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Mother’s Day is around the corner and it’s one of the busiest times of year for us at Flowers Plus. Everyone is working hard to make sure that we’re ready to send out the best flowers to your Mom in the coming weeks so that her Mother’s Day is a memorable one!

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Mother’s Day is the occasion when all Moms get honored for the support and love they give to their children. Everyone pampers their Mom then with gifts and surprises. The most popular gift is still the traditional bunch of flowers and we have a huge variety of flower bouquets and arrangements that will make your mother’s day.

So, what if you can’t decide which flowers to give? Below are a few different meanings of flowers so you can choose the right one for whatever message you want to send to your Mom.

During the Victorian era it became a trend to give flowers and other gifts. The so often called “language of flowers” came up to create a language for friends, family and lovers to replace words.

Every flower has a different meaning and is right for different occasions. So when you want to express your love for your Mom with more than just words, pick the best fitting type of flowers.

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With red roses you always make the right choice due to their expression of love, respect and courage.

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Chantilly pink roses are a perfect way to say “Thank You Mom”.

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Daffodils are the first flowers that show their beauty and bloom after a cold winter season. With their bright yellow blossoms they look pretty and express faith and honesty and add an extra highlight to your flower bouquet.

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Tulips are a good choice because they represent genuine cosiness and comfort in all of the right ways. So show your Mom that she is your home and thank her for her protection and understanding with lovely colourful tulips.

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Send your Mom wishes of prosperity with lilies.

We hope this information helps find the right flower to show your Mom what she means to you and make her happy on that special day.

Add a yummy chocolate box to sweeten her day and a lovely card where you can express everything flowers couldn’t say. we have both available, just ask when you call (704) 342-4529. And remember to call early for the best delivery options.

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It’s a Spring Fling!

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Spring always seems to go too quickly – the glorious span between the cold and the heat beckons us outside, and inspires us to relax, smile, and breathe the fresh air in deeply. And although the days are fleeting before the summer, we still have time to enjoy the many beautiful aspects of springtime – not the least of which being the lavish late spring flowers. Before the fiery, vivid and bold days of summer take over, spring floral designs showcase the soft and carefree shades of pink that signify spring days.

Flowers Plus would like to present the spring blooms that are perfect for any occasion – or no occasion at all! To celebrate springtime in Charlotte, just add flowers!

While roses are popular all year long, they are so colorful and add a bright spring touch to any arrangement.

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Pink stargazer lilies and roses are the hallmarks of this springtime bouquet. Pure pink and bright red together never looked so elegant.

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The season which encompasses late spring and early summer sees the return of many tropical varieties and designs incorporating them are the perfect transition between seasons. Prepare for the long, relaxing days of summer with a tropical design from Flowers Plus, ideal for adding a vacation vibe to your home.

island-influenced-arrangement-AO2509.425Seasons come and go, but this year make sure to savor the time. Throw open the windows, let the fresh air in,  and fill your home with the late spring flowers that will celebrate springtime in Charlotte. Special occasion or just because, Flowers Plus should be your first call for all things beautiful.

Visit our shop in the lower level of Two Wells Farge Center in Uptown Charlotte

for a selection of wrapped bouquets or redy-to-go arrangements, shop online at

https://www.thecharlotteflorist.com, or call 704-342-4529 to discuss a custom

arrangement.

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International Women’s Day – Celebrating the Women in our Lives

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Each year on March 8th, millions of women across the world unite to honor International Women’s Day – a global event which celebrates the social, economical, cultural and political achievements of women from all walks of life.International Women’s Day dates back to 1908, when 15,000 women from New York City marched to demand voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours.

That led to the first observation of National Women’s Day in the United States on  February 28, 1909. International Women’s Day as we know it today was first celebrated on March 191911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. A couple of years later, the date was moved to March 8th  and remained the same ever since.

Flower giving

Flower giving is one of the traditional ways to recognise the achievements of women on this day. The origins of that tradition in the Western World date back to March 1946 (a year after the end of World War II) when a group of Italian feminists chose the mimosa flower as the symbol of strength, sensibility and sensitivity.

Today Italian women dedicate the whole day to celebrating with each other with meals out and a glass of wine on the Festa della Donna.

Did you know that Russian florists alone sell as many as 150,000 roses on International Women’s Day? So, if you are not in Italy on the March 8th this year, consider a nice bouquet of roses for the important women in your life.

