How to Choose the Best Flowers for Every Occasion
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How to Choose the Best Flowers for Every Occasion

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Whether you are looking for the perfect birthday gift, declaring your love, or expressing condolences, giving a floral gift has always been the universal choice for almost any occasion. But with so many different flowers and arrangements to choose from, all with different meanings, it can be hard to know which are the perfect flowers for the occasion. For example, what kind of flower arrangement should you choose for a dinner party? What’s the most appropriate choice when bringing sympathy flowers to a funeral? What about wishing someone a happy birthday? And which flower bouquets make the most sense for office deliveries?

While operating our online flower shop in Toronto over the years, we have fielded thousands of questions about flower etiquette for many different occasions. Spoiler Alert: in our opinion, when choosing flowers, there’s no such thing as the right one! Adding your own personal touch is what makes giving flowers, and the surprise of receiving them, even sweeter.

But to help you narrow it down, we’ve compiled this handy list of tips to use when you’re deciding which flowers are the best ones for the occasion.

Dinner Parties

No one wants to show up at a dinner party empty-handed! Whether you're celebrating a happy marriage with friends or just wanting to bring flowers to a quaint dinner with a family member, arriving with even a small bunch of beautiful flowers is the perfect way to add that special touch to almost any occasion. When ordering flowers for social gatherings or other occasions, consider the host’s personal aesthetic.

We recommend opting for flowers artfully arranged in a low compote vessel, like A Royal Garden or The Perfect Centrepiece. This way, the flowers can interact with the guests at the table, while remaining below eye level to keep the conversation flowing. Our Premium Seasonal Budvase Trio is another popular option if you would like to scatter some flowers along your family-style dinner spread.

Romance is in the Air

Nothing says I love you like flowers. While declaring your pure love to that special someone with a single flower is what many would say is the most romantic way of professing love, you can’t go wrong by showing up on their doorstep with a Signature Hand-Tied Bouquet filled with ranuculus, lilies, orchids, tulips, novelty carnations, lisianthus, freesia, and of course, red roses.

Here at Wild North Flowers, we use eight or more varieties of flowers in each our arrangements, and while you cannot hand-pick the variety of flowers used for your bouquet, our designers will choose flowers that most align with the message you want to send.

For example, red roses are traditionally considered the perfect flower to represent love, but red carnations or even white roses are also appropriate substitutes, as they represent passionate love and loyalty respectively. Even if you just wanted to show your adoration, red tulips would be the right choice to set you apart.

If you want to send something cute and flirty that says just thinking of you, check out our Heartline or Sugarplum arrangements, which often include light pink blooms.

As for anniversaries or any other extra-special occasion, our deluxe offerings like All I Want or The Utmost bouquet will declare your affections in an unforgettable style that would even be fit for engagement flowers or your wedding day!

Get Well Soon

Traditionally, flowers that send healing thoughts are designed in cheerful and uplifting palettes. Options such as Burst of Summer or Tropicana can gesture towards brighter days ahead by using varieties such as orange roses, yellow dianthus, sunflowers, pink roses, and gerbera daisies.

If you’re looking for something classic, all our glass vase arrangements can be customized to a bright and cheerful palette when making your selection through our online shop.

Condolence and Sympathy

A symbol in times of sorrow, sympathy flowers can send messages to express condolences when we want to commemorate the departed soul of a loved one. Our fresh flower offerings Eternal Garden and Footed Glass Arrangement are elegant yet contemporary options for funeral flowers, each designed to bring comfort on tough days. For celebrations of life, The Luxe can be a heartening tribute.

For keepsakes that honour those we've lost, you may also want to consider our Dried Flower selections as an alternative to fresh flower arrangements. While a bouquet of white roses and calla lilies may wilt over time, these long-lasting arrangements are a sentimental and thoughtful way to express eternal love.

Keep it Professional

Bigger isn’t always necessarily better. When sending flowers to an office or place of business, it’s usually best to consider the real estate of the recipient’s desk.

Our offerings in smaller vessels, such as Skittles or Lilac Buttercream, will still make a big impact despite their size, and as some of our more budget-friendly flowers, they're the ideal gift.

Grander designs, like the Forever Favourite flower bouquet, are more suited to make a statement in the reception area or that brand-new corner office.


Any flowers make the perfect birthday present. There are no rules! Choose flowers that complement whatever the recipient’s taste and personality is like—you know best.

For example, extroverts with colourful personalities might appreciate the vibrant flowers in Fantasy Garden or Pink Lady. Our Apricot Jam and Pearl flower arrangements have subdued, yet beautiful hues that might appeal to those with a softer side, while the Lilac Meadow and Wildberry are an ideal match for those who like bold flowers. The possibilities are endless.

What About Holidays?

Keep an eye out for our rotation of floral arrangements and offerings as we create flowers for every occasion. We are always posting innovative designs tailored specifically to special occasions like Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Easter, and the winter holidays. If ther is a special occasion we haven't accounteed for, feel free to reach out and let us know! We're always excited to hear new ideas or tackle custom projects.

Still Can't Decide?

Our customer service team is available to help with any questions you have about ordering the right flowers for your occasion.

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September 01, 2023 by Jennifer Fowlow

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