Get Well Soon Flowers – Basic Etiquette

We’ve all been there. Knocked for six by the flu or recovering from an accident or injury in bed.

It can get difficult to stare at the same four walls every day and most people start to feel trapped in their homes or hospital beds. They’d do anything for a bit of escapism. A bit of colour and life.

And that is exactly what get well soon flowers provide.

When a friend or family member is feeling unwell and needs a pick-me-up, what better option is there than a bunch of flowers?

Combined with antibiotics and plenty of rest and they’re the ultimate cure.

Etiquette for sending get well soon flowers

While the benefits of flowers are well know, there is some interesting etiquette about when and how to send them.

Whether the condition is something that can be fixed with a few tissues or something more serious, flowers are guaranteed to boost the spirits of your friend or relative but the type of injury or ailment will determine the type of message you leave on the card.

For those recovering at home, a simple “get well soon” might suffice or you could even get away with no note at all if you intend to hand-deliver them for maximum impact.

For those in hospital, potentially undergoing surgery, a longer note or card with good wishes from you and other friends and family is more appropriate. You can even add in a get well soon balloon if you want to really cheer them up!

To make sure you get the flower sending right first time round, here are another few rules you should follow:

1. Timing

Timing is everything when it comes to sending get well soon flowers – or any flowers for that matter. It’s good etiquette to send your bouquet as soon as you hear about the illness or injury. If you delay sending them because of your hectic schedule then your friend may think you don’t know or simply don’t care!

Avoid adding insult to injury by getting in with your gift as quickly as possible.

2. Message

Most of us will send a card from our local card retailer on the high street, full of soft colours, pretty pictures and kind words. However “proper etiquette” for this situation is to send a card with a hand written letter inside.

This doesn’t need to be overly long and depending on your relationship with the recipient it could even contain a joke, doodle or something to make them laugh. Well, laughter is one of the best forms of medicine so keep your note high-spirited, upbeat and as light-hearted as you can to raise their mood.

3. Flowers

Next on the etiquette list is making sure you pick the right flowers for the bouquet.

Choosing the recipients favourite flowers or colours is always guaranteed to impress but there are other things you should be aware of. Some flowers have special meanings or are associated with other occasions (including death) so it’s important to know which choices are good and which aren’t.

Some of the best get well soon flower options are:

  • Daisies: who doesn’t love the bright and cheery daisy? Their classic white colour is fresh and clean but you can also get gerbera daisies in big, bold colours if you want something a little brighter. Surround with plenty of green foliage for a stunning yet simple display


  • Peonies: a spring flower, peonies are also associated with healing which makes them the ideal get well soon flower. Great for adding beauty to any space with their lush, full blooms, the peony is less common than some other flowers which means it’ll stand out too


  • Pansies: the meaning of this flower is claimed to be “loving thoughts” and that’s just what you want to send your friend or relative. Bold and brightly coloured, they are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face and add a much needed injection of colour to any room


  • Hydrangeas: definitely less common than some of our other options, hydrangeas represent perseverance which makes them the perfect gift for someone who is in the process of healing. Choose a potted version for an alternative to the traditional bouquet in a vase

With these tips in mind, you are guaranteed to find the perfect get well soon flowers for any friend, relative or work colleague unfortunate enough to find themselves in need of some R&R.

Opt for the right flowers to raise your loved ones’ spirits this summer and help your friends and family get back to good health and a happy state of mind no matter what has befallen them.

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Lily Calyx is our in-house flower whisperer, an expert on all things botanical and an enthusiastic orchids collector. She loves discussing the insights of the secret world of flowers, shares her gardening tips and hacks and moons over the latest additions to Serenata Flowers flower range. Ask Lily anything about flowers and we can guarantee she will have the answer.

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