Gender equality

Although women have been campaigning for equal rights and pay on this day for well over 100 years, the gender gap still remains. The World Economic Forum estimates that we need at least another 100 years to reach global equality between men and women.

The gender pay gap is the equivalent of women working for free from November 10th until the end of the year! That shocking statistic affects the lives of many hardworking women across the globe.

International Women’s Day 2019 theme

Ever since it was designated as an annual commemoration by the United Nations in 1975, each year celebrating International Women’s Day has a theme. The campaign theme for this year is #BalanceforBetter which aims to drive gender balance across the world.

Flower giving ideas inspired by International Women’s Day traditions across the world

In many countries, International Women’s Day is the equivalent of Mother’s Day which means that children are encouraged to give flowers and small gifts to their grandmothers and mothers.

  • In Vietnam, it is customary for bosses and co-workers to send flowers to their female colleagues.
  • In Italy, women are given yellow mimosas.
  • In Russia, women are given roses or seasonal flowers such as snowdrops, tulips or daffodils.
  • In some countries, students also give flowers to their female teachers.

At Flowers Plus we are proud to champion this day and offer a range of arrangements, ideal for showing the influential women in your life what they mean to you. Call (704) 342-4529 to discuss a custom arrangement for the special women in your life.

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How To Keep Your Cut Flowers Fresh Longer

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It’s always a pleasure to  receive a bouquet of luscious fresh flowers.

Most cut flowers and roses can last for one week but with so many emotions attached to your fresh flowers, wouldn’t it be good to make them last longer? The good news is, roses can last longer than a week if you properly care for them. Follow these simple tips to extend the life of your Valentine’s Day roses so that they can remain a beautiful sight for days!

How long do cut roses last?

Cut roses typically last up to one week if they’re kept in a cool place and flower food is used as directed. However, you can make them last longer than a week by following additional care tips. This will allow you to properly enjoy your bouquet. The longevity of roses will depend on how long you have them without water, the overall health of the flowers and what variety of roses you receive. We always source the freshest and highest quality flowers possible, so you’re already ahead by ordering from Flowers Plus.

How do I keep my roses from dying or wilting?

Follow these easy tips to prevent your roses from dying and wilting too soon:

Begin with a clean vase

Once you receive your flowers, make sure you have a vase that is completely clean to use. Dirty vases can harbour bacteria, which can cause cut flowers to deteriorate and wilt very quickly.

 A simple way to ensure a bacteria-free vase is to use rinse it with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. This combination can effectively remove any dirt or built-up residue.

Follow these steps to clean your vase:

  1. Fill a medium-sized vase with warm water, then pour a tablespoon of baking soda. If you have a very large vase then it’s recommended that you pour more.
  2. Next, pour in a small amount of white vinegar. This combination will become fizzy, which is what removes any residue from inside the vase.
  3. Rinse with clean water and then wipe the vase clean with a soft cotton cloth.

 Trim the stems of cut flowers

Changing the water of cut flowers roses every alternate day will keep them fresh longer.  However, each time the vase water is changed, the stem of the rose needs to be trimmed by about an inch. It’s important to trim the stem under water at a slight angle. You can either do this in a bucket of cool water or under a running tap. This ensures the xylem capillaries don’t get blocked by microscopic air bubbles, which can impede water and nutrient uptake.

The shorter you cut the stem, the longer it will last. This is because the water has the least distance to travel to the blooms.

Remove the leaves from the stems

When placing your cut flowers in a vase, try to have no leaves submerged in the vase water. As leaves under water start to decay, they harbour bacteria that will hasten the wilting of roses and cut flowers too. This is a simple trick that can increase the life of your flowers.

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Always keep roses in a cool spot

The best place to keep your Valentine’s Day cut roses is in a cool spot of your office or home. Warm temperatures are not ideal because the flowers will overheat and dry up. It’s also a good idea to not keep roses directly under an air-conditioner.

Change the vase water regularly

The simplest way to give cut roses a longer life is by changing the vase water every day. If that’s not possible, try to change it every other day. This will help keep the flowers and the vase, fresh and clean. Stale water in a vase creates perfect conditions for bacteria growth. This will drastically limit the life of cut flowers.

Does aspirin keep flowers fresh?

