Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day more than a bouquet of fresh cut flowers. And while they are certainly beautiful, they do cost a pretty penny. Sadly, most only last a few days. So to find out how to get the most out of your Valentine's Day arrangements, a local florist shares his secrets. Randy Verhasseldt, the owner of Evolutions in Design in Downtown Wausau says the best way to prolong the life of your bouquet is to keep the water clean. That way you avoid getting bacteria in the water which in turn causes the flowers to die faster. It's also a good idea to cut the stems about a half inch every couple of days.
Evolutions in Design had a steady flow of shoppers all day Friday. Verhasseldt expects to be just as busy on Saturday as many couple are choosing to stretch out the holiday through the weekend.
While many people think of red roses on Valentine's Day, he says the big trend this year is tulips. Verhasseldt says, "Right now it's spring flowers. A lot of tulips - seems to be the favorite one so far. It think it's just because people are so tired of the cold." On average shoppers are spending any where from $50 to $75 for arrangements and other specialty gifts.
But if flowers aren't sending the right message, you can't go wrong with a diamond. Reni Mroczenski, the sales manager at Wickersham Jewelry says they too have been busy - especially leading up to Valentine's Day. She says they've had a lot of people coming in picking out engagement rings. Her advice when choosing that ring is to look for cut and clarity of the stone. The most popular cuts are round, princess, and cushion.
If an engagement ring is a bit much for your sweetie, Mroczenski says colored diamonds are very trendy for right-handed rings, earrings, and necklaces.
Some fun Valentine's Day Facts - Courtesy cnn.com
$130.97 -- The per person average estimated amount that people will spend on Valentine's Day.
224 million -- The estimated number of roses grown for Valentine's Day.
51% -- The percentage of people who buy red roses for this holiday.
64% -- The percentage of men who buy flowers for Valentine's Day.
36% -- The percentage of women who buy flowers for Valentine's Day.
$18.6 billion -- The total spending that will be reached by Valentine's Day.
$1.6 billion -- The amount people will spend on candy.
$1.9 billion -- The amount people will spend on flowers.
$4.4 billion -- The amount people will spend on diamonds, gold and silver.
March 14 -- The day men give women romantic gifts in South Korea and Japan; women give men chocolate on Valentine's Day.
$4.52 -- The average amount pet owners spent on their pets on Valentine's Day in 2012.
40.7% -- The percentage of people who will use their Smartphone to purchase Valentine's gifts.
85% -- The percentage of men and women who say sex is an important part of Valentine's Day.
6 million -- The number of people who expect or are planning a marriage proposal.
29% -- The percentage of people who will type a romantic text message.
145 million -- The unit amount of Valentine's cards purchased.
151 million -- The approximate number of cards that are exchanged on Valentine's Day.
1,400 -- Varieties of Hallmark's available Valentine's greeting cards.
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