Monthly Archives: May 2017

  • The Symbolic Meanings of Funeral Flowers

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    Losing a loved one is never easy. Many people wish they could have one more conversation with the person that has passed, and although that’s not possible, there is a way for you to tell the deceased how you truly felt about him or her. The funeral flowers that you choose will speak volumes about your feelings for your loved one. What do you want to say to him or her? Find out the meaning behind these popular funeral flowers so you know which ones you should choose:

    Lilies

    If you’ve ever attended a loved one’s funeral before, you’ve probably noticed that many of the floral arrangements were filled with lilies. Lilies are one of the most popular funeral flowers because they symbolize innocence and purity of the soul that has recently left this world. Although these flowers come in many different colors, white is the preferred choice for funerals.

    Roses

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    Roses are traditionally associated with romance and passion, but they are also appropriate for funerals. There are many different colors of roses, and each color has a unique meaning. In a funeral setting, red roses symbolize love and grief. White roses, similar to white lilies, symbolize innocence and purity. If the person who has passed away was a close friend, you may want to consider sending an arrangement of yellow roses, as these represent friendship. Light pink roses are typically not used at funerals, but there is a rare shade of dark pink that can be used to show your gratitude for everything that the deceased has given to you.

    Carnations

    Florists often use carnations to create funeral wreaths because of their bold colors, affordability, and of course, their symbolic meaning. Just like roses, each color of carnations has its own meaning, so choose wisely as you select flowers for your loved one’s funeral. Red carnations are often used to show affection, while white carnations show innocence and rebirth. If the deceased was Catholic or Christian, it may be appropriate to send pink carnations because it is believed that the Virgin Mary created these flowers with her tears.

    Orchids

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    Orchid plants may not look as impressive as a giant arrangement of roses or carnations, but they hold a deep meaning for those that are grieving over the loss of a loved one. At a funeral, an orchid plant symbolizes your everlasting love for the deceased. If you are giving an orchid plant to someone to express your condolences, it is recommended that you choose a white or pink orchid since these symbolize sympathy.

    Chrysanthemums

    One of the most popular funeral flowers throughout the world is the chrysanthemum. The meaning behind these flowers varies depending on the country. For example, people in Asian countries such as Korea and Japan view the chrysanthemum as a symbol of death and grief. In the U.S., chrysanthemums are seen as a symbol of truth. Regardless of where you live, this is a great choice for funeral flowers and is often included in floral arrangements with other popular flowers.

    Gladioli

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    The gladioli is a timeless choice for funeral flowers, and should be used when the person who has passed away had great integrity and character. These flowers typically represent strength, strong moral values, and sincerity. Gladioli come in a wide variety of colors, but each color does not have its own meaning, so feel free to choose whichever you think is best.

    Daffodils and Tulips

    A funeral is hardly a cause for celebration, so you may be wondering why these bright and colorful flowers are often used at funerals. Both daffodils and tulips begin to bloom in the spring, and as a result they are often associated with renewal and new beginnings. Sending an arrangement with daffodils or tulips to the family members of the person who has passed away is similar to sending a card with words of encouragement. It tells them that they will get through this difficult time and find happiness again—and that you will be right by their side every step of the way.

    Violets

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    Violets were used throughout literature, including in Shakespeare’s Ophelia, to symbolize a death that came too soon. If a loved one passed away unexpectedly at a young age, it may be appropriate to incorporate violets into the funeral flowers.

    Hyacinth

    The meaning of the hyacinth flower can be traced all the way back to ancient Greek mythology. Apollo, the god of the sun, adored a boy named Hyakinthos, who was tragically killed by Zephyr, the god of the west wind. After his death, beautiful flowers grew around Hyakinthos’s body, and Apollo named these flowers hyacinths after the boy whom he deeply cared about. Based on this story, many florists use hyacinths to symbolize a sense of deep sorrow and longing for the person who has passed away.

    Forget Me Nots

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    It’s not hard to guess what these flowers symbolize based on their name alone. Choose forget me nots if you would like to tell the deceased that you will always remember him and that he will live on in your memories forever.

    Camellia

    Camellia flowers are breathtakingly beautiful because of their delicate petals and elegance. This flower symbolizes perfection, refinement, and excellence, so it is ideal for funerals of those you admired or truly respected.

    Magnolias

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    Bold and beautiful white magnolias typically represent dignity and perseverance. These flowers are usually associated with the southern United States, so you may not see them at funerals in other regions of the country.

    Hibiscus

    The tropical hibiscus flower is a unique choice for funerals, but it is appropriate in some situations. Hibiscus flowers are brightly colored and feminine, and for this reason they are often used at funerals for a beloved mother, sister, daughter, or wife. They symbolize femininity, a quiet strength, and a delicate beauty.

    Now that you know the meaning behind these popular funeral flowers, you can choose an arrangement that is appropriate for the relationship you had with the deceased. Use these flowers to express what’s in your heart and say a final farewell to your friend or family member.

  • Prom Etiquette Guide: How to Buy the Right Corsage

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    As spring comes into full bloom and begins to make it way towards the glorious days of summer, it’s time for two time-honored school traditions: graduation and prom.

    For many teenagers, prom is one of the most exciting and memorable nights of their life. The high school dance is a chance to make unforgettable memories with their friends and high school sweethearts. One of the most beloved prom traditions is that of the corsage -- the small flower arrangement that adorns a girl’s wrist or collar and is given to her by her date. The corsage is often paired with a boutonniere, a small floral arrangement that goes on the lapel of a suit. Typically, the boutonniere and corsage are in matching or complementary colors or flower arrangements, but that can depend on the coordination of the pair.  If you’re going solo to prom or prefer to select your corsage yourself, there’s no saying you can’t buy your own as well!