Yes, it can! Crushing an aspirin tablet into the water of the vase will help keep flowers fresher for longer. Simply place aspirin tablets on a plate and crush them by using the back of a spoon. This will form a powder that you can pour into your vase of roses. The salicylic acid in the aspirin will keep the water clean and free from bacteria.

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Is it better to keep roses fresh in the fridge?

If you’re unable to give your Valentine’s Day roses to your special someone right away, one of the ways you can keep them fresh for a day or so is by placing them in the fridge. This will ensure they keep cool. Here’s the correct way to store roses in the fridge:

  • Place your bouquet of roses into a vase that is filled ¾ of the way with cool water
  • Check the temperature of the fridge and make sure it’s set below 40 degrees F
  • Remove any fruit from the fridge. This is critical because the fruit will release gases that encourage bacteria and may deteriorate the roses.
  • You can keep roses in the fridge for at least 6 hours each night. This will allow enough time for the flowers to absorb the water and stay fresh longer

The big question: How long can roses remain fresh without water?

Cut rose stems can only last a couple of hours if not immediately provided with water after gifting has occurred. If you notice that petals appear limp or begin to wilt, it’s a sign that the flowers need water immediately.

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Give some beauty this Valentine’s Day

Send a beautiful bouquet of fresh roses or other cut flowers to your loved ones and friends and special others and tell them how much they mean to you. Order your flowers by contacting us at (704) 342-4529 or by ordering online at https://www.hecharlotteflorist.com. We can provide almost any special arrangement or plant garden that will delight your recipient.

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Now that the Holiday Decorations are Packed Away, Does Your Home Look Bare?

wonderful-white-bouquet-of-flowers-VA05208.425.jpgThe gifts have all been unwrapped, the candles have been extinguished, the parties are over, and you’ve packed away all of the sparkling decorations.

The house looks so empty and bare.

We have the perfect antidote to that sad feeling of looking around at a cold, empty environment. Fresh flowers and beautiful floral arrangements can improve not only your living or office space’s appearance, abut also provide a soothing, welcoming feel. For instance, here is one of our special winter-themed arrangements that will warm up any environment.rustic-winter-floral-design-VA043118.425.jpg

Flowers have been proven to make people happy and inspire connectivity by two university studies. There honestly is no downside to flowers, except allergies, but even if you have allergies, there is a variety of blooms that are allergy friendly. Check them out here!

Flowers are beautiful and easy to incorporate into any design, wonderfully complimenting any theme chosen by you or your designer. There is a variety of flowers for you to choose from every season in a wide range of colors that opens us up to endless possibilities. And the best thing, Flowers Plus can help you make the right decision when it comes to what’s best to spruce up the area of your choice.

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Are you ready to enhance the look of your home, office or other public spaces? Call us today at (704) 342-4529 or order online here.

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How To Avoid the “Dash-And-Stash” Syndrome

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Gasp!
Most people can relate to feelings of angst when a friend or neighbor stops by without warning and your home is not at all company-ready. Embarrassed, you make your way to the door, tidying as you go, and stand in the doorway shielding the disorganization within. Organizing experts call this phenomenon the dash and stash, when we frantically rush around hiding clutter, hanging up coats, or even strategically placing a plant or floral arrangement, before opening the door. 

“Many people stuff things in the nearest closet at these moments,” says Vicki Norris, organizing expert, author of Restoring Order™ to Your Home, and featured expert on HGTV’s Mission: Organization. “But you still have to deal with the closet later. To turn panic into poise at the doorway, I recommend people strive to keep the most visible spaces of their home organized 24/7. It’s not nearly as hard as it sounds.”

According to Norris, organizing doesn’t have to translate into time-consuming, it’s just a matter of figuring out what systems work best for you and your lifestyle. It boils down to prioritizing projects, finding purpose for each space and personalizing one’s home. Here is Norris’ how-to for the top three most important spaces in which to create inviting, hospitable spaces that are always ready for company – even when you aren’t.

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The Entry Way a.k.a. The Drop Zone 

Because the entry way is the easiest place to drop shoes, coats and handbags, and it is the first space that guests see, the focus in this area is clutter control. Implementing a clutter capture system is the key. People must determine what types of items are dropped here, and then consider the ideal way to manage it.

