Just about every occasion can warrant flowers. You see them at weddings decorating the venue and in the bride’s bouquet as she walks down the aisle. You see them being brought as gift for a first date. They’re sent for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and Mother’s Day. You also see them displayed at funeral homes when someone passes away and you are celebrating their life. Did you ever know though that each flower has a different meaning and sends a different message? If you’re using flowers to send a message, whether it’s “I love you” or “I’m sorry for your loss”, you want to make sure you sending the right message. After all, “I love you” and “I’m sorry for your loss” aren’t messages that you would want to confuse.
First and foremost, you want to think about the message that you want to send. Are you trying to say “I love you!”? Are you trying to communicate that someone lights up your day? If you’re not someone who is good with words, then just go with the feeling that you want to give the other person. Do you want them to feel beautiful? Do you want them to feel appreciated? Do you want them to feel perfect and without flaws? Whatever it is, just identify it.
Then you move on to the actual messages that flowers send. Here’s a list of some of the most common. You can use these to decide which flowers would be best. Perhaps you’ll go with one of the flowers, or you could also choose a few to go in the bouquet.
Carnation (Red) – Though carnations are often thought to be the flower of funerals, a red one actually means fascination, interest, and admiration. So, ladies or gentlemen, if you happen to get a red carnation, don’t give the guy or girl a hard time. They’re speaking flower!
Carnation (White) – A white carnation means sweet, lovely, endearing. So, they’d be acceptable to give someone that you like. But if you really REALLY like them, spring for a red carnation, or a rose. Especially since the white carnation are often seen at funerals. They’re kind of like a “friend zone” flower.
Daffodil – A daffodil says joy, high regard, and loveliness. They’re a sweet flower that you could possibly give you mom, grandmother, or daughter just to say “You’re pretty darn lovely!” Husbands, they’re okay to give your wife, too.
Daisy – A daisy is a flower of innocence. You’ll often see children with daisies in their hair. They’re okay to give to just about anyone. They’re seen everywhere from birthday bouquets to wedding flowers.
Lily of the Valley – These flowers send a message of happiness or the return of happiness. This could be looked at in two ways. 1—Celebrating someone’s life after they pass or 2—Celebrating someone overcoming something big in their lives and being happy once again.
Feeling a bit more educated in the language of flowers? Good. The only thing that can prove to be difficult is that some flowers can be out of season. Because of this, you should head to a florist who is trained in the flower language and can give you a great flower substitute for what you were trying to say. Just make sure you’re sending the right message.