When to Send Flowers and When Not to - Etiquettes
Flowers are perhaps the most popular gift all over the world. Flowers appeal to all our senses and brighten up our lives and our hearts. Flowers convey a warm feeling to the recipient. They express the exact sentiment that one might find difficult to convey in words. The main reason for the popularity of flowers is their ability to bring good cheer and convey the right message in their own language.
There are many occasions when flowers are sent to loved ones. Wedding, birthday, Mother's Day, Valentines Day, Easter/Passover, Thanksgiving Day are some such occasions when you send flowers to your friends and relatives. Wedding flowers are both decoration and a tradition. Gifting beautiful flowers alongside a carefully chosen present enhances the beauty of the gift. Moreover, by giving flowers to the newly wed couples, you express your wish for their wedding life to be filled with the same sweet fragrance as that of flowers.
Flowers are also the perfect way to wish happy birthday to a friend or a dear one. On Mother's Day, you can give your mother a gift of beautiful flowers for all that she does throughout the year for you. A flower is also a symbol of love and can be gifted to girlfriend or spouse on Valentines Day or wedding anniversary. It is also a way to say sorry or thank you to your partner. The most romantic flower gift always carries a special significance. Flowers are also a way to express empathy and condolence. Sending appropriate funeral flowers is a show of etiquette and means a lot to the bereaved family.
While there are so many occasions for sending flowers, there are also some occasions when you should not send flowers to someone based on his/her religion or customs. For example, in Muslim community, it is not customary to send flowers to a family on death of a member. The color of the flowers also has its own significance. In Asia and some other countries, the White color symbolizes mournful and unhappy occasions. So never gift white flowers to someone on occasions of happiness while you are in these countries. It is also equally important to present the correct number of flowers as a gift. The appropriate number varies from place to place. In USA, a dozen flowers is customary and just appropriate, while in Europe and some other places, even numbers are considered inappropriate. Number 13 is considered unlucky in almost every part of the world and number 4 is associated with death in some parts of Asia. So never gift flowers to someone in these numbers.