  • First, to help identify your storage solutions, judge the quantity of each item that lands in the foyer or entryway. Look around. Do you see a handful of coats or an entire closet full? Do you spy a few shoes or a shoe mountain?
  • Second, select and install your storage solutions, whether they are hooks, bins, shelving, benches or other furnishings. Think about your aesthetic preferences. If you simply prefer not to see clutter, perhaps you should purchase a narrow armoire to neatly store your belongings.
  • Third and last, personalize your entryway. Make it yours! Welcome your guests with an inviting display of family photos, a favorite collection, or fresh flowers to suit the season. Having these items on tables actually will prevent future clutter from collecting. Also, a strategically placed floor plant can divert attention from less appealing areas.
  • Find an arrangement for your entry way here.


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The Kitchen a.k.a. The Command Center 

The kitchen naturally and almost effortlessly has a way of accumulating papers, mail and a variety of misplaced possessions. Yet, it happens to be the most popular place in the home to invite guests. According to Norris, the mission here is search and sort.

  • Incoming! Dedicate real estate for daily drop-offs such as mail and newspapers to be sorted into actionable categories.
  • Create a plan of attack, including a reference binder to create a permanent home for take-out menus, coupons, gift certificates and commonly reached-for numbers such as the dry cleaner, your florist, hair stylist and movie theatre.
  • Strategically place a trash, recycle and shred receptacle, essential tools for eliminating junk and keeping the paper from piling up.
  • Create a communication command center by setting aside a place to take and leave messages, and write notes to family. And, use your computer as a tool to manage the household calendar.
  • Get a wreath like the one shown in the photo here.


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The Family Room a.k.a. The Home’s Highway 

This household superhighway is the most trafficked room in the home, and that can lead to roadway rubbish. Norris recommends determining the rooms’ direction, de-littering, and finding homes for nomadic items such as backpacks, toys, magazines and everything in between.

  • Decide upon your family room’s direction. For example, should it be an off-ramp of the kitchen or an entertainment hub where you will gather to play games? Being intentional will help set boundaries for how many uses the room has.
  • Set up a “go-elsewhere” basket, so at the end of each day you can relocate items that don’t belong in the family room to their proper place.
  • Don’t be a litter bug! Keep surfaces such as ottomans and tables clear, so you can put up your feet or pull out a puzzle.
  • Beautify your interior landscape with flowers or a plant to reclaim the space and make it a nice place to spend time in.


“Perfection is unattainable and should never be the goal,” says Norris. “I want people to feel good in their surroundings and when it comes to organizing, one size does not fit all. By clearing out the clutter and reclaiming your space, you create more time for the things that are truly important in your life.”
And how can we maintain our newfound order? There is a simple way for people to inspire themselves to keep public spaces organized says Norris: “Personalize and beautify your space. Placing flowers or a favorite accessory where clutter typically congregates does two things: it brightens the room and prevents future messes from settling there.”


Organize and Beautify

Once the public spaces of your home are sorted out, Norris suggests taking the next step toward a guest-ready home – beautifying.“Organizing is the first critical step to increasing the functionality and enjoyment of your home. After you’ve put in the effort to make better use of your space and establish systems, beautifying your home can be an incentive to maintain your newfound order.”

The following are Norris’ four favorite finishes, along with her organizing advice.

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  • Fab Finish #1: Flowers and Plants
    According to Norris, flowers and plants are two elements of décor that do not actually create new clutter. Not only do they uplift and warm a room, they also prevent clutter from building up, when they are placed on surfaces and tables to avoid accumulation. Finally, Norris suggests sending flower arrangements or potted plants as gifts to help brighten others’ moods and spaces.

  • Fab Finish #2: Family Photos
    Not only are photos of loved ones cherished, but they can be neatly displayed in just about any public area of the home. You can declutter surfaces by arranging frames on the wall instead of propped on tables. Photos give a sense of history, belonging, and fellowship and can brighten any hallway or room.
  • Fab Finish #3: Marvelous Memories
    Nothing personalizes a room better than a collection of family heirlooms. Items such as antique vases, musical instruments, or teacups that have been passed down make great conversation pieces and add personality to any room. The key is to display your collection artfully and with simplicity.
  • Fab Finish #4: Everyday Extraordinary
    Even ordinary items like purses can be organized in a way that maximize access and add beauty to the home. Norris herself displays her own handbag collection on vintage hooks in her closet. Her daily purse contents can then be easily transferred to any purse of her choice to complement the outfit of the day! Norris recommends that as you organize your everyday belongings, you think about those interesting items (like handbags) that you could display for enhanced enjoyment and ease        
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Call our shop at (704) 342-4529 for a personal consultation about which holiday decor will be best for your home. We have everything from tree ornaments to wreaths to poinsettia plants to holiday-themed gifts, along with our spectacular fresh flower arrangements and bouquets.

