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Valentine’s Day Flowers: Proper Etiquette

If you’re planning on sending flowers to your loved one this Valentine’s Day, there are some rules you need to follow for proper Valentine’s Day flower etiquette. Here is your go-to guide to help you figure out the dos and don’ts of sending flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Who:

First of all, make sure your flowers are wanted. Don’t send flowers to an ex! This is a big mistake. You can send flowers to your current love interest if you know your feelings are more than likely returned, but never send flowers to an ex on the most romantic day of the year. It’s also acceptable to send flowers to your family members, like a single sister, or to your mother or grandmother just to be sweet and show them that you care.

When:

Valentine’s day is a hurried, frenzied rush for florists everywhere. Don’t wait until the last minute to send your flowers. Go ahead and order your flowers ahead of time to guarantee that you get a decent price and that you get good flowers. If you wait until the last minute, you will get stuck with overpriced flowers from the bottom of the barrel that may or may not be delivered on time. If you’re planning on buying them yourself and delivering them on your own, don’t wait until the 14th because everywhere you go will be like Wal-Mart on Black Friday.

What:

Flowers are great to receive and most people would be happy and very appreciative to receive any flowers at all. However, there are some flowers that are better than others. If you know your lover’s favorite flower, then you’re already set, but if you have no clue, then here are some basic guidelines. Go for something colorful, but with a few “big-ticket” items. Roses are expensive, so if you can’t afford to send a dozen, send three with some filler flowers mixed in. Never send only filler flowers by themselves (like carnations, baby’s breath, or any other cheap flower).

Where:

This depends on how comfortable your spouse is with public displays of affection. If he or she is happy to receive flowers at work, then feel free to send them to work where they can look at them all day and feel happy and loved. If your lover is more into private displays of affection, it may be best to buy flowers and bring them home where you can both enjoy them in private. Use your best judgment.

Last Updated: January 14, 2015