Ultimate Guide to Gifting a Flower Bouquet

Flowers have long been seen as messengers of emotions, carrying sentiments that even words sometimes struggle to convey. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, expressing love, or simply letting someone know you care, a flower bouquet is a timeless and versatile gift! However, like any act of gift-giving, certain considerations must be kept in mind to ensure that your floral gifts are received with joy and appreciation. In this guide, we'll explore the world of flower gifts, aiming to equip you with the knowledge and insights needed to skillfully capture the precise message you wish to communicate - keep reading to begin on this floral exploration and learn more!

The language of flowers 

The art of expressing emotions through flowers, known as floriography, has a rich history dating back to ancient civilizations. From the passionate red roses to cheerful sunflowers and pure white lilies, each bloom tells a unique story and conveys a spectrum of feelings. In this section, we dive into the language of flowers, and explore the symbolisms behind some of the most popular ones.

Roses

Rose Bouquet

Roses are undoubtedly the most iconic and widely recognised flowers, with each hue delivering a personalised message to the recipient. A red rose bouquet for instance, signifies romance, love, and beauty, making it the perfect choice for anniversary flowers. Meanwhile, red rosebuds represent beauty and purity in their most budding form. On the other hand, yellow roses express feelings of friendship and joy. The white rose, associated with innocence and purity, is frequently included in bridal flower bouquets, adding a touch of pristine charm to wedding ceremonies. However, pink roses fall on a spectrum, with light pink conveying admiration and gratitude, and darker shades showing appreciation and recognition. It is this intricacy with every colour telling a different tale, that makes roses an ideal flora for a variety of occasions.

Sunflowers 

The sunflower gets its name from its habit of turning toward the sun, a behaviour associated with the ancient Greek myth of Apollo and Clytie. Clytie, a nymph, had feelings for Apollo, who fell for Leucothoe. Sparked by jealousy, Clytie spilled the beans to Leucothoe's father, who buried Leucothoe alive. In a fit of anger, Apollo turned Clytie into a flower, who then spent her days watching Apollo move the sun across the sky.

Today, sunflowers are easily recognisable and appreciated for their sunny charm. Symbolising adoration, sunflower bouquets are an excellent choice for expressing affection towards friends and family, be it as birthday flowers or for various celebrations. The vibrant yellow petals mirror the sun itself, radiating positivity and warmth, and can be a powerful way to convey feelings of admiration and steadfast loyalty. In addition to the emotions they embody, sunflowers also carry a practical message, turning their faces toward the sun and representing a sense of resilience and optimism even in times of challenges. 

Carnations 

Carnations, beyond their aesthetic allure, illustrate different meanings with each colour. White carnations represent purity and innocence, and are commonly used in wedding decorations to symbolise the couple’s pure love, while red carnations express deep love and admiration, ideal for romantic gestures. Pink carnations are great thank you flowers too as they convey appreciation. In fact, they are widely seen as sincere gifts of love and gratitude for mothers worldwide on Mother's Day. Lastly, yellow carnations symbolise friendship and joy between friends.

Lilies 

Lilies, native to the northern hemisphere, have a history dating back four thousand years when the Madonna lily was grown in Asia for medicinal purposes. With their graceful and elegant appearance, lilies are another flower with a rich variation of meanings. White lilies, in particular, symbolise purity and virtue, which explains their popularity for weddings and religious ceremonies. The delicate petals of pink lilies, however, offer a different interpretation, carrying messages of love, femininity, and admiration. Coupled with their captivating fragrance, they infuse any bouquet with a touch of sophistication, making them ideal for expressing tender emotions. 

Baby’s breath

Baby Breath Bouquet

Originating from Eurasia, Africa, and Australia, baby's breath found its place in American gardens in 1828, driven by Victorian gardeners' penchant for pristine white floral arrangements. Scientifically known as gypsophila, this name originates from the Greek words "gypsos," referring to gypsum-rich soils preferred by the plant, and "phileo," meaning love. The intriguing history of its name adds to its allure, with some speculating that it emerged to accentuate the plant's dainty, delicate blooms.

Despite often serving as a filler in floral arrangements, the baby's breath carries great symbolism in the language of flowers. Conveying enduring love, it is frequently included in wedding bouquets, representing the promise of everlasting devotion. Additionally, its association with innocence also makes baby breath bouquets a delightful choice for baby showers, as well as a gift for new mothers. 

