It’s not often that someone takes a finer edge when writing about flowers, but John DeVore did with this piece. Here’s an excerpt and the link to the original and complete post.
Why real men DO buy women flowers
By John DeVore
Men should buy women flowers. They are colorful. They smell nice. And without them, flora would never get laid. To many, purchasing flowers is cliché or corny or tacky. And to others, it’s an outdated ritual in our modern era of gender equality.
Flowers should not apologize; they should symbolize some wonderful thoughts about the woman.
I’d like to address the men reading this (all five of you): buy the broads flowers. Trust me. And now to all the women reading, who outnumber us dudes 100 to 1: allow the dorks in your life to buy you flowers. Trust me.
Flowers are not a romantic punchline, nor are they a symbol of patriarchal dominance. Buying daisies or lilies or chrysanthemums for the woman you love is one of those things a man just …
Silk flowers are made from different types of material, which make them look very real. Many people in the past have opted for artificial plants and flowers for a number of different reasons. Some were to avoid the hassle of taking care of the real things, some because of the allergy sufferers, while some because they want the arrangement of flowers to last.
Years ago, florist would promote the silk flower arrangements for the bridal bouquet as a keepsake. The silk flower arrangement was also more expensive than real flowers. To have your wedding done in all silk arrangements would have cost you a lot more than having it done in real flowers, but times have changed since then.
Today, silk flowers look more like real flowers than they did back then, and the price of the silk flowers for your wedding will typically be cheaper than with real flowers. More and more weddings are selecting silk flowers today, but this may be because of the allergy sufferers or maybe it’s a budget issue.
Silk flowers do have their advantages. They have a life-like appearance, and they will never wilt or die – regardless of how much you neglect them. Silk flowers are beautiful for ever and they can be kept as keepsakes and passed on to others in the family for their weddings. If you wish, you can even re-use some of the flowers in your home décor, with a few minor design adjustments.
Because time is not an issue with the silk flowers they can be made well in advance of the wedding for pre-wedding photos, or to check the whole order before the big day. There will be no surprises on the special day, which is probably every bride-to-be’s fear. There is a wide variety of flowers, so you don’t have to worry they one have the type of flower you want for your wedding.
Silk flower and plant arrangements can also be made for the home. For those who are not sporting a green thumb or have allergies, but still want the beauty of plants and flowers around their home, silk arrangements are perfect for these people.
No matter what the type of plant or flower you are looking for, you will be able to find it in a silk variety. They won’t need any maintenance or care and they will last you a lifetime.
When we think of ordering flowers online, it is usually for Mother’s Day, or as another gift for someone who lives across the country from us. It’s unusual to consider ordering flowers for our wedding online. Why is that? Maybe it is because we don’t quite grasp the concept of ordering flowers for delivery as a gift and ordering flowers for delivery to the church for our big day as being the same. Do we know that it will be someone from a florist in our area filling the order and delivering the flowers? Are we afraid of some sort of miscommunication will take place and we will receive the wrong flower arrangement? That can happen anywhere.
Ordering flowers online is not much different than ordering flowers directly from the local florist. Florists made arrangements with each other years ago. If you ordered a bouquet of flowers to be delivered to your grandmother on her birthday from your local florist, that local florist would call the florist in the area closest to your grandmother’s house to make the floral arrangement and the delivery. The same thing happens when you order flowers online. The online florist will make the floral arrangements through the florist in your area who will also deliver them to the location you have specified.
You don’t have to worry about them going through the postal system or UPS. FedEx doesn’t even deliver the floral arrangements for you. You will have the flowers you ordered brought fresh and to the door by the local florist who has been contacted by the online florist. When florist first started working with each other around the country and possibly even around the world, they started with the FTD florists. Times have changed, but the way florist work together to make fresh flower deliveries has not. They have had this practice in place for over 100 years and they do it well.
So now you don’t have to worry about where the florist is located when ordering flowers to be delivered. The florist can be in Burlington, Ontario, but you will still receive a fresh bouquet of the flowers you ordered at your door.