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What you need to know about Flower Delivery in Singapore

March 22, 2017
A Better Florist | Flower Delivery in Singapore

The renewed interest in the flower industry and online florists has made buying flowers easy and accessible. You can click on blooms and avail of free flower delivery in a matter of minutes from the comfort of your home or office. If it’s your first time to purchase flowers online, here’s a rundown of reminders to ensure a quick and painless transaction.

Flower selection

First thing’s first: What kind of flowers are you looking for? Who is the recipient? What kind of message do you wish to convey?

Before shelling out your bread for buds, work out the details of the floral gift. Flower selection is tied to the occasion. Roses are for romance, chrysanthemums for friends and daisies are for recuperation. Knowing the recipient’s preferences are also significant to the purchase, especially if the recipient has flower allergies. Or perhaps you just want a good bargain for your home’s floral requirements or for the centrepieces at your event. Whatever the case, make sure you have the details down before you proceed to the checkout page.

Flower delivery options

Once you’ve selected the perfect bouquet, there’s the matter of putting in the details of the flower delivery. Here’s where complications usually arise. To avoid miscommunication, be as specific as possible. Here are some helpful tips to consider for various types of delivery address.

Residential address

A residential or home address is relatively easy, just plug in the exact address, helpful landmarks, name of the recipient and ideal times for delivery. The time you put in basically lets the florist know that there’s someone who would receive the delivery. Otherwise, put in a note if it’s okay to leave the delivery on your doorstep or entrust it to your neighbour. Usually, the package is sent back to the office when no one’s on location to receive the delivery. This could cost you addition money and effort to retrieve or have it delivered again. In which case, the whole point of a fuss-free online transaction becomes pointless.

For condominiums and HDBs, in addition to the crucial details discussed above, it would be helpful to give the guard or receptionist a heads up that you are expecting a delivery. For extra strict buildings and establishments, you can even give them the name of the florist to reduce back and forth communications between you, the receptionist and the delivery person. Either let the receptionist know that you’re expecting a delivery from so-and-so florist and have them sent up to your unit or leave a note on the checkout page that the package would be received by the receptionist or guard. Naturally, if you opt for the latter, give the guard or receptionist the heads up.

Hospitals and commercial establishments

For public or commercial establishments like offices, schools or hotels informing the guard/receptionist about the flower delivery is helpful. While it is standard procedure for them to call up to your office or room before they’re cleared to proceed, it would at least expedite the process. Give your name and unit/room number. The guard would also be able to properly guide the delivery person to the right location. Time of delivery is crucial for public and commercial establishments because of the specified working hours, so make sure you indicate the window hours for delivery.

Finally, for flower delivery to hospitals, we recommend that you call the hospital or the ward first in case they don’t allow deliveries on patients’ rooms. Certain flowers can also aggravate certain conditions especially if the person is prone to allergies. In such cases, you may want to send hypoallergenic blooms or unscented flowers.

Purchasing flowers does not need to be daunting, in fact, it has never been easy. All you need is a little know-how and good connectivity to get those flowers delivered in a snap.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Flower Selection

March 15, 2017
Beginner's Guide to Flower Selection

Gifting flowers is a sweet and classic move towards letting someone know that you care. While buying flowers may be quite cumbersome before, online florists has made the process easy breezy these days. You can buy flowers and have them delivered in a matter of minutes within the comfort of your home.

So you’re thinking about giving flowers to your loved one and you don’t know where to start. Don’t fret, we have the perfect guide to help you throughout this whole process.

Consider the basics

First, you need to deal with the basic details.

Who’s the recipient? The types of flowers you send to your mother or a boss is different from a bouquet for your significant other. Red flowers may be romantic for your romantic partner but wildly inappropriate for a boss. Below is a basic guide on flower meanings to help you out. Of course, if you know the recipient’s favourite blooms, you’re already on the right track. It’s also helpful to find out if the recipient has allergies, so you can avoid certain flower choices. Check out this list of allergy-prone flowers to avoid.

What’s the occasion? Is it for Mother’s Day? Valentine’s Day? Or maybe there’s no special occasion and you just want to express your appreciation. Occasions can dictate not only the type of flowers you send, but also the floral arrangements for your bouquet.

