There are so many flowers out there, each with their own meaning attached. From simple wildflowers to romantic red roses, it can sometimes be tricky to find the right blooms for the occasion. Some occasions like Valentine’s Day or a kind gesture for a loved one’s birthday, are relatively simple, while others, not so much. Here’s a quick guide to how to choose the right flowers for a variety of situations.
Birthdays can be a little tricky, as it depends on who the lucky honoree is. If it’s the object of your affection, you might want to pick a romantic arrangement of red roses. Or, something that either honors their birthday month (yes, there’s a flower for each month, just like birthstones) or happens to be their favorite color or flower. While, in this day and age, we don’t always discuss our favorite flowers, simply picking something that fits in with your friend or colleague’s general aesthetic will do. Don’t forget the personalized note.
While red roses and ill-advised stuffed animals are the hallmarks of Valentine’s day, think outside the box to tell your sweetie how you feel. Tradition doesn’t exactly dictate what we do in the realm of love anymore and giving the object of your affection a collection of fresh cut foliage doesn’t have to feel antiquated. A bouquet of cool wildflowers can be a nice way to say “thank you” after a great third date, while a rose-filled arrangement can indicate things are getting a bit more serious.
Or, check out these flowers online to get some further inspiration. In any case, it’s certainly the thought that counts.
Funerals and Sympathy
Flowers are a sweet way to honor the memory of a lost loved one. Most funeral flowers are white—think white daisies, chrysanthemums, carnations, and gladiolas. Keep in mind, with funerals, the flowers you choose should be a bit more traditional. Certain flowers have different meanings. Lilies, for example, signify majesty and purity, while pink flowers like carnations, roses or some orchids signify remembrance. Here’s a guide to navigating the etiquette of funeral flowers.
One last thing, if the family has requested a donation in lieu of flowers, do respect their wishes.
With weddings, think seasonal. If you’re getting married chances are, you’ll need a lot of flowers on hand to make up your bouquets and arrangements. Unless you want to mix and match—which looks pretty cool, if done right, but otherwise stick to bold rich colors during fall and winter, and keep things light during spring and summer.
The “thank you” bouquet can be a real life saver for those looking for a kind, yet simple gesture to mark their appreciation. Traditionally, flowers like hydrangeas and irises have been used as a way to say thanks, but again, the key here is to be personal. A favorite flower is always a lovely detail, or look for an arrangement of daisies, lilies, and daffodils. Attach a note to a simple bouquet, and you’re good to go.