Buying the Perfect Bouquet for Valentine’s Day

Just because you don’t know anything about flowers other than roses are red, doesn’t mean you need to forego buying them completely. Flowers are one of those things that will never go out of style and are always appreciated. With so many different florist styles, you are bound to find one that gives off your perfect, romantic vibe. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when talking to your florist:

Bigger is better

A great price for a wrap bouquet is $50. This will get you plump, high quality flowers that are full in size and smell. If $50 is just too much for your budget, get a $30 wrap and a bottle of cheap champagne.

Roses are red

Knowing the favorite color of who you are buying flowers for will help personalize the bouquet.  That does not mean the bouquet needs to be all one color.  Giving your florist a color to start with helps them head in the right direction and develop a palette. Just say NO to dyed flowers. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

He loves me…He loves me not

Be adventurous, venture away from your typical dozen red roses with baby’s breath filler.  If roses are one of her favorite flowers, ask your florist to add a few garden roses to the arrangement. Garden roses are stunningly beautiful, delicate, and the smell is to die for!  Other questions to think about:

  • What is their favorite flower?
  • Is there something that they do not like?

Trust that your florist will make something beautiful, but also unique.

Invest in Foliage

Play with texture. Have your florist play with different foliage; add berries, succulents, or even large air plants to give your bouquet a one of a kind unique look.  Greenery really helps beef up the look of your bouquet and will not eat too much into your budget.

Bless you!

Make sure the person you are buying for is not allergic to flowers. That will not get you where you want to be, come bed time! Something that was meant to be sweet and romantic will turn into red, swollen eyes and non-stop sneezing.

Free flowers for everyone

If you’re lucky enough to live in warm weather states, go shopping in your neighbor’s garden or local parks. Free flowers! Just kidding, please ask your neighbors first. I gave you no permission to do so, but it could be fun.

Frozen flowers isn’t a good look

If it happens to be under 45 degrees outside, wrap your bouquet in a plastic bag. Your florist should supply you with one. If you don’t, your flowers will freeze burn and die before anyone can really enjoy them. The flowers may change color and turn brown or translucent.

The early bird gets the worm

Order your flowers in advance. Getting your order in before the 10th is in your favor, most flowers shops will have a discount for those who order early. They will love you for ordering early and make you a priority.

When in doubt leave it to the professionals and they will take care of you.


Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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