Flower bouquets make a gorgeous addition to your home decor or a thoughtful gift for any occasion. Whether you want to make a good impression on a first date or add color and tradition to your wedding, flowers are the way to go. You can pick up a small, inexpensive bouquet at the market or go all out and spend hundreds on imported blooms. No matter your budget or intention, you can pick up a bouquet of flowers to suit any taste or wallet. Use these handy tips to make the most of your purchase.
- If you're planning to purchase a large quantity of flower bouquets for a wedding or party, seek the advice and purchasing power of a floral designer. This professional can counsel you on what types of arrangements will work with your decorating plans, and sometimes provide discounts on bulk flower purchases.
- Seasonal flowers are usually less expensive than flowers that are out of season. Any flowers that have to be grown under special conditions, are imported, or are considered rare will be pricey.
- Choose flower bouquets that look fresh, have sturdy stems, and are not overwhelmed with greenery so that the flowers are overshadowed. Make sure that your bouquet is wrapped to prevent damage, and ask for fresh flower food packets to add to the water if they are not provided.
- Flowers can be ordered online, but this sort of purchase can be risky. You won't know the quality of the flower bouquet until it is delivered to your recipient, and if the flowers aren't up to snuff, it's already too late. If you decide to purchase flowers online, try to stick with established companies and look for customer feedback at other consumer sites.
- Always consider the recipient when choosing flower bouquets. Does he or she have a favorite color, flower or scent? Do they have any allergies to certain flowers or plants? Every birth month has a specific flower associated with it, so these flowers would be a nice touch to add to a bouquet.
- If you buy a bouquet of flowers and won't be giving them away for several hours yet, keep them fresh by storing the bouquet in the refrigerator with a wet cloth or paper towel wrapped around the stem ends.
- To display fresh flower bouquets, cut about an inch from the bottom of each stem on a diagonal. Add some flower food to lukewarm water in the vase. Strip any leaves that will sit below the water line from the flowers, and arrange in the vase. Remove any dead or dying blooms from the bouquet as time goes by.