Saturday, January 2, 2010

Color of Roses

Red is the most commonly given color of roses. Red signifies love and passion. True red is the rose for lovers. Fiery red roses signify passion, while cardinal red symbolizes desire. Fully bloomed red roses best convey the message “I still love you,” while red rose buds are a way to express love for the first time.

Yellow roses signify friendship, familiar love, and domestic happiness. Yellow roses are also sometimes given as an expression of sympathy. A bouquet of yellow roses would be appropriate to give to a graduate upon graduation day or as a congratulatory gesture. Yellow roses are perfect for someone with a cheerful spirit.

Pink roses are symbolic of elegance, gentility, and poetic romance, yet they are not given the intense significance of red rose love. Pink roses are understood to be light-hearted and can signify admiration. Light pink signifies sympathy and friendship, while dark pink is symbolic of thankfulness and deep appreciation.

White roses sometimes adorn a bride-to-be on her wedding day. They symbolize unity, sincerity, loyalty, purity, and love stronger than death. White roses are sometimes mixed with red roses to emphasize love.

Orange roses symbolize an expression of pride or amazement, while peach roses symbolize appreciation and desire. A bouquet of orange roses would be appropriate for a graduate or to commemorate a promotion, while peach could express sincere appreciation for someone’s accomplishments.

Purple roses represent majestic glory and can symbolize eternal love, while lavender or lilac roses signify love at first sight or the beginning of true feelings. Purple roses are appropriate for wedding anniversaries beyond 25 years and as memorial flowers for a lost spouse. Deep purple roses should be reserved for intimate situations.

Black roses are symbolic of death. Many people view black roses as an omen, but they can signify change or rejuvenation on the horizon, as some rose buds appear black but then bloom into crimson red. The meaning of black roses may not be understood or well received as a gift, so you should avoid this color if you are at all unsure of the recipient’s beliefs.

These are just traditional defenitions to signify the color of roses, do not take it to the extreme that you change your wedding or event colors due to a defenition (smile) because you can give your own meaning to any flower!

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