Do you have a budget? Another detail to consider is your budget. If nothing else, this can narrow down your flower selection based on your price range.

Flower customs

Another key factor to consider are the customs of certain cultures. In order to avoid unintentionally offending your recipient, be aware of the basic dos and don’ts especially in a multi-cultural environment such as Singapore.

For example, the Chinese culture associate the lotus flower with wellness and purity. The lotus symbol appears quite a lot in their arts as well as religion. It is also in Chinese tradition to send flowers as gifts for unpleasant occasions. In particular, yellow chrysanthemums and white flowers are considered funereal flowers symbolising death. Alternatively, red flowers are considered auspicious, while poenies and orchids are associated with prosperity and luck, respectively.

Flower meanings

Below are some of the most popular flowers in Singapore along with their meanings:

Roses symbolise love and passion. This makes roses a staple during Valentine’s Day and anniversaries. They figure quite heavily in arts and poetry as metaphors for beauty and desire. While a red rose says “I love you,” white roses evokes loyalty and pure love. Other shades, such as pink, can convey admiration and blossoming love.

Orchids is growing in popularity because they are not only elegant, they’re also fairly low maintenance. They’re symbols for beauty and sophistication. Their exotic appeal articulates a sender’s admiration and romantic inclinations. It also illustrates the sender’s unique and refined taste.

Tulips is another favourite for romantic gestures. They represent perfect love and commitment. This sophisticated flower also exemplify elegance and grace.

Iris can be perfect for any occasion. Generally, they represent hope and devotion. Depending on colour, you can send purple irises for wisdom, yellow for passion, blue for faith and white for purity.

Chrysanthemums are great for friendly affection. This “golden flower” is an allusion to positivity and prosperity. They’re usually given for loved ones who recuperating or a gesture of good will. Red chrysanthemums can indicate love, white can mean truth and yellow can symbolise jealousy.

Sunflowers are symbols of optimism. Its “sunny” aesthetic can lift anyone’s spirit, so you can send these blooms to someone who needs some cheering. Perhaps you’d also want to send them for some joy and inspiration. This is why a sunflower is usually a fail-safe choice for its positive message.

You can always consult your online florist for the meanings behind different flowers for the perfect bouquet.

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Blooming your house – Made easier with Floral Subscription

March 8, 2017
Blooming your house – Made easier with Floral Subscription

Interior design doesn’t have to be boring. A great way to make a home more warm and inviting is to incorporate a bit of greenery into the design. Fresh flowers and succulents not only help brighten up a space, they also help filter the air. So they’re pleasing to both the eyes and the lungs.

Maintaining gardens and potted plants are the traditional ways of incorporating flora in the home. However, the rise of the apartment complex and condo-living provides little in the way of space. Most city dwellers do not have a backyard, let alone a garden. This is why designers and architects are bringing the outdoors indoors to make a space breathe and make it less claustrophobic. It also helps to remind dwellers of the natural world in an increasingly tech-saturated and artificial environment.

The good news is, the proliferation of online florists in Singapore have made blooming your house even easier through catering to all your floral needs.

Which rooms should you bloom?

Any room can be bloomed but, as with everything, you need to practice the art of restraint.

The kitchen is a natural choice for incorporating plants and florals. If you like to cook, you can maintain a little vertical garden for herbs and spices to add some fresh ingredients to your dishes. Fresh cut flowers can also go into your kitchen counter and dining table to encourage a healthy appetite among your fellow inhabitants.

The living room is also a prime location for flowers and succulents. Since we entertain guests in this area, flowers can be a great accessory to complement the overall aesthetic of your home. White lilies are classic choices for shared spaces. They’re elegant and sophisticated without being intimidating. They also go well with any interior. Aromatic flowers like lavender and jasmine can be incorporated to perfume your living room. Meanwhile, daisies and sunflowers are perfect for bright interiors, especially during summer, for a lively and welcoming vibe. Sunflowers also work well in kitchens for a sunny disposition—mornings, afternoons and evenings.

Bathrooms are tricky because they don’t have a lot of light and are usually high in humidity. As such, orchids and aloe vera are the usual suspects for this area. They’re hardy and actually don’t need a lot of sun to thrive. Aloe vera also has a lot of uses, including treatment of minor burns and acts as moisturiser, so it also has practical use beyond the aesthetic aspect.

