 24 Jul 2014 <>.

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