Hydrangeas 

According to Japanese folklore, the association of hydrangeas with heartfelt emotion, gratitude, and apology originated when an emperor, consumed by his duties, neglected the woman he loved. To express his remorse and gratitude for her understanding, he presented her family with hydrangeas as a gesture of reconciliation. However, hydrangeas have been found to have a rich history beyond Japan. Fossils dating back millions of years indicate their presence in North America, and they arrived in Europe in 1736 when a colonist brought a North American variety to England.

The symbolism of hydrangeas transcends cultures, with their various colours conveying profound meanings. Pink hydrangeas evoke heartfelt emotion and affection, while blue ones express regret and apology, reminiscent of the Japanese emperor's remorse. Meanwhile, purple hydrangeas deliver the giver’s deep desire to truly understand and connect with the receiver.

Tulips

Tulips Bouquet

Like all the other blooms, tulips and its colours also come with a range of definitions. While their identity as springtime flowers often signify renewal and fresh starts, they are most commonly known to communicate a deep and lasting love. Among them, red tulips symbolise affection, passion, and romance, while pink tulip bouquets are a thoughtful way to convey congratulations—they represent care, confidence, and best wishes—making them perfect for events like graduations too. White tulips on the other hand, stand for purity, forgiveness, and peace.

Orchids 

Orchids, renowned for their breathtaking appearance and diverse range of hues, have long been seen as symbols of elegance, luxury, and refinement. Originating from tropical regions, the blooms were the epitome of wealth, status, and beauty, and regarded highly among ancient civilizations.

Orchids continue to captivate with their intricate shapes and vibrant colours, each variety carrying its own unique significance. White orchids, for instance, embody purity and innocence, while pink orchids exude grace, joy, and femininity. Meanwhile, purple orchids symbolise royalty, admiration, and respect, making them a favoured choice for expressing respect towards loved ones or colleagues. Beyond their aesthetic allure, orchids are believed to bring good feng shui, enhancing the harmony and positivity within a home. By strategically placing orchids in various areas, one can cultivate an atmosphere conducive to fostering love and understanding among family members.

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10 Best design flower gifts

From grand opening celebrations to intimate moments of love and appreciation, JM Floral Creation is dedicated to crafting floral arrangements that perfectly complement every occasion. Let's explore the top 10 floral designs that showcase JM Floral Creation's commitment to floral excellence!

Triumph Tidings

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Symbolising new beginnings and boundless opportunities, Triumph Tidings is a floral masterpiece that is sure to turn heads! Bursting with colour, this arrangement features 18 Gerberas, 5 Ginger Flowers, and 5 Rose sprays, beautifully arranged on a wooden tripod. Standing at 170cm tall and 80cm wide, it’s undoubtedly a striking way to convey your well wishes and congratulations.

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Bloomful Cheers

Grand-Opening-Flower-Stand

The Bloomful Cheers floral stand is another vibrant display of celebration and accomplishment. Adorned with 9 Gerberas, 9 Roses, and 10 Snapdragons, standing gracefully at 170cm tall, this arrangement represents the anticipation of future milestones and the acknowledgment of accomplishments attained. 

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Lizbeth

Rose-Basket

Want to express your love and deep admiration for someone special? Look no further than Lizbeth! This exquisite arrangement consists of a delightful combination of Roses, Tulips, Carnations, and assorted flowers elegantly arranged in a charming brown basket. Measuring approximately 30 cm in height and 35 cm in width, its compact size makes it great as a charming display of affection anywhere! 

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Ellie

Hydragea-Basket

Inspired by the timeless allure of Korean floral aesthetics, Ellie exudes warmth, grace, and understated elegance. Set within a rustic brown basket, this arrangement features Hydrangeas, 2 Roses, 2 Tulips, and an array of complementary blooms, each chosen for its symbolic significance and aesthetic appeal. Be it to convey gratitude, celebrate birthdays, or various special occasions, you can be sure it’ll be a captivating addition to any space. It has an approximate 40 cm height and 45cm width.