Taking care of your blooms

The adjectives delicate and fragile are associated with flowers for a good reason. Once they’ve been picked, the life span of their beauty starts counting down. Potted plants need to be watered regularly, but fresh cut flowers in vases need a bit more care and maintenance. Here are a few tips to lengthen the lives of your blooms:

  1. To make sure your flowers don’t wilt quickly, place them in a clean container with distilled water and a bit of bleach to prevent the growth of bacteria.
  2. Before placing them inside a vessel, it is also advisable to take out any rotting leaves and dirt clinging to the stems. Make sure the leaves or any petals do not touch the water inside the vase, otherwise this will promote rotting and bacterial growth.
  3. Replace the liquid with a clean bleach and water solution every day.

Get a floral subscription

For those without an eye for style nor the patience for flower selection, you can always acquire a floral subscription. This way, you not only get your regular batch of blooms to decorate your home, you’d also be getting the bespoke service of a flower curator. You can give your florist the necessary information they need to tailor the kinds of flowers you’d receive on a regular basis.

Floral subscription is a personalised service to help provide you with seasonal flora fit for your home. More than that, they can arrive at your doorstep perfectly arranged by a professional florist. Those additional personal touches and service ultimately saves you the time and effort in blooming your home.

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Crafting with Dry Flowers – A Guide to Drying and Pressing

March 1, 2017
Crafting with Dry Flowers

Flowers have always been used to symbolize beauty and fragility. Implicit in this association is its ephemeral nature, especially when they’ve been plucked from the garden. Yet it is possible to extend the life of fresh cut flowers, all you need is a little know how and some crafty skills. Before those pretty flowers start to wilt, begin the process of preservation through drying methods. Here are a few of the proven and simplest ways to dry flowers to add a new lease on their life.


You’ve probably done this one at some point in your life. Maybe a special someone send you a bouquet roses and you wanted to preserve this token of affection for sentimental reason. Or maybe you bright idea of making flower-infused bath bombs off those flowers you bought from an online florist in Singapore. Whether that worked out or not, keep these three steps in mind for pressing flowers using books in case you need to preserve some blossoms.

  1. Open a book and Place a piece of paper about halfway or one-third of the way inside a thick book (preferably hardbound for added weight).
  2. Place the flowers carefully on the piece of paper then place another paper on top of that before closing the book.
  3. Place the book on an even surface and add weights (could be other books or any heavy object) on top of that for added pressure.

After four weeks, you should have perfectly pressed flowers ready for your crafts. Just make sure that the flower is completely dry before pressing in order to avoid soaking the pages and possible decomposition.


Another simple and fuss free way of drying flowers is through hanging. This is the preferred method for drying a bunch of flowers as any dry and covered space will do. Here are the steps for drying flowers through hanging.

  1. Prepare the cut flowers or freshly plucked blooms for hanging by clipping the stems to similar lengths, taking out the leaves and other dirt that can cause rotting.
  2. Tie similar flowers securely in a bunch with a rope or rubber band.
  3. Hang them upside down about 6 inches from the ceiling in a warm, airy and dry place.

Again, this would normally take 4 weeks to completely dry them out. If you’re harvesting flowers straight from the garden, make sure you choose the ones which have just fully bloomed because they have the least amount of damage and thus will incur less damage through the process of drying.

Via microwave

This one’s a bit unconventional, but fairly easy. Not everyone has the time or space to dry out flowers, but almost everyone has a microwave at home. So for those pressed on time or simply don’t have the patience to wait for weeks before working on a project, then try out the microwave method of drying flowers.

  1. Cut the flowers close to the bud, taking out stray leaves and dirt in the process.
  2. Take a microwave-safe container, fill it with about an inch of desiccant (silica gel, cat litter, borax or cornmeal). Lay out the flowers on top, making sure they are spaced evenly so each bud gets equal amount of heat, and then bury the flowers under the desiccant.
  3. Place a cup of water inside the microwave with the container. This would absorb some of the radiation and prevent burning the flowers.
  4. Depending on the thickness of the buds, you can set the microwave heat accordingly. It is advisable to start with a low setting, heat for 2 minutes and then check. For bigger blooms with thicker petals, WikiHow estimates 8 minutes of medium to high setting.
  5. Once you are satisfied with the crispness and dryness, take the container out and let it cool for one day. Important: Do not poke the desiccant with your bare hands while checking in order to avoid burns. Use a toothpick instead.

