Choosing the Perfect Flower for Every Occasion
Finding the perfect flower for a friend or loved one goes well beyond what simply looks good. Sure, choosing something visually appealing is definitely a must – but the ultimate blooms crave a little more thought than just that. Thinking outside the box when it comes to flower choosing is a talent not everyone naturally acquires, but with some understanding about what the perfect flower should achieve you could be finding the right bunch easily.
They say that for every job, there is a right tool and flowers and occasions are no different. But just because a bunch of blooms look fresh, pretty and colourful; it doesn’t mean to say they’re right for the occasion. Flowers are fluent in their own language and have the power to send the wrong message. Complete with distinct meanings that aren’t nearly as complex as our female brains, it’s essential to find out just what your choice of flower actually signifies.
Date nights are crucial to detach from the busy lifestyles most of us live. Whether it’s just dinner and few vinos at home just the two of you or you’re going for a romantic night out, being surprised with a bunch of flowers just tops it off. If you’re only a few dates in and want to show your interest, keep things pleasant but not overwhelming. Purple orchids or some bright dandelions are ideal. For those couples who’ve been going steady for some time, the traditional red rose is always a winner or opt for red tulips, white gardenias or blue or pink gerberas.
Seasonal blooms are great for anniversaries because you can take the pick of the crop for that month. Spring and summer are loaded with vivid colours whereas the cooler months showcase the deeper, warm tones. There’s also specific flowers for each anniversary month which you can choose, then pick a colour that’s best suited for the occasion and your loved one. For example; carnations are the first year anniversary bloom because they represent vows of commitment and joy for the next few years. The strength and loyalty of sunflowers represent third year anniversaries and 11 years go hand-in-hand with tulips – the bloom of love, devotion and deep passion. Put together in a stunning flower bouquet and voila!
Like anniversaries, wedding flowers tend to be very seasonal. The colour is usually picked based on the choice of dresses and overall colour theme of the event and the flower type dependant on the month you’re getting married. Calla lilies, tulips, hydrangeas, sweet peas and gardenias are some of the most popular options for weddings. To choose the best flowers for your big day, it’s encouraged to pick the dress first and your bridesmaids so you can consider the exact colours. Don’t necessarily pick the exact colour of the dress for the flowers though. Using accent colours that complement each other will work better for photos. Bouquets should be comfortable and hardy too, after all – you will be holding it for most of the day!
If you know the recipient’s favourite colour or flower, start with that. For those that don’t there’s a handy list of flowers that correspond to each month for birthdays, just like birthstones. If you’re unsure it’s always a good idea to go with a specific birthday bloom. June’s birthday flower is the honeysuckle or the rose, marigolds for October, daffodils for March and violets for February, just to name a few. If you’re giving birthday flowers to a friend rather than a significant other, yellow is always an ideal colour – just avoid giving yellow carnations if their birthday falls in January.
The month of love! The colour side of things should be easy here – think vivid reds and bright pinks. If the relationship has just begun, purple lavender roses are ideal. For the longer heart throbs, red tulips communicate love. Roses have become a popular choice for Valentine’s Day because they symbolise love, both the colour and the flower choice. If you want something a little different though, pink blossoms are ideal or the Peruvian lilly which is long-lasting and easy to find. Try and pick a flower that reflects your date’s personality to add a unique touch and avoid yellow blooms as these symbolise friendships.
Like V-Day, reds and pinks are great for Mother’s Day to show love and admiration. Carnations, pink roses, white daisies combined with pink tulips or lilies make for a great bunch of blooms. Pink gerbera daisies are perfect for adding a cheerful touch or for something outside of the box, opt for a jasmine which symbolises grace and elegance or exotic pink orchids.
Get Well Wishes
When someone is sick, bright and cheerful flowers are always bound to cheer them up. Add healthy greenery to the bunch to give it an extra touch too. If they’re in hospital, be careful with flowers that are highly fragrant. Assorted arrangements are a safe option if you don’t know them too well, or purple or blue irises. Brightly coloured house plants or marigolds are perfect if they’re in the comfort of their home. Flowers and arrangements for children should boast a youthful look and come complete with a get well balloon.
Funeral and Sympathy
Yellow daylilies are popular for funerals because they represent the soul leaving the body, despite yellow usually being a colour to stay away from in funerals. White roses and chrysanthemums are good options as well. Colour is just as important as flower choice for funerals. Stay away from oranges and reds and select comforting colours like blues and greens. Once the funeral is over and the grieving process has started, brighter colours are appropriate like yellows and purples are perfect for sending to their home. Think daisies, lilies, carnations, orchid plants and gladiolas.
Sometimes we don’t even need a special occasion to surprise someone with flowers – and everyone should get even a small bunch sometimes, just because! Choose these types of blooms based on the recipient’s favourite colour or known flower. If you don’t know the details, find out flower meanings and choose something that represents this along with their personality and it’s hard to go wrong. Or simply contact us here at Manic Botanic and we are more than happy to make suggestions.