    What Corsage to Buy

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    There are many options when it comes to a corsage -- you can buy a premade corsage, work with a florist to order a custom design, or even go in a totally different direction and order a plastic corsage. Plastic flowers are growing in popularity as a way to promote reusable corsages and they can be ordered from various online retailers.

    However, if you’re going to buy the real thing you still have my decisions to make. If you’ve left the corsage to the last minute, you can buy a premade design from a florist and hope for the best. But the most polite and best option is to work with a florist on a custom design.

    Though carnations and roses are the most common flowers for a corsage or boutonniere, the sky is truly the limit when it comes to selecting the flowers for your design. Do your research and come to the florist with ideas and they can help steer you in the right direction. Bold and bright colors are very in right now for corsages, as they complement the youthful vibe and energy of prom night. Statement pieces that make use of a variety of textures and details are all the rage right now.

    The most important thing to consider when purchasing a corsage is what your date is wearing. A corsage (and a boutonniere) should match and complement your date’s gown and your tux.So even if you’re going with a pre-made design, be sure the flower and ribbon colors match or complement your date’s outfit. The last thing you want is to present her with a corsage that clashes terribly with her dress. There are many ways to avoid this -- ask your dress for a swatch of fabric from the dress or a photo of the gown to share with the florist (you’ll need it anyway if you’re planning to match your tux). Or if you don’t mind the corsage not being a surprise, you can even bring your date with you to the flower shop to choose the proper ribbon and flower colors.

    There are many options when it comes to the color selection -- you can pick flowers that naturally blossom in hues that complement/match the dress or you can choose a flower that can be easily dyed, such as a carnation. You may also choose to opt for a neutral hue, such as white, and use ribbon and other accessories to match the gown. Consider any number of options, from including rhinestones in the arrangement to match the sparkle on your date’s dress to dyeing a carnation nearly any shade to match.

    If you’re deciding between a wrist or a shoulder corsage, consider your date’s dress -- shoulder corsages can be very heavy, so if they’re wearing a strapless gown, it’s best you opt for a wrist corsage. Otherwise, you may have nowhere to pin it! In general, wrist corsages are more popular nowadays anyway, but you can always ask your date what she prefers.

    Besides the color of the gown, feel free to ask your date about her likes and dislikes before finalizing your choices. Be sure you’re not buying her a corsage featuring blooms she hates. Most importantly, find out if there’s any flowers or plants that your date is allergic to and tell your florist. The last thing you want is your date to have itchy eyes or be sneezing all night because of your corsage.

    When to Buy a Corsage

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    You should allow ample time for your corsage, whether you’re ordering online and need to allow for shipping time or buying directly from a florist. Prom is a very busy time of year for florists (in addition to all the prom orders, they’re also often handling Mother’s Day and graduation requests, as well as heading into wedding season). Therefore, you need to give them plenty of time to ensure you’re getting the best work. If you want to purchase a pre-made corsage, visit the shop a week prior to the dance to place your order, but be aware that the choices will be limited (and call ahead to be sure the florist you’re visiting sells them). Do not go into a florist the same day as the prom and expect them to make miracles happen.

    If you’re buying a custom corsage, place your order a minimum of two weeks in advance. This will give the florist plenty of time to order the proper materials (and flowers) and make your corsage. You won’t pick up the corsage until the morning of the dance to ensure the flowers are of optimum freshness, but planning ahead is key. Once you pick up the corsage, store it in the refrigerator or a cool place until you give it to your date to keep the petals looking fresh and beautiful.

    How Much is a Corsage?

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    Corsages can really range in price, from as cheap as $20 to as high as $50. Boutonnieres run a bit cheaper and hover in the $10-12 range, but they’re less involved and typically only feature one central flower. The type of bloom and the ornateness of the design will largely inform the price point. If you’re on a tight budget, be upfront with your florist when you place your order. They may advise you to order a pre-made design or to pick a less pricey design. Don’t wait until you go to pick up your corsage and then be shocked by the price tag. Discuss what blooms and designs will cost in advance and plan or adjust your designs accordingly.

    How to Wear the Corsage or Boutonniere

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    It is traditional for people to present their dates with their corsage or boutonniere prior to departing for the prom. Many families enjoy taking photos of their daughters receiving corsages from their dates and pinning their boutonnieres on. Etiquette and tradition state that a corsage should be worn on the left side (either the left wrist or left shoulder strap), but ultimately, placement and how you wear is up to personal preference. Many left-handed people prefer to wear their corsage on their right hand.

    The most important thing is that you wear the corsage and express admiration and appreciation for your date’s selection. Odds are they dedicated at least some thought to the process and you should let them know you appreciate their effort. Depending on the bloom and the size of the arrangement, corsages may start to come apart over the course of the evening depending on how vigorously you’re dancing. Don’t fret if your petals turn slightly brown or blooms fall off during the course of the evening -- it’s natural wear and tear.

    Many wish to save their corsage as a memento of their special evening. Place it in a cool, dry place when you return home and allow it to completely dry out before storing it in a more permanent location as a keepsake.

    A corsage can be a special memory and symbol of an unforgettable night -- be sure to pick the perfect one!

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