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Decorating for Halloween with Fresh Flowers

Decorating for Halloween is always a fun idea but it requires so much time and energy. First, numerous hours are spent at the store searching for the right decorations. Then more time is used figuring out where to display the new finds and getting everything set up. Then as soon as the day is over, everything gets put away into boxes and stored until next year.

Who has time for that these days?

Of course you want your home to look festive, but surely there is an easier way.

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That’s why more people are choosing to order fun flower arrangements instead. Ordering a few festive arrangements takes two minutes and they are delivered right to your house!

You can choose fall themed arrangements, Halloween themed arrangements, or go with colors that match your current home decor. A festive arrangement makes the perfect centerpiece for a kitchen or dining room table. Order multiple arrangements and display them on your mantle, coffee table, decorative shelves and kitchen counters.

Flower arrangements are quick, easy, and bring the fun of Halloween to your home!

Don’t put yourself through the time-consuming task of decorating your home for Halloween. Call us at (704) 342-4529. We are experts at design and can create exactly what you are looking for.

When spooky frights and ghastly sights have your head all in a spin over Halloween decorations, put your mind at ease with these great decorating tips!

  • Quirky jack-o-lanterns become the life of the party when used as a creative vase for fresh fall flowers. This idea is also great for pumpkin decorating parties, Halloween party ideas, or for fun daytime autumn decor without hassle. Another great perk is that flowers are much safer for children than candles. Stop in to our shop for daily specials on bouquets full of seasonal colors.
  • Pumpkins, gourds, and squash come in a variety of colors making them perfect for lining along a walkway, adorning a stairway, decorating a mantlepiece, or as festive minis inside colorful fall flower centerpieces and arrangementspumpkin-gathering-autumn-arrangement-AO1509.167.jpg
  • Whisper a sweet hello to candy corn! The sugary confection is always one of the first signs that fall has arrived. Small containers or glasses filled with candy corn make excellent placecard holders for Halloween parties. When sending flowers for Halloween, ask us  fsn-windy-autumn-day-bouquet-169.167.jpgto attach a small bag of candy corn to the arrangement with orange and black ribbon. Sending a gift basket? Don’t forget this unforgettable item!
  • Christmas has mistletoe; Halloween has mums. Another way to decorate for your Halloween party is by carefully placing potted chrysanthemum blooming plants around the home and garden. Chrysanthemums are easily decorated with small plastic spiders and scary toys. When lining walkways or adding color to a porch, mums scream “frighteningly fun” — and isn’t that what you’re going for?

Call us today at (704) 342-4529 for more ideas for custom arrangements specifically designed to complement your decor, or order online here.

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Holiday Decorating with Fresh Flowers

The holiday season is one of the most cheerful times of year, and what better way to get in the mood of the holidays than with fresh flowers? There is nothing like the scent of flowers and other holiday plants, and their essences and aromas can do a lot to lift our spirits. The holiday season can get busy for many people and with all the shopping, decorating and preparation, and stress can creep in during what should be a season of cheer. Fill your home with floral arrangements and bouquets this month and let their natural presence and soothing smells waft through your home.thanksgiving-unity-centerpiece2.425.jpgFor your Fall family gatherings, at Thanksgiving or just everyday meals, a centerpiece of beautiful fresh flowers in the colors of the season can make everyone feel welcome and at ease. Candles can be real or everlasting, and either variety will help create a festive ambience.

There is nothing better than coming home at the end of a hectic day and walking into a room filled with red roses, red and white carnations or huge blooming poinsettias. Flowers act as beautiful reminders of what the holiday season is all about. If you have children at home, holiday time is perfect to teach them about the benefit of enjoying plants and fresh flowers.

