Expert tips to help your guy get it right this year.
- The Betty Editors, BettyConfidential.comWhen it comes to flowers, women know what they want - especially on Valentine's Day - big, bright and beautiful. But when faced with a wall of blooms, the men in our lives aren't always so sure what to buy. With so many choices out there, who can blame them for botching a bouquet? Ladies, if you want your man to get it right this holiday, here's a handy checklist of six bouquet-buying tips from experts Eileen Johnson, Direct of Flower School New York, and Michael Gaffney, an instructor at the New York School of Flower Design.
1. Big blooms are key.
The ruling is in: The bigger the bloom, the better - in terms of both the flower's head and the size of the bouquet. For some women, "If it fits in the door, it's not big enough," says Johnson. Gaffney agrees. "For most recipients, big flowers mean big love," he says. "Especially on Valentine's Day, guys should shoot for big showy bouquets that will do the talking for them."
2. Trust tradition (and your instincts).
According to Gaffney, "Nothing says L-O-V-E like assorted pink and red roses." But those aren't the only color - or flower - choices to consider. "After 20 years in retail, I'm convinced women don't care if it's red and white." A mixed bouquet with a bit of red is just as nice, he says, adding that red anthuriums or orchid sprays are also sexy and interesting choices. Also give some thought to her favorite colors, which can be a good starting point. If you're not sure what's best, don't hesitate to ask your florist what's freshest and in season.
3. In-season rules.
Discount, off-season flowers (think daisy pompoms) don't belong anywhere near a Valentine's Day bouquet. "Avoid the big C [carnations] if you want to see her again," Gaffney warns. "But a great mix by a qualified designer can combine a few expensive and not-so-expensive blooms for a big I-Love-You look." Johnson encourages guys that always go the rose route to buy garden-fresh ones from a high-end florist, since they'll have a much more potent scent.
4. Long stems add impact.
According to Gaffney, "It's all about the show!" Look for long-stem flowers, like roses, lilies and orchids, which do wonders to amp up the drama. Plus, they're likely to pack more volume. A Casablanca lily, for example, may carry four to five flowers on one stem, while long stem red roses breed bigger blooms by nature. (Maintenance tip: "On long-stem flowers, the water has to travel farther to reach the blooms; so after a few days, cut some length and let them flourish longer," says Gaffney.)
5. Go with the pros.
Like it or not, where you buy a bouquet does say something about your level of interest, so if she's a keeper guys will be smart to skip the supermarket stand. It's not all about the price, it's about quality, too. As a New York florist explains, flowers from florists tend to last longer thanks to their refrigeration systems. Adds Gaffney, "It's all in the wrap." A great florist will have that bouquet looking good and vase-ready before they wrap it up for you - plastic sleeves not included.
6. Don't forget about scents-ual pleasure.
Bigger isn't always better: "Even if the bouquet is small, as long as it has a lovely natural fragrance, it's perfect for Valentine's Day," says Johnson. "Think how romantic it is to wake up to flowers on a bedside table." And as far as most women are concerned, that's even more true if those blossoms give off a pretty aroma. As Gaffney points out, big scents come from stock flowers, which are usually white, pink, red or lilac in color.
Good luck, and happy shopping, gentlemen!
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