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Dreams Achieved

Sunflower-Bouquet

As graduates embark on new adventures and embrace the promise of tomorrow, the Dreams Achieved bouquet serves as a celebration of accomplishment and academic milestones. Hand-tied with care and adorned with 3 Sunflowers and 3 Carnations, this bouquet measuring approximately 60 cm in height and 40 cm in width will deliver your heartiest congratulations!

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Hadley

Birthday-Bouquet

Brighten someone's day with the Hadley bouquet, perfect for birthdays, thank-you gestures, or expressions of love! With a single Hydrangea, 6 Roses, and an assortment of complementary blooms, this bouquet is a versatile and timeless flower gift that radiates warmth and sincerity. It measures approximately 50 cm in height and 40 cm in width.

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Everly

Rose-Bouquet

Simple yet stunning, the Everly rose bouquet of approximately 40 cm height and 30 cm width is a classic expression of love and affection. Arranged with 6 Roses, 1 Tulip, and an array of complementary blooms, this bouquet is a tribute to cherished memories whether for birthdays, anniversaries, or moments of romance. 

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Orchid Grace

Orchid-Arrangements

With its delicate blooms and graceful presence, Orchid Grace brings a touch of botanical beauty to any space, making it perfect for house decor or housewarming gifts. It features two stalks of Orchid Phalaenopsis meticulously arranged within a refined ceramic pot, with dimensions of approximately 55 cm in height and 30 cm in width. 

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Felicity

Pink-Rose-Bouquet

Planning a grand gesture for the special lady in your life? This extravagant display is designed to bring your loved one on a journey of romance with 25 premium pink roses artfully arranged. With approximate dimensions of 65 cm in height and 50 cm in width, Felicity will surely serve as a breathtaking declaration of affection and devotion!

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Zen

Pink-Orchid

Amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life, Zen exudes a sense of quiet elegance and natural beauty. Featuring two Phalaenopsis orchids meticulously arranged alongside succulents, this arrangement is ideal as a gift or an addition to your home. It measures 35 cm in width and 60 cm in height.

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5 Ways to customise your bouquet with personal touches

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Adding personal touches to your bouquet isn't just about aesthetics; it's about incorporating your gift with deeper value and layers of meaning. Whether it's a handwritten note or an unexpected surprise tucked among the blooms, these personal touches can transform your flower bouquet from a simple arrangement into a treasured memento. Keep reading to learn how you can do so!

Handwritten notes

In a world dominated by digital communication, a handwritten message carries a unique charm and sincerity. That is why one of the most heartfelt ways to personalise a bouquet is by adding a handwritten note. Take the time to express your feelings, share cherished memories, or simply let the recipient know why they hold a special place in your heart. Long after the flowers have faded, a heartfelt note will remain as a lasting reminder of your thoughtfulness and affection.

Selecting flowers with special meanings

Each flower holds a unique significance, allowing them to convey thoughts even in the absence of words. When deciding on your bouquet, take a moment to reflect on the meanings associated with each bloom. For instance, roses speak volumes about love and passion, making them a classic choice for romantic gestures. On the other hand, sunflowers symbolise adoration and positivity, making them a fitting choice for expressing friendship. This attention to detail transforms your bouquet from a simple arrangement into a genuine reflection of your deepest emotions.

Incorporate fragrant herbs or foliage

Enhance your bouquet with the addition of fragrant herbs or foliage, introducing a subtle yet captivating element to the gift. For instance, herbs like lavender, known for its calming aroma, brings a sense of tranquillity, ideal for conveying peace or relaxation. Alternatively, foliage such as eucalyptus not only adds texture to a floral arrangement, but also emits a clean, minty scent, bringing clarity and freshness. By incorporating these fragrant elements, you enrich the bouquet, engaging not only the eyes but also the sense of smell.

Include an element of surprise

Why settle for the ordinary when you can turn your flower bouquet into an unforgettable experience? Consider including small gifts or coordinating a surprise visit when delivering the bouquet. This can be done by attaching balloons with warm wishes, tucking in a stuffed toy, or including a small trinket reflecting the recipient's likes or interests. These unexpected additions not only enhance the visual allure of your bouquet but will also spark bursts of joy and excitement! 