Once you have perfectly dry flowers, you can let your creative juices flow. The proliferation of the DIY culture gives you plenty of resources to make your own works of art. You can even spend quality time with your partner working with your hands while you make repurpose those flowers. Here are a few suggestions.

Personalised cards or bookmarks

You can use those pressed flowers to create personalised cards or bookmarks. Her Creative Spirit shows you how it’s done with some PVC glue and tissue. Or if you’re a bit of an artist yourself, you can take a cue from Meredith Wing and use those dried blooms as part of pretty illustrations. They don’t even have to be pressed. The hang-dried flowers can work just as perfectly for added texture and volume.

Framed art

Paintings can be costly. So why not make an art wall of those dried flowers to decorate the wall of your apartment? Instead of having them turn to dust in a box of nostalgic memorabilia, create a pressed flowers framed art instead. This way, you can actually show tangible appreciation of the gift given to you by your loved one.

Therapeutic candles

Take the life of your flowers full circle by repurposing them as DIY aromatherapy candles. Fittingly, the saying “smelling the flowers” allude to leisure and appreciation, the very same purpose of scented candles. Any aromatic flowers will do. The popular ones though are jasmine, chamomile and ylang-ylang, but feel free to add a rose or two in the mix. Check out the full instructions at Home Guides.

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5 Tips To DIY A Flower Centrepiece

February 13, 2017

If you’re determined to give flower centrepieces a hand and want to craft them like a pro, you’ll need a couple of pointers from those who have got centrepiece crafting down to a T.

Here is our little confession: we love arranging and experimenting with flowers, but it also excites us when we can help someone else make their own flower masterpiece. Which is exactly why A Better Florist team decided to share their five essential tips for making your own, fabulous centrepieces.


Go Monochromatic

If you’re arranging flowers for the first time in your life, go for tones and shades of the same hue, so that you centrepiece has a classy, put-together look. To break up the monotony, use plenty of greenery.

Use a Foam

If you are able to purchase a florist’s foam, do it for several reasons. First of all, it will keep your flowers in place, instead of them floating around the vase or container aimlessly. Secondly, it will keep your flowers hydrated for a longer period of time.

As you’ll have to cut the foam to fit your container, first soak it in water for 15 minutes, and then proceed with cutting it. Remember to water the foam every couple of days, so the flowers soak in the fresh water.

Proper Placement

Here’s how to approach the arrangement of flowers. Evenly place large flower first around the centrepiece. Feel free to turn the arrangement as you go so it’s equal on all sides. Fill in the arrangement with smaller blooms, but make sure to leave room for each stem, so each flower can soak in the right amount of water and have room to thrive. Add ferns, berries and branches if you plan to do so, to give your centrepiece a little bit more vibrancy.

Pay Attention to Height

You want your flowers to stand tall from the container, and not just peek out of it. Make sure to cut the stems, without overdoing it, so that your flowers stand above the container about one and a half times the height of the container. Depending on your personal preference, you can match the width with the height to achieve perfect balance.

Experiment with Sizes

Feel free to cut stems in different heights, as you’ll add more dimension to your flower centrepiece.


Hopefully, you’re feeling a little bit more enthusiastic about arranging. Get your creative juices flowing and feel free to share your success with us!

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The Last Minute Boyfriend’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2017
valentines day

All guys need a little help when it comes to Valentine’s Day, and there’s no shame in that. Unless you’ve got the ’romantic thumb’, then you’ve got it all covered. This guy is for all you gentlemen who need a little push in the right direction, so that your Valentine’s Day stays remembered as one of the most beautiful days in 2017.

Outdoor Romance


Dine Under the Stars


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Sentosa Cove has something very special planned for Valentine’s Day. Eight lucky couples get to dine and relax under their very own romantic tent on the hotel lawn. The hotel chefs are going to prepare a special, exotic and romantic dinner just for the two of you.

Gardens by the Bay


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Known as the icon of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay are a great place for all couples who love to enjoy the outdoors. The beauty of impressive flora and fauna, and many photo-op opportunities make a great setting for Valentine’s Day.

