Sending Flowers on Special Occasions
Flowers make a great gift idea for almost any special occasions. There are other occasions where giving flowers is a tradition. This article provides advice and tips for sending flowers online to Australia and around the world.
Sending Flowers Overseas
Flowers can be easily sent to almost any country around the world. Using the internet, flowers can be ordered through a local online florist shop or online relay florist. Flowers can be purchased and paid for with credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard. Some online shops also accept payment through PayPal.
When purchasing flowers to be delivered to another country, take into considerations such as time zone differences. Sometimes, same day delivery may not be possible due to time zones. Some relay florists only offer next day delivery. When possible, place your order well in advance. For occasions such as birthday flowers or flowers for an anniversary, place your order a week in advance - don't leave it till the last moment. For occasions such as births and deaths (flowers delivered to hospitals and funerals), flowers can also be sent to the family home.
When sending flowers overseas for short notice occasions such as funerals, the family will understand if flowers arrive late, after the funeral to the family home address.
Florist Works, for example, can send flowers to the following countries using local florists to deliver flowers:
Flowers can also be sent through relay florists such as Teleflora and Interflora.
Choosing Flowers for an Occasion
choosing which flowers to send is made easy with flower arrangements and floral bouquets listed in pre-defined categories such as "Birthday Flowers", "New Born Baby Flowers", "Romantic Flowers" and "Funeral Flowers".
Also take into account the occasion and the recipients likes, dislikes, preferences and personality. For example, if sending flowers to a love interest, roses are a traditional romantic flower. If you know your lovers favourites colour, such as pink, select pink roses. If your relationship is hot and passionate, hot pink, deep purple or red roses may be the order of the day. If the recipient likes to display flowers in a vase, select a bouquet of flowers. If sending flowers to a workplace, an arrangement may be more convenient, as an arrangement usually contains its own water supply.
If you are unsure what flowers to send, look through the general purpose categories such as "Flowers for all Occasions" or "Just Because Flowers". Flowers are mostly sent to cheer someone up, to surprise them, to thank them or congratulate them - happy occasions, so select bright flowers with plenty of colour. Even "Get Well Flowers" can be cheerful and full of colour.
Wen sending flowers for "New Born Baby", pink for baby girls and light blue for a baby boy is traditional in most cultures. If light blue colours are unavailable or out of season, consider including light blue coloured balloons or soft toys with flowers. If sending flowers in advance, and unsure of the babies gender, pastel colours are acceptable.
Funeral flowers are specific and specialised in their arrangement by tradition. Funeral wreaths, casket sprays and sheaf's are funerals only. Don't send funerals flowers as a birthday or "Get Well"gift, unless you know the recipient has a very good sense of humour.
Sending Flowers for a Celebration
Flowers for occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, weddings, graduation, work promotion, etc are a common and accepted way to acknowledge the event. Sending flowers is an easy way to send a gift and a short message to celebrate the occasion.
When sending flowers for a given date, we highly recommend placing the order at least 1 day in advance. Most florists do offer same day flower delivery, placing your order in advance will give the florist the opportunity to ensure the flowers are available, the arrangement is made on time and delivered on time. By placing your order in advance, you give yourself time to find another florist in the unlikely event the original florist cannot supply or deliver the flowers.
Popular Flower Sending Occasions
The most popular times to send flowers is Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.
Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14 each year. Sending flowers on Valentine's Day is a tradition going back back to the High Middle Ages of Geoffrey Chaucer when courtly love flourished. For more information about Mother's Day, see below "Sending Flowers for a Romantic Occasion".
Mother's Day is traditional celebrated on the Second Sunday of May in most countries (Fourth Sunday in Lent in England and throughout the United Kingdom). Mother's Day is a time that we all stop to think about the hard work, dedication and love that our mothers have given us over the years. Mother's Day is a time to say thank you for everything and show our appreciation beloved mothers.
Other popular occasions for sending flowers include the main gift giving occasions such as Christmas, New Year, Easter and Thanks Giving.
During these occasions, florists are usually overwhelmed with orders for flowers to be delivered. Many florists even limit the orders they take to ensure flowers can be arranged and delivered on time. When ordering flowers for popular occasions, ensure your order is placed well in advance. This gives the florist plenty of time to ensure flowers and related products are ordered and available for the occasion. Leaving this to the last minute can result in the florist declining to accept the order or limiting your range of available flowers from a florist.
Flowers to Say Thank You
Flowers make a great way to say thank you. As a "Thank You" gift, flowers are easy to send, can be delivered almost anywhere worldwide and can include a brief message on a card.
When selecting an arrangement or bouquet of flowers to say "Thank You" consider the recipients favourite flowers and colours. If you are unsure, select flowers that are bright and colourful - you can't go wrong with cheerful flowers.
Sending Flowers for a Romantic Occasion
While red roses are the traditional flower for lovers and romantics, any coloured rose is acceptable can be used. Mixed roses also make a colourful and beautiful bouquet as a romantic gift.
Traditional Red Roses
Hot Pink Roses
Light Pink Roses
As a romantic gift, long stem roses are sent as a dozen (12 roses) or two dozen (24 roses). If you want to make a high impact presentation, roses can be delivered in multiple dozens. For a more subtle approach, you can send a single red rose. If unsure, talk directly with your florist - all florists are happy to talk and advise you on a creative romantic gift of flowers.
Romantic flowers can be delivered almost anywhere, including residential homes and the recipients workplace. When sending flowers, take into consideration where the recipient works, what time the flowers will be delivered and if the recipient will be available to receive the flowers.
When sending flowers for Valentine's Day, ensure you place your order in advance. We suggest placing your order one to two weeks before Valentine's Day. This will ensure the florist has received your order, allocated flowers for your order and logistics to have your flowers delivered. As this is one of the busiest days for florists, do not leave this for the last minute, or you may need to buy flowers to say "I'm Sorry" - see below.
Flowers to Say I'm Sorry
What better way to say "I'm Sorry" than with flowers. If you are unsure which flowers to select, find an arrangement from a general category such as "Just Because" or "All Occasions". Perhaps add a box of chocolates with the flowers.
Sending Flowers to a Hospital
Flowers can be sent to all hospitals in Australia and hospital around the world. Some of the larger hospitals even have in house florist shops.
Flowers can be sent to hospital patients as a "Get Well" gift and the mothers of "New Born Babies". Flowers delivered to hospital patients should be bright and colourful to help cheer them up and to add colour to the room.
When selecting flowers to be delivered to a hospital, consider the
Sending Flowers to a Funeral
Funeral flowers are specific types of floral arrangements suitable only for funerals. The shape and design of funeral flowers come from customs dating hundreds, even thousands of years old. While these flowers and designs are traditional, any flower arrangement is suitable for a funeral. Funeral flowers can be arranged to suit the preference and personality of the deceased, such as favourite colours, flowers, etc.
|Examples of Traditional Funeral Flowers, Wreaths and Sheaf's
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