Valentine’s Day Bouquets
Don’t forget to pick out flowers for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. But be careful with your choices. Different flowers can have different meanings, and you don’t want to end up giving the wrong flowers to someone.
Roses are the most traditional flower to give on Valentine’s Day. As a whole, they symbolize love and affection, but their colors are what vary the meaning. Red roses are the symbol for love and romance. Pink roses convey grace and elegance. If you would rather show friendship, go with yellow roses. Other color roses that are appropriate to give a date are lavender and orange. Do not give your date white roses as these are typically given on a day to honor or remember someone who has passed away.
Tulips are beautiful flowers and are perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day with a long-term partner. Tulips are elegant flowers on their own as well as in flower arrangements. These flowers symbolize a perfect love. Red tulips are associated with true love so they are probably not the best flower to give someone that you just started dating. If you are currently fighting with your partner, bring them a few white tulips. White tulips convey forgiveness. Yellow tulips are also readily available, however, these are usually used as “get-well” flowers as they give an aura of cheerful thoughts. These are best left given to someone who is sick or may just need some good vibes that day.
Baby’s Breath are those little clusters of white flowers used in flower arrangements to give the bouquet some color and texture. But these have a meaning as well. Baby’s Breath looks great in an arrangement and means festivity or celebration. It tends to be fairly inexpensive so it is a great addition in your Valentine’s Day bouquet.
Personally, I hate carnations. If you are an avid Sex and the City fan, you may remember the episode where Charlotte’s blind date brought her carnations and she and Carrie were upset because they were deemed as “filler flowers.” I agree with them. However, they are durable and can look lovely when paired in different colors. The carnation is the “flower of love,” but these are better for giving to your mom or aunt. Stick to lighter pinks as these convey a sense of gratitude. Light red carnations are associated with admiration, but dark red shows a deeper sense of love and affection.
It can be tricky to pick the right flowers for your girl (or guy!) on Valentine’s Day, but if you purchase them at a local florist, it is easy to ask questions and make sure you are giving your loved one the bouquet with the right meaning. For an extensive list of different flower meanings, visit About Flowers or ProFlowers.