Romantic Getaway


Amara Sanctuary


Unwind in a true sanctuary, where Valentine’s Day is a special occasion where couples are treated like Gods. You can indulge in a super-relaxing aromatherapy massage, enjoy in gourmet cuisine, and experience the tranquillity of this wonderful place.

Address: 1 Larkhill Road, Sentosa Island, Singapore 099394

Capella Singapore


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This luxury retreat is the perfect getaway for Valentine’s Day, as you’ll get taken care of and pampered just like celebrities. Their website description speaks for itself: The vibrant cosmopolitan of Singapore, and the tranquillity of Sentosa.

Address: 1 The Knolls | Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297

Blooms for the Beauty


No Valentine’s Day is complete without the perfect flower bouquet to gift to your other half. A Better Florist has a wide range of flowers and arrangements, and can make all your Valentine’s Day desires come true.

Wine and Dine


Il Cielo


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Love is in the air, especially at il Cielo. This Italian, vegan rooftop restaurant is the place to be with your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Not only do they have an impressive menu, but the views are inexplicably beautiful.

Address: 581 Orchard Road Singapore 238883

The Carvery


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If you’re looking for a different Valentine ’s Day dining experience, make a reservation at The Carvery. It’s all about the meat here, in addition, the couples get a fee serving of the one-of-a-kind Valrhona chocolate soup with cocoa sorbet and Grand Marnier. Bon Appetite!

Romantic DIY


Popcorn Night


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Don’t worry if you’re short on cash, girls love DIY projects, because they really show you’ve put in from the effort. This cute invitation for popcorn and cosy night in is going to blow her away. You can find the complete instructions here.

Personalized Mug


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If she’s obsessed with cute mugs, as so many of us are, she’s going to love a love mug that’s specially made by you. All you’re going to need are markers, a white mug and some creativity. Find the complete DIY right here.


Activities for Lovebirds


Free Show at Esplanade Theatre


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If your girl is the one who can’t turn down a good show and loves the arts, then you should take her to Esplanade Theatre. And the good thing is, even if you’re tight on a budget this V-day, there are free daily shows that you can watch with your special someone.

Do a Shoot


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We all know how much girls love taking selfies (no hate ladies), so why not plan out a photo-shoot for that special day. It doesn’t even have to be done by a professional, grab your camera and walk around, taking pics at your favourite spots.


Good luck gentlemen!

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5 Ways to Take Care Of A Tulip Bouquet

February 8, 2017
Tulip Bouquet

We’re all about tulips here at A Better Florist. But, wouldn’t it be lovely, once you take your favourite tulip bouquet from our shop, to have the tulips perky and vibrant in your vase for seven days, and avoid the droopiness after three days? It is possible, with the right care. We’re here to explain to you how to preserve the beauty of these delicate flowers. Keeping tulips fresh isn’t a complex task. Given that you have yourself a fresh batch of freshly-cut tulips, you’re off to a great start.


Less Water, More Life

Instead of filling your vase with fresh water all the way to the top, in the case of tulips, less is more. Put less water in your vase then you would with other bouquets, as tulips soak in the moisture and continuously grow. You don’t want this because they’ll end up growing and drooping, or breaking in half.

Also, Add a bit of bleach in the water to keep it clean and clear, and this way your tulips will last at least for a week.

Make the Right Vase Choice

Respect the long, sophisticated line of the tulip and find an appropriate vase for the arrangement. Make sure to give your tulips something to lean on, instead of placing them in short vases that are going to encourage them to droop over the edges of the vase.

No Re-cutting the Stems

Once the stems have been cut, don’t re-cut them again, or add water to the vase. That’s the crucial step to prevent droopiness of your tulip bouquet. Cut them once, in a diagonal direction, place them in a vase and watch them thrive.

Special Placement of a Tulip Bouquet

It’s also important to keep tulips in an environment that encourages them to stay fresh. Make sure to keep them out of direct sun, and away from any vents or drafts, to maintain their freshness for as long as possible.

Give Them Space

Even if you’re not exactly a green thumb and don’t have any arranging skills, make sure to place each tulip in the vase, leaving space for each stem. Don’t throw them all together, over each other, or the petals will fall out quicker and your entire tulip bouquet life span will shorten significantly.


