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Flower Giving Etiquette: Deciphering the Dilemma

Giving flowers to another is a fantastic way to congratulate on a job well done, express sympathy, send well-wishes, or say I’m sorry. For centuries, the special language behind flowers have allowed people to communicate without saying a word.

Before sending a meaningful bouquet to someone, it is very important to know a little flower-giving etiquette in order to avoid potential embarrassment or worse. Here are some helpful tips on how to decipher your message and choose the appropriate floral arrangement for you friend or loved one.

According to the Society of American Florists, the national trade association for the floral industry, five of the most common reasons people send flowers are to say thank you, I'm sorry, congratulations, get well and express sympathy.

Thank You

Select from our "Thank You" category at www.bloomstoday.com or ask a friendly floral representative at Blooms Today for an arrangement conveying a casual, hand-picked feeling, to say thank you with a very personal touch. In addition to a beautiful statement of thanks, the note card can say everything that is too hard to say in person.

I'm Sorry

Flowers are the traditional gift to get out of the doghouse because they easily make the statement, "I was wrong." To apologize with sincerity, select a nostalgic arrangement, using a blend of delicate warm and cool lavenders and pinks. Having opened the door to forgiveness, follow the delivery up with a phone call.

Congratulations

A bouquet of bold, contrasting colors is a fun-loving, playful way to say "Congratulations," "Welcome home," or "Great job." You can even get creative with the container. For example, if a friend just got a new job, request that the bouquet be put in a fun pencil holder or something that represents the occasion.

Sympathy

It's never easy comforting someone who has lost a loved one, but flowers can say what is often difficult to express in words. Flowers are usually sent to the funeral home to provide warmth and beauty to the service. To see arrangements that would be appropriate for funeral services, visit the Sympathy-Funeral collection at Blooms Today.

Get Well

Choose a serene color scheme of light shades of cool hues or a cheerful assortment of colors such as yellows, reds, pinks, purples, and more to let someone who is ill know you're thinking of them. When sending flowers to a hospital, it's helpful to have the name of the hospital, the patient's name and room number ready when placing your order. It's also good to know the hospital's flower policy.