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Should You Bring Flowers on the First Date?

A first date is pretty nerve-wracking, and the anxiety can have you second guessing everything you do and every choice you make. If you’re confused about whether you should bring flowers on the first date or not, you’ve come to the right place. 

Bringing flowers to the first date can be a really thoughtful gesture, and a lot of women love to be appreciated and valued like that. However, it’s probably not the best idea to bring a giant bouquet or anything over the top on the first date – keep things simple and casual. First dates are usually just a way for two people to get to know each other and they shouldn’t be anything more. 

Keep reading to find out when it’s okay to bring flowers and when it isn’t, as well as what kinds of bouquets you can bring. 

On Valentine’s Day 

We believe it would be a damning mistake not to bring your date flowers on Valentine’s Day – it’s something that simply isn’t done. It might just be one of the only days when not bringing any flowers when you see your partner can do harm, and when there’s an actual expectation to do so. 

Red roses are the most common and popular choice, but other colors like pink and white are great choices for the occasion too. 

You shouldn’t buy any huge, over-the-top bouquets, but something simple yet cute will probably be appreciated. 

How Well Do You Know Them 

On dates that matter, bringing flowers can bring a smile to your date’s face before it even begins. This will help you start the date off in the right mood, and is almost never a bad thing if you know your date well. 

In fact, if you’ve both been friends for a long time and are just now taking this step, it might help to make it clear to your date that this isn’t a casual meetup. In this case, the flowers send a message – hopefully, one that is more than welcome. 

What Kind of Flowers?

Now that we’ve decided that bringing flowers on the first date is usually fine, we talk about the “how”. 

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to keep the bouquet simple. Bringing an over-the-top bouquet to the first date is only going to intimidate your partner and make things strange. On the other hand, bringing a simple bouquet can make you seem thoughtful and let your date know how much this matters to you without making your date feel pressured to like you or feeling like they have to sit through an uncomfortable situation to spare your feelings or return the favor somehow. 

Here’s a list of flowers suitable for the first date: 

  • Roses: No matter what the occasion is, you can never go wrong with roses. For this particular day, maybe go with a simple bouquet with around 6 roses. A lot of people even buy single-flower bouquets
  • Lilies: If you want something a bit more different and vibrant, lilies are a pretty good option. They will look great in a bouquet with some simple green stalks and brown parchment paper. 
  • Tulips: Tulips are yet again one of those flowers that you can put together with a wide ribbon and call it a day. Not only will the flowers lend beauty to the bouquet, but it’s an understated one that will definitely make you seem like someone with sophisticated taste – that’s never a bad thing! 
  • Orchids: They’re vibrant, they’re small, and they’re the perfect choice for a scaled-down bouquet that fits in a single hand and is easy to hide behind your back. Surprise your date with a cute little arrangement and watch their face light up!