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Holiday flowers also make festive gifts and a perfect way to spread cheer into the lives of those you love. Have a new neighbor this year? Why not welcome them to the neighborhood with a gorgeous holiday floral arrangement. Maybe you’ll be heading to a get-together of family or friends at another person’s home. Bring a festive floral setting to spread the smells and colors of the season.

Think outside the box when it comes to fresh flowers and how you can add them around the house to enhance your holiday decor. Guests will be thrilled to see fresh autumn colors or red and white flowers in your powder room, displayed in your family room, or even dressing up your kitchen counters.

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Fresh flowers in your office can help spread goodwill to everyone who enters. Arrangements can be festive but not religious, so everyone can enjoy them.

Flowers have a magical way of enhancing your holiday joy, and can be just the finishing touch you need to complete your decor. Check out our seasonal arrangements online now, or give us a call today to select the perfect option for you.

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Funeral Service and Sympathy Flowers

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Funeral Service and Sympathy Flowers

We have recently seen the importance of traditional gestures to honor the deceased and flowers sent to the funeral home serve as a tribute at the service of the deceased. They add decoration, beauty, fragrance, and life to a somber event. They are symbolic not only of love and sympathy, but also of eternity and immortality. Throughout the world, funeral flowers have played an important role in funeral customs because of their fragrant beauty and comforting qualities. In ancient times, tradition called for loved ones to use flowers and herbs to anoint the bodies of the deceased, while aromatic flowers and plants were used to decorate the burial site. Today, flowers remain one of the most beautiful ways to express our condolences when words fail us. Need help getting started? Shop our Funeral Collection or read on for more helpful information.

What’s the difference between “funeral flowers” and “sympathy flowers”?

Bittersweet Evening Funeral FlowersFlowers for the funeral service go directly to the funeral home. These floral arrangements are often large and formal. like the featured image at the beginning of this post. They provide decoration and serve as a tribute to the deceased. Due to this, they look best in a funeral home and at graveside services. Funeral flowers are usually not addressed to a particular loved one of the deceased but are intended, instead, as a way to pay respect to the deceased themselves.

Sympathy flowers go to the home of the deceased. They should be addressed and sent directly to a loved one of the deceased (family member, friend, acquainLOVING EXPRESSION Sympathy Arrangementtance or business associate) who has suffered a recent loss. They are usually smaller or mid-sized floral arrangements that look good on end tables or used as centerpieces. Plants also make a great sympathy choice because they provide a lasting reminder of your thoughtfulness and serve as a keepsake in memory of the recipient’s loved one.

Is it appropriate to send flowers for the casket?

The tradition of adorning the casket with RADIANT MEDLEY CASKET SPRAY Funeral Flowersfresh flowers is typically reserved for the closest family members, often the deceased’s children or those making the funeral arrangements. For that reason, it’s recommended that you inquire with the family before ordering a gift of flowers for the casket.

I just heard the sad news…
is it too late to send funeral flowers?

Expressive Blooms ArrangementNo matter when you hear the sad news, sending flowers is always appropriate. If you still have time, you can choose to send a flower arrangement to the funeral service, or if you already missed the funeral, then you could send a plant, food basket or sympathy flowers to the home of the surviving family members.

Are there certain types of flowers that are not appropriate for sending to a funeral service?

Every flower, when tastefully arranged, is appropriate for expressing condolences. Designs that are going to a memorial or funeral service usually have larger flowers to create dramatic tributes. These might include gladioli, snapdragons, lilies, standard chrysanthemums, carnations and roses. Small-scale flowers in mid- to small-size designs are usually used for sending to the home. Only family members who are arranging the funeral should order flowers for the casket.

The obituary says “In lieu of funeral flowers,” but I still would like to send flowers – is this appropriate?

As part of making funeral arrangements, family members sometimes request a charitable donation is made “in lieu of flowers”. We think you should make the contribution; however, it is also acceptable if you decide you would also like to send flowers to the funeral service. Your donation will honor the family request and the flowers will add beauty, fragrance and life to a somber event.

I’d like to send a colorful, less somber arrangement that celebrates life.

A funeral service is as much about gaining closure following a death as it is about celebrating the delight and energy the deceased brought to life. For that reason, selecting vibrant, colorful, and bright funeral flowers are just as appropriate and can add a joyful note of remembrance to an otherwise somber occasion.

I am not certain where the service is being held. Can the florist help me?

