Breakaway bouquets: Where to find the finest flowers and non-floral bouquets this Valentine's Day | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

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Discover a variety of floral and non-floral bouquets, including flowers, crochet creations, chocolates, and charcuterie, to deliver to the doorstep of your loved ones this season of hearts



As romantic ballads fill the airwaves and restaurants become fully booked with dinner reservations, expressing love through a unique bouquet can be the perfect complement to Valentine’s Day festivities.

Love makes the world go round and a lush bouquet of flowers is a classic gesture to express it. But if traditional flowers aren’t your preference, consider the charm of unconventional bouquets featuring crochet creations, chocolates, or even charcuterie. 

To help you find the perfect expression of love, here are our top picks of bouquets in Manila, featuring both floral and non-floral options, just in time for Valentine’s Day.


Traditional Romance at Flowerlovers PH

Since opening their doors in 1995, flowerlovers has honed their signature, free-flowing approach to flower arranging. 

Now under the guidance of head florist and creative director Melissa Rosario, the fresh designs are infused with innovations after her studies on floral arranging in New York City. In minimalist wrapping and thoughtful arrangements, the florals exude a sense of elegance and high quality. 

For Valentine’s Day, the range varies from tropical blooms to sweet and classic bouquets, which can be customized according to the preference of your lucky loved one. Some bouquets come with a box of chocolate-covered strawberries, too.


Rare Blooms at Bertie’s Bouquets

If there is something that explains the allure of Bertie’s Bouquets, it’s that the arrangements are almost sculptural. Featuring rare flowers, with a mix of seasonal flowers from Holland and roses imported from Ecuador, utilizing less conventional materials like grasses and special foliage. 

Head florist and founder Roberta Periquet gives some advice on picking a bouquet, “On choosing from our selection: it is most important to take into account think about the recipient. Some people have strong opinions about what flowers and colors they like or dislike… others might appreciate something a bit different—This is our specialty, surprise bouquets.”

She describes her process, “I personally choose the flowers for surprise bouquets every few days based on the best of the season and what I find the most charming and unique. I am also very mindful of harmonizing texture and color combinations. I like bouquets with a lot of movement and interest.”

For this Valentine’s Day, try and catch their last batches of tulips, or go bold and buy a beloved surprise bouquet. 


Dried Flowers at Little Dried Studio

Dried flowers have experienced somewhat of a resurgence lately. The low-maintenance flowers are versatile and come with much more variety. Regardless of the season, dried flowers can be enjoyed year-round. 

These blooms are also more sustainable, not just for their longevity and preservation, but demanding less transportation and refrigeration, therefore lowering environmental impact. 

With such natural texture, depth, and visual interest, a dried bouquet can add dimension to your floral arrangements, and can even serve as a decorative piece after the Valentine’s holidays. 

Little Dried Studio is one such florist that specializes particularly in event styling. You might just catch some inspiration for your Valentine’s bouquet on their page. 


Handcrafted Whimsy at Crochet Flowers

Crochet is a delicate craft that can weave the most delightful fabric creations. One such shop is

Each crochet flower is meticulously handmade, as well as customizable in specific color palettes, sizes, and arrangement styles that can bring your vision to life in a truly one-of-a-kind bouquet. Surprisingly, these crochet flowers are not only charming but also more affordable than traditional fresh bouquets. 

In addition to crochet flowers, the whimsical shop also offers a delightful selection of crocheted toys, adding a playful touch to your gift-giving experience. With special rates and options for music boxes, these soft and sweet flower bouquets are sure to bring a sense of warmth to your dearest ones. 


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Grazing Cones at GRAZÉRIE

What’s not to love about grazing? With a good glass of wine or champagne, the delights in a grazing box can elevate any cocktail experience. What if you could gift this elevated experience in a bouquet? 

GRAZÉRIE Manila offers up just this. Their grazing cones offer a blend of savory and sweet tastes with cheeses and meats, expertly portioned for maximum enjoyment. Your cone can be customized to suit your significant other’s preferences, too. 

The GRAZÉRIE Manila cones offer up a delicious mix of grapes, strawberries, olives, meat, cheese, and other charcuterie. 


Chocolates at FlowerChimp

Chocolates are a way of saying something literally sweet when the romantic metaphors just aren’t enough. There’s something particularly special about Ferrero Rocher, these gold-wrapped treasures with a hazelnut center and crisp wafer that delight the senses. 

This luscious bouquet by FlowerChimp shows that the brand doesn’t just deliver convenient flowers, but a sense of deliciousness. 

With an array of sweets, the bouquets offer Kisses, Toblerones, M&Ms, and other brands of chocolate treats, which can be delivered right to your doorstep. 

Ferrero Rocher bouquet
Luscious Love features stalks of Ferrero Rocher surrounded by Pink Baby Breath


A Cake Bouquet at Dreambakes

Who would have thought that you could say it with flowers—in the form of cake? Dreambakes combines the flavors of a good bake with the visual splendor of a floral bouquet. 

The petals are crafted with frosting to echo the beauty of real flowers. These edible blooms can be tailored to suit taste preferences in a way that adds a touch of botanical elegance. 

For those looking to add some extra sweetness to your Valentine’s day, these cake bouquets are the way to go if you want to express your affection for your loved ones in a surprising way.


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Research assistance by Sydney Cañamo.

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