Customise the wrapping or presentation 

Don't underestimate the power of presentation when it comes to your bouquet! Take into account selecting wrapping paper or ribbons in the recipient's favourite colours or patterns, a rustic touch with burlap or twine for a countryside charm, or add a touch of luxury with satin ribbons and elegant bows. Elevate it further by incorporating elements such as a decorative vase, or a woven basket. These thoughtful additions not only enhance the visual appeal of your bouquet but also deliver an extra layer of personalisation and attention to detail. After all, it's the little details that make all the difference in creating something truly memorable.

Questions you may have

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Whether you're receiving a beautiful bouquet or preparing one for someone else, it's natural to have questions about their longevity, care, and even safety. Here, we address several common queries to help you maximise the joy and beauty of your floral arrangements!

How long can flowers last?

The longevity of flowers varies depending on various factors, including the type of flowers, their freshness upon purchase, and how well they're cared for. Generally, cut flowers can last up to 10 days. Some flowers naturally have longer lifespans than others. For instance, roses and carnations tend to last longer than delicate blooms like lilies or tulips. 

How should I care for my flowers?

When properly cared for, a flower bouquet can last for many days, giving you plenty of time to enjoy its beauty. As soon as the bouquet is delivered, take off any packaging and cut the stems at a 45-degree angle to aid with water absorption. To prevent bacteria from growing, remove any leaves that would come into contact with water. After which, place the flowers in the vase, making sure that water covers every stem. The bouquet should be kept out of direct sunlight and drafts in a cool, shaded area. Remember to also change the water every two days, re-trimming the stems each time to maintain optimal freshness. Additionally, providing flower food with every fresh flower order is a great way to ensure the longevity of the flowers. Flower food contains nutrients and additives that help nourish the flowers and keep them fresh for a longer period. It typically includes ingredients such as sugar to provide energy, citric acid to lower the pH of the water, and bleach to prevent bacterial growth.

How should I choose an ideal vase for my arrangement?

Choosing the ideal vase for your flower arrangement involves considering size, shape, and style. Tall, narrow vases suit long-stemmed flowers like roses, while wider, shallower vessels are perfect for mixed blooms. Additionally, you should ensure the vase complements both the flowers and your decor. Glass vases offer versatility, while ceramic ones add texture. By matching the vase to the flowers and space, you’ll be able to create a harmonious display that enhances the beauty of your arrangement.

Is there anything I should pay attention to if the recipient has babies or pets?

When sending or receiving flowers in households with babies or pets, it's essential to consider their safety. While many flowers are harmless, some can be toxic if ingested. Opt for non-toxic flowers such as roses, sunflowers, and orchids if there are concerns about curious pets or infants. Avoid toxic varieties like lilies and daffodils, which can cause gastrointestinal issues or more severe reactions if ingested. If you’re unsure about a particular flower's toxicity, it’s best to consult with an experienced florist on the right type you should choose. By prioritising safety and selecting non-toxic blooms, the beauty of flowers can be enjoyed without compromising the well-being of loved ones or furry friends.

I’d like to incorporate more greenery into my flower bouquet, how should I do so?

Greenery plays a crucial role in adding texture, volume, and visual interest to floral arrangements. Consider using foliage such as eucalyptus, ferns, or ivy as a base or filler to complement your flowers. You may also experiment with different leaf shapes, sizes, and textures to create dynamic and balanced arrangements that showcase the natural beauty of foliage. 

For instance, delicate ferns can provide an airy, ethereal quality to arrangements, while the bold leaves of eucalyptus offer a striking contrast and textural interest. Ivy, with its trailing vines, add a whimsical and romantic touch to both bouquets and centrepieces. Whether your style leans toward rustic charm or sophisticated elegance, integrating foliage can elevate your flower bouquets into captivating works of art, inspiring a deeper appreciation for the wonders of nature.

Conclusion

Whether celebrating a special occasion, showing appreciation, or simply bringing joy to a loved one's life, a carefully curated flower bouquet has the power to communicate sentiments and leave a lasting impression. Armed with these insights, you’ll be well on your way to confidently navigating the world of floral gifting, making each bouquet a thoughtful expression of your emotions!

Gifting your loved one with a flower gift? Look no further than JM Floral Creation to elevate your gifting experience - reach out today and learn how our team of floral experts can help create something beautiful and personalised to celebrate all of life's special moments! 

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