Flowers are sent for many reasons--to offer your condolences, express romantic love, sometimes to apologize. Whatever the reason, when you receive flowers, a thank-you note is essential. Absence of a thank-you note is permissible only if the person who sent the flowers lives with you. Make sure your gratitude is conveyed appropriately.
Thank the Sender
Thank-you cards should be sent promptly, preferably before the flowers have wilted. Preprinted note cards require a handwritten line or two from you. The note should be personal and specific. If you cannot remember who sent you the flowers, comment on how you felt when you got them. Say something about the colors, arrangement or fragrance of the flowers.
In Bad Times
In times of bereavement, crisis or illness, sending thank-you notes may not be high on the to-do list for the grieving. Thank-you notes should be sent in two to three weeks, or even months after receipt of flowers, as long as you include a personal message. The words in your thank-you letter may be forgotten; however, a lack of acknowledgement will be remembered.
There may also be friends and family members offering to help. Give them the task of preparing thank-you cards for you.
Flowers may also express romantic love. If your sweetheart sends you flowers, reciprocate with a note.
Hard to Say Sorry
Flowers as an expression of apology do not negate what was said or done. Whether the offender is forgiven or not, acknowledge the flower sender's effort with a note. It is a classy way to handle the situation.
Act On It
Sometimes, thank-you notes are put off or forgotten about, because the recipient does not know what to say. When someone has taken the time to express his or her feelings, show your appreciation.