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What Flowers To Send For Different Occasions: Part One

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

Sending a bouquet of flowers from someone can send a lot of messages, depending on the circumstances. And while it is pretty hard to offend someone with flowers (and we sure don’t want to give you a complex about whether you are sending “the right” floral arrangement, it can be fun to talk about what flowers fit best for different occasions. The best bouquet is going to be whichever one you end up sending, and you absolutely do not have to overthink your choice. But for those who want a little extra direction, let’s talk occasions.

Get Well

Sending flowers when someone is ill or recovering from surgery or injury is a common way to let your loved ones know you are thinking about them and cheering them on, especially now when we have to do so from a safe distance. Flowers that are bright and happy are a great idea. Consider daisies and yellow roses (like in our Be Happy Bouquet).

Teleflora's Be Happy Bouquet

If the person has allergies or is suffering from a respiratory issue (or is in the hospital where they might share space with someone for whom these are issues), pick something with low pollen. Avoid flowers such as: orchids, lilies, sunflowers, and baby’s breath. Instead, opt for flowers like: daisies, hydrangeas, irises, roses, and carnations. (Our Hugs and Kisses Bouquet with Red Roses would be a great pick).


Often, these are the floral arrangement choices that can feel the most stressful. You can stick to simple all-white bouquets that convey a more somber but loving tone - lilies, white roses, orchids and irises are popular flowers. Our White Memories Arrangement is always a beautiful choice, especially if the flowers will be delievered to the funeral home or any kind of service the family has planned.

But you don’t have to stick with white. Muted colours and soft textures that evoke feelings of comfort are a perfect fit. You might also want to feature a flower (or colour) that the person loved. You can even choose something bright and joyful to celebrate the person’s life, and bring a bit of cheer to those in mourning.

Bigger doesn’t always mean better as well. Sometimes, simple can send the perfect message of sympathy and care.

New Baby

It’s hard in these days of COVID-19 to be together to celebrate new births. Sending flowers is a nice way to make sure the new family knows you are thinking about them and celebrating from afar.

Things are probably pretty busy in the new baby’s home, so something that requires little maintenance is a great bet. Sunflowers are bright and cheerful and can survive a few days of neglect. Carnationsand alstroemeria are both champs when it comes to being long-lasting. Iris' are delicate, cheerful, and call to mind spring, making them perfect to celebrate this new life. Or you might want to send something fragrant, likes roses or lilies to help cover up any…smells. Or you can forego flowers altogether and send something like our Yellow Comfort Baby Basket, which has helpful things like diapers and a baby blanket inside of it.

Yellow Comfort Baby Basket

Bouquets are generally always a welcome gift. But with a little extra thought, you can send something really special. Next week, we’ll talk about what to send for Mother’s/Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and anniversaries!

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