Flower Etiquette 101: Arrangements For The Top 4 Occasions

Oct 28, 2021

Roses are red; violets are blue. Have you ever wondered why different flowers are used in specific contexts? Not just in poetry, but when you are looking to gift flowers to someone, you should know if the flowers symbolise what you mean for them too. Knowing what they represent could save you the trouble as well as from some potentially embarrassing circumstances.

However, there are just so many types of flowers that we have around the world. To help you, we’ve broken down the common occasions that call for gifting flowers and which flowers you could expect to get for each event.

Wedding flowers

Weddings are probably one of the few occasions that you will see a multitude of flowers on display. Depending on the couple’s tastes and the décor, the type and colours of the flowers could play an essential role in setting the ambience. Some couples may even choose their florals based on the season during which the wedding is held in.

Even though floral trends for weddings come and go, there are always some popular choices that you are bound to see. Red roses symbolise love and passion, while peonies symbolise a happy marriage and prosperity – these are just two flowers seen in bridal or bridesmaid flowers. Suppose you are looking to shy away from the norm, in that case, you could go for amaryllis as a symbol for love and determination, or hydrangeas which represent heartfelt emotion.

Valentine’s day

Valentine’s day is the day to celebrate love and show appreciation for your significant other by showering them with gifts. Traditionally, a bouquet of red roses will be given by a man to symbolise his undying love. Over the years, different shades of roses have grown in popularity. White roses represent the purity of love, whereas pink roses symbolise admiration. Apart from that, many also gift yellow roses to their closest friends as a symbol of friendship.


For so many reasons, flowers make a great birthday gift. A beautiful fresh flower arrangement can also elevate the other gifts you might be getting for your friend or family member. The flowers chosen in their bouquets are usually based on their favourite blooms or arranged in their favourite colour.

You could also choose the flowers based on their meanings. There are many choices to choose from: pink carnations symbolise gratitude, while geraniums represent comfort and true friendship. Additionally, the sweet appearance of forget-me-nots makes them perfect for a birthday floral bouquet.

Funeral services

To express condolences, many choose to send over a flower bouquet to offer respects for the bereaved family. For such solemn affairs, it’s crucial to know the appropriate flower choices that fit the occasion. White flowers are usually chosen to show respect for the family and the departed. Lilies are a common choice as they symbolise purity and innocence. White roses can also represent reverence for the departed.

If you would like to choose sympathy arrangements that are of colour, you could go for chrysanthemums in honour of a full life or orchids that display sympathy. However, before sending flowers, it would be best to check with the deceased’s family if they are comfortable with accepting them.


Flowers can speak for us when words fall short, each bloom telling a different story. Knowing the meanings behind each type of flower can help you navigate gifting for various occasions.

If you are looking for a thoughtful flower bouquet but unsure if it is fit for the occasion, get in touch with us, and we will be happy to help. Here at Nicole’s Flower, we offer an array of fresh flower arrangements for every occasion. If you would like to try something different, have a look at our available workshops to create your unique floral arrangement today!

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