Flowers can say a lot, but only if you choose them right. They can help you profess undying love, express solidarity, cheer up a loved one or say a simple “sorry” or “thank you”. Even though flowers are an integral part of celebrations, special events or even final adieus, not many people give enough thought to the type of flowers they should buy for a particular occasion. While there are no hard and fast rules for flower- buying, there definitely are some expressions and connotations associated with certain flowers. So the next time you are headed for the florist to grab a last-minute bouquet, consider these general guidelines to ensure that your floral offering is appropriate and much appreciated by the recipient.
Nothing symbolizes love like red roses. Be it your beloved’s birthday, your anniversary or a special day like Valentine’s Day, roses can indeed add a spark to any romantic date. Pick a single stem if you want to keep it simple or choose an elaborate bouquet arrangement if you want to indulge your partner. If you find roses too common or cliché, you may even go for tulips or orchids.
Get Well Soon
When you send flowers to someone who is sick, you want something bright, peppy and cheerful such as sunflowers, pink/peach/yellow rose or carnations. If you are going to gift flowers to someone who is still in the hospital, it is best to take along a vase or an oasis arrangement so that the recipient doesn’t have to worry about finding a suitable place for them and keeping them fresh. Most importantly, check with the hospital if they have any rules or policies regarding visitors bringing flowers.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Celebratory occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and graduation parties call for bouquets and arrangements that bring in cheer along with a pop of color. Use a combination of red, yellow, orange and pink flowers and have them done up in a breathtaking arrangement. Tulips, stargazer lilies roses, orchids, sunflowers, carnations are all perfect for these occasions.
Had a tiff with a loved one and want to make up? Flowers are the way to go about it. Send a bouquet of white roses or daisies as a peace offering to tell your estranged partner or friend how much they mean to you. And don’t forget to include a note!
Sympathy and Mourning
Death of a loved one is a difficult time for any family but flowers help you express solidarity and say “I’m there for you”. While lilies are a classic, so are white or red roses. Wreaths and casket sprays are usually brought by close family members so it is best to stick to a bouquet or arrangement if you are not a part of the inner circle. Sending flowers to a bereaved family is considered a very sweet gesture and will be remembered for a long time to come. However, remember that different religions and cultures have different guidelines when it comes to using or gifting flowers on funerals – make sure you check with a reliable source to avoid making an inappropriate move.
Author Bio :
Mary Dawson is a florist in Geelong. Her tremendous fascination for flowers is what made her take up this profession. She is also a keen blogger and is often seen highlighting the variety of uses and aspects of flowers in her articles.