Don’t worry, if you have the name of the deceased and the funeral home, we normally have the local obituaries to check them. You can trust Flowers Plus to take good care of your order and get your arrangement to the funeral on time. Also, it is possible that we may have multiple orders for the same funeral, so we will be aware of any theme or color scheme preferred, and know the local customs.

I don’t know what to send to a funeral that is out-of-town or overseas

If you are sending flowers to a service that is out-of-town, ask us to fill it “according to local customs.” Then we will send the style of design that is best suited for the service. There are many types of services, from traditional funerals to memorial services. It’s appropriate to buy and send funeral flowers to any of these services.

I am unsure on what to say and how to sign the card.

Most enclosure cards are pre-printed with messages like “Deepest sympathy” or “With love and sympathy.” All you need to do is sign your name. You should use your first and last name to avoid confusion for the family. If there are a group of names, you should spell each one for the person taking the order to make sure we have the correct information. Also, take a look at our suggestions below:

  • Please accept these flowers and hear the words we are not able to speak
  • With my deepest sympathy
  • You are in my thoughts and prayers
  • With love to you and your family
  • In loving memory
  • With heartfelt condolences
  • My thoughts are with you at your time of need
  • I want you to know that I am here for you at this time of grieving
  • Thinking of you in these difficult times
  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you
  • Our deepest sympathies during your time of loss. Please know that we are here for you.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss.
  • In loving memory of [NAME], [HE/SHE] will be missed dearly.
  • Please accept our condolences on the loss of your [MOTHER/FATHER/OTHER RELATION].
  • Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. From all your friends at [BUSINESS NAME]
  • [NAME] will always be in our hearts and memories. With sympathy, The [YOUR LAST NAME] Family

I’d like to send flowers to the memorial that can also be enjoyed at the viewing and church service.

For multiple day services, it’s best to send flowers that will be designed in a container with water or floral foam. This will keep the flowers fresh for the longest possible time. Design styles include vase arrangements, baskets, and container designs. Plants are also an excellent choice, as they can be enjoyed in the home long after the services are over. Browse our Funeral Bouquet Collection for ideas.

If you have any other questions, please call us at (704) 342-4529. Our experts at Flowers Plus have “seen it all” and will be happy to help you choose the perfect funeral or sympathy flowers.

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Planning Your Wedding and the Flowers to Make It Perfect!

Planning a Wedding can be overwhelming, with all of the details and decisions looming! Flowers are an important element to any Wedding and here are some time line tips to keep you on track and the stress away!

10-12 Months Before Your Wedding

Research Wedding floral information online and in print. Accumulate and develop visual ideas such as, images of flowers, color palettes, designs and themes that you are drawn to. It’s also helpful to make note of the things that you do not like. Check out our portfolio (http://www.flowersplusonline/portfolio) to see some creating we have made for other weddings and occasions. Each wedding is custom designed, so your will be unique to you, but the portfolio can give you some ideas to start. Develop Wedding boards on Pinterest and catalog your preferences. You can also privatize your Pinterest boards if that is a priority for you.

8-10 Months Before Your Wedding

Determine your Floral Budget. This is often the most neglected item for couples because they just don’t have experience with wedding related items and their costs. Research shows that Floral Budgets on average are 10% of your total Wedding Budget.

A $30,000 Wedding should allow minimum of $3,000 for Floral Budget. Expect that figure to slide up the scale if flowers will be one of the main attractions at your Wedding.

Round up your Bridal Party and choose their colors and dresses for the Wedding. This is key for floral choices and most Florists will require this information as it drives the color palette and style of your Wedding.

4-8 Months Before Your Wedding

Schedule your consultation with us. We do not charge for an approximate 1-hour consultation. Please call (704) 575-0394 to book an appointment. Download and fill out this form in advance of your appointment with all of the information you have at this time. It will help us give you the best service and value for your wedding flowers. Don’t expect to be handed a price list or an estimate on the spot. Allow us up to a week to get back to you with their proposal, it takes time to consider and develop creative ideas for your wedding flowers.

Be prepared for your consultation with a wish list of all the areas you would like decorated at your ceremony and reception sites with flowers. Also list the Bridal Party, Men, Women, children who will need bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, etc. as well as your estimated budget. We will consider your budget and your wish list to make creative recommendations for beautiful floral options.

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