If you have a tulip obsession, just like us, now you don’t have any excuses not to grab yourself a fresh tulip bouquet more often.


A Better Florist provides same day delivery for fresh, hand-crafted flowers. Designed by our professional florist, each bouquet is stunning and long-lasting. We make it easy to send love to the people you love. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get more promo codes and discounts off blooms!

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5 Simple Ways to Turn Your Apartment Into The Ultimate Tropical Home

February 6, 2017
Tropical Home

The beach, the palm trees, the falling coconuts and the sizzling sun – those are just some things we love about the tropics. No wonder so many people want a little piece of tropics for themselves in their own home. It’s a stress-free environment that causes us to feel relaxed, centred and positive.

Today, we’re showing you how to transform your apartment from a boring four-wall shelter, to a tropical oasis, without making your home look like too tacky.


Bring in the Outdoors

It’s unnecessary to say that you can’t have a tropical-inspired home without natural elements as your decor. Tropical plants and palm trees, such as the lady palm, parlor palm or bamboo palm will add that exotic touch to every room in your home. You can also incorporate bamboo plants and orchids throughout your home, and add a few coconuts as accessories and decor.

Colour It Bold

Use soothing hues such as green, and natural earthy tones to create serenity in your home. Paint your walls a brighter colour to make your space seem bigger and more open than it is, simply because we all know the tropics are about the grand spaces and feeling unconstrained.

But don’t be afraid to add a pop of tropical colour and be bold with your furniture. Go for light blue or royal blue, coral, green and sunset yellow.

Choose Natural Materials

Always go for natural materials when it comes to your furniture and you’ll create nooks that look like they came straight from a tropical island. Go for wood, wicker, bamboo and try to incorporate it into every single room of your home. Connect through every single aspect with nature, and you’ll notice a shift in the overall atmosphere of your home. Since you’re creating a tropical heaven, you don’t want any distractions, just those things that bring you serenity and peace of mind.

Add Water Elements

Unwind to the sounds of trickling water, reminiscing of the waves crashing against the rocks on the shore. There’s hardly anything more peaceful and serenity-invoking. Add a fountain to your home, or a small pond in your garden. The sound of water is a necessary element that will add an additional touch to your home visually, but more so bring the atmosphere of the tropics to your home.

Let the Light In

Forget about the colours predicted to be trending this year, and focus on light colours, and open spaces. Make sure to let the light into the room throughout the day, and don’t block your windows or doors with dark-coloured curtains.


Above all, be creative. Hit up Pinterest, Instagram and Google some tropical settings for inspiration.


A Better Florist provides same day delivery for fresh, hand-crafted flowers. Designed by our professional florist, each bouquet is stunning and long-lasting. We make it easy to send love to the people you love. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get more promo codes and discounts off blooms!

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Funeral Flowers: Everything You Need to Know

February 5, 2017
Funeral Flowers

Choosing the right flowers in a time of distress isn’t the first thing on your mind, in fact, you might not even care about it. But since each bloom carries its own meaning and symbolizes numerous different things, it’s important to send the right sentiment, as flowers represent admiration, respect and love. Unfortunately, even in these tough times there’s a certain etiquette to follow.

Here’s our inside information on how to choose and prepare the right type of bloom. It’s better to be equipped with this knowledge beforehand, so when these moments do actually come, you’ll know exactly what to do.


Types of Flowers

With the message you’re trying to convey and the large variety of flower options to choose from these days, it’s a tough choices knowing and deciding which ones to choose. It’s important to note that some flowers are less funeral appropriate, so in order to avoid that here’s a list of most commonly used flowers for funeral bouquets, arrangements and wreaths.

  • Carnations
  • Lilies
  • Gladioli
  • Roses
  • Peace Lily Plant
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Orchid Plant
  • Hydrangea Plan

It all depends basically on the message you want to convey. Some people prefer to convey respect and admiration, while other’s opt to commemorate the spirit and the likings of the deceased, which is also a good option.

Common Arrangements

You also need to be acquainted with the types of arrangements that are appropriate for funerals. When you walk into your local flower shop, like A Better Florist, you’re going to get certain recommendations for which types of arrangements are the most common ones. Here’s a list that’s good to have, if you want to know in advance what you’re going to request from your florist.

