Choosing Flowers for Special Occasions

Why Should You Care About The Message Hidden In Flowers?

you may not be sure what kind of flower or color is right for each occasion. But nearly every flower has a sentimental attachment and history that conveys a certain message to the recipient or guest at an event. 

For example, a Tansy flower, belonging to the daisy family, may be seen by some as cheerful, but for some it suggests you are giving the recipient “hostile thoughts”, when to others, it means “health and immortality.” While pink carnations can mean “gratitude,” striped carnations and yellow carnations mean rejection.

These meanings have their roots in the Bible to the words of Shakespeare, and flower notation has evolved over the centuries. Learn the language of flowers to feel more confident when choosing flowers for special occasions, even when receiving flowers!

The language of flowers

The language of flowers is called floriography . During the Victorian era, flower dictionaries were published explaining the meanings of plants, flowers and herbs. Floriography makes it popular when giving flowers to send messages to recipients.

The Wedding Flower

Regardless of the size or location of the wedding, many couples consider flower arrangements and bouquets an important factor to consider.

Wedding flower trends change from year to year with colors and styles often matching fashion and space trends. Many couples prefer to choose flowers based on their wedding ceremony season. 

However, red roses (symbolizing passionate love) and peony (symbolizing a happy marriage, prosperity and luck) are always popular choices for wedding bouquets and decorations. 

If you want to customize the message your flowers mean on your wedding day, here’s the meaning behind some other wedding flower favorites:

  • Amaryllis (Orchid):  love and determination
  • Calla lily (Lion):  regal and elegant
  • Gardenias (Garmony):  joy
  • Hydrangeas:  perseverance and sincere feelings

Valentine’s Day Flowers

Traditionally, lovers gave flowers for their special relationship on Valentine’s Day. The most popular flower for this day is still the rose, with all its varied and beautiful colors.

  • Red Rose:  passion
  • White Rose:  pure love
  • Cream Roses: sincere love
  • Yellow Rose:  friendship
  • Blue Rose:  wish
  • Rose Lotus:  cute love
  • Purple Rose:  faithful love

Flower Event

Flowers are a colorful way to celebrate a special occasion like a job promotion, promotion, wedding anniversary or graduation. 

Almost any flower will do, but you can make it even more special by considering the symbolism of several species:

  • Camellia (Camellia):  excellent and delicate
  • Daffodils (Daffodils):  truth and forgiveness
  • Daisy (Chrysanthemum) : Innocent and playful
  • Dahlias (Dahlia):  change and excitement
  • Iris (Iris):  faith, courage and wisdom
  • Orchids (Orchids):  love, luxury, beauty, charm and strength

Birthday flowers

A delicate and meaningful bouquet is the  perfect birthday gift . A perfect birthday bouquet, chosen based on the recipient’s favorite flowers or symbolizing an aspect of your relationship with that person. 

Here are a few flowers that are ideal to include in a birthday bouquet:

  • Pink carnations:  gratitude
  • Red chrysanthemums:  share and “I love you”
  • Forget-me-nots (Liu Ly):  miss me forever
  • Geraniums:  comfort and true friendship
  • Jasmine (Jasmine):  graceful and elegant

Mother’s Day Flowers

Choosing flowers for Mother’s Day is simple because all you need to do is choose her favorite flowers. Popular Mother’s Day bouquets are made up of Roses, Lilies, and Orchids. If she likes all sorts, consider giving her a spring bouquet with mixed flowers. 

Here are some thoughts for moms:

  • Gerbera daisies (Chrysanthemums) : cheerful
  • White lilacs:  the joy of youth and the innocence of childhood
  • Daylilies (Peach Blossom):  mother
  • Lily-of-the-valley (Linh Lan):  sweet, pure love
  • Dwarf sunflowers (Sunflowers):  love
  • (Red Tulip):  declaration of love
  • Yellow tulips:  a smile to the sun


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