Whether you’ve been with your partner for two weeks or 20 years, Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that can trip you up in any number of ways. You’re looking at putting some serious cash down on flowers, especially since the traditional choices are more expensive at this time of year.
You wouldn’t think that something as simple as picking out flowers could be so complicated, but there are a few things to take into consideration. How long have you two been together? What kind of gal is she? And, of course, there’s this: How much do you want to shell out?
Should You Buy Roses?
Roses are the traditional selection, and you’re practically guaranteed to find them, even at the last minute. However, this safe choice comes with a few downsides. The first is that roses get expensive around Valentine’s Day because demand drives up the prices, so you might have a hard time stomaching the cost. Second thing to consider is that some girls are not going to appreciate you taking the easy way out. If you must do roses, at least go for a color other than red. This also works if you don’t want a girl you just started dating to think you’re going too fast. Red roses send strong signals, but yellow or white roses come across in a different way.
Mix Things Up
You aren’t limited to roses for your Valentine’s Day gift, of course. One of the best options is simply to get your girl her favorite flowers. This indicates that you actually remember what type she prefers and you want her to have her favorite. If she doesn’t have a favorite, then at least choose flowers in her favorite color. Tulips and carnations come in a variety of colors, and come off as romantic without being over-the-top. Flowers have meaning, and some with connotations of romance and love include forget-me-nots, honeysuckle, red camellia, ambrosia and daisies.
Next you have to navigate getting a good flower arrangement. The florist has a dizzying array of arrangements, with many types of vases, bouquet fillers and accompanying gifts. In most cases, simple is better, especially as she probably won’t care much about any of the additions in the vase, anyway.
Declare Your Love (or Like)
Finally, there’s the heartfelt message that goes with the flowers. You don’t want to stick with any default cards you’ve gone through all of the trouble to pick the perfect flower, so don’t slack off on the note. A brief, handwritten message that conveys exactly how you feel, whether it’s the depth of your undying love or the excitement of this new possibility, works best.
Valentine’s Day can be quite tricky, but there’s no reason for the flowers to be the hard part.