  • Casket Sprays
  • Standing Sprays
  • Floral Baskets
  • Wreaths
  • Inside Pieces
  • Table Arrangements


Once again, this is a personal choice and it depends on the ceremony, as well as the wishes of the family of the deceased.

Sympathy Card Messages

Messages that are usually attached to arrangements and wreaths should be short, concise and represent a certain sentiment. If you’re not exactly sure what to write, you can request help from your florist, or use one of the following:

  • “May you rest in peace.”
  • ’’With love to you and your family.’’
  • ’’With my deepest sympathy.’’
  • ’’Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.’’
  • “With love and fond memories.”
  • “Always in our thoughts.”
  • ’’We hope these flowers express what our words never will.’’
  • “In loving memory of a dear friend.”
  • ’’You will be sorely missed.’’
  • “Good night and god bless.”


These messages are your last opportunity to say goodbye. As much as picking the right flowers is important, your final words to your loved ones are equally, if not, even more important. Choose wisely.


There are various religious aspects to consider, for example, Jewish funerals don’t really welcome flowers, but donations to charity are welcomed. It’s best to check with the family of the deceased and enquire about their traditions and practices.



A Better Florist provides same day delivery for fresh, hand-crafted flowers. Designed by our professional florist, each bouquet is stunning and long-lasting. We make it easy to send love to the people you love. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get more promo codes and discounts off blooms!

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Silk vs. Real Flowers, Which Should You Buy?

January 23, 2017


In this era, where salt can look like sugar and vice versa, it’s hard to determine the actual difference between fake and real. We’ve developed a careful eye for beauty, but at the same time, items that surround us have developed their appearance to the point where we have to question ourselves: Why buy real flowers, when you can have fake ones?


Silk flowers are botanically correct, they are inspiringly lifelike, plus they last longer. Left with this dilemma, how do you make the right choice?



Friendly Price

Silk flowers are, In the long run, a better financial option, as they can end up being a lot less cheap, especially if you’re planning to us it as reoccurring décor in your home.

Forever and More

They do last quite some time. In fact, if you take good care of them, meaning no throwing around and mishandling, they can last forever.


If you love flowers in every shape and form, but can’t stand being near them due to allergies, silk flowers are a good choice for you. Unless you’re allergic to silk, which is where you’ll have to settle for looking from afar.

Perfect for Projects

If you like to get creative every once in a while, especially working on projects with flower, silk flowers are easier to manage. You can twist, curl, bend them how much you want, and they can still be reused for other projects.

Bearer of Memories

If you gift someone silk flowers for a special occasion, you’ll make sure that the memory of that day lasts forever. Therefore, silk flowers are a better option for longer lasting memories.

All Weather Survivors

Silk flowers as opposed to real flowers, aren’t conditioned by weather. They can be transported, carried around, basically from one climate to the other, and still remain in the same condition.

Easy Maintenance

If you’re the type that doesn’t like to take care of flowers, or simply forgets to do so, silk flowers are great, because you don’t have to give them the time of day if you don’t want to. Clean them to get rid of any dust or dirt, and renew the store-bought freshness.


Unbeaten Freshness

Nothing beats the freshness of real flowers. There’s just something ‘WOW’ about a fresh bouquet of your favourite flowers. It’s probably that indescribable feeling, but it’s there.

Smell Engaging

Then there’s the smell. As charming the looks are, the scent is even more alluring. And you can’t recreate the scent of nature, no matter what.

Flower Power

Some even say that flowers have special powers, and can be healing. Of course, that is depending what kind of flowers you go for. With that being said, we would be wrong to say flowers can’t be soothing.


Each and every flower on this planet is unique. Given that they don’t come out of nature’s moulds, like silk flowers do in factories, every flower will be authentic. And that’s something you can’t buy.

Favourable Short-Term Pricing

If you’re buying flowers for a single occasion it’s probably more affordable to invest in a freshly-cut flower bouquet. You’re not going to be storing or reusing them, so there’s no point in making bigger investments.

Showing Sentiment

If you really want to show someone you care about that, let them know you wish them best, express admiration or love, fresh flowers have the ability to transfer that sentiment just by its own appearance.


And there you have it, all the beautiful benefits of both kinds of flowers. And since we don’t want to be the jury or the judge in this case, it’s all up to your personal choice. Which one suits your style?



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