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Other flowers have their place in romance, but roses are the go-to for most romantic interactions, because their color range and the representative colors are excellent for this purpose.
You may also choose carnations, which have a similar color selection, or a mixed bouquet. Just be mindful of the colors in the bouquet when you purchase.
Know the Colors of the Roses You Buy
Roses come in many colors and varying shades of the common colors. Each of these colors (and often their varying shades or variations) represent something different in a relationship.
Flowers, for quite some time in history, had a language all their own. One could send a flower to someone they knew and the flower itself sent a message. This is, in part, the reason that we give flowers to our lovers. The colors and the types of flowers that you give to your sweetheart, your mother, your siblings, or your friends should vary depending on the sentiment you are attempting to express.
This article deals only with the colors of the flowers being sent, and specifically handles roses. You will find references throughout the article to the flower language with links to help you to find what you're looking for if you're interested in the specific language of flowers.
You should take take care to purchase the correct color, particularly with roses, because some of even the most beautiful colors represent emotions you don't want to convey to a sweetheart in particular. The giving of pink roses, for example, is associated with the giver saying "thank you" to the recipient. The giving of a thornless rose indicates that the giver fell in love at first sight with the recipient.
For Valentine's Day, roses are the preferred flower, and mixed bouquets (particularly with baby's breath and carnations) are another excellent choice. Mixing your rose color choices is not preferred, as it conveys a mixed sentiment.
Red Is the Color of Passion
When choosing red roses, remember that red is the color of passion. This is one of the reasons that it is associated with romance at Valentine's Day and with rose colors: Because romantic love is also often passionate.
If you are looking to convey a feeling of steady romantic love, you may wish to instead opt for pink.
What Do Red Roses Mean?
Red roses have come to symbolize romantic love. The color red (in general) is a high-energy color that compels us to passion. It is symbolically used in magical rituals relating to fertility because its wavelength increases passionate feelings. This passion can be romantic (sexual) or it can be related to other project that you wish to give a boost. When choosing red roses, you should consider the symbolism of the color as well as the symbolism of the flower itself. These are a tremendous choice for Valentine's Day and your sweetheart is sure to appreciate a bouquet of red roses.
If you like, you may flip through the thumbnail images above. The captions give information about what the different numbers of flowers represent. It can be fun to play with the numbers of flowers in your bouquet. For those men planning on proposing this year, consider two red roses entwined with one another: It's a romantic way of asking her to marry you!
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Pink Is the Color of Love
Pink is the color of innocent love. It represents a beautiful, fresh love and a pureness of emotion. It is a way of saying "I love you" to your partner and pink may make your sweetheart feel your love.
What Do Pink Roses Mean?
In flowers, pink is the color of joy and youthfulness. It's a way to say "I admire you" or "I appreciate you" (good for girls giving flowers to their boyfriends or husbands!). It is also the color of youthfulness and pure joy. For this reason, the pink color of a rose blossom represents young and innocent love, before the relationship has blossomed into an erotic love. A pink rose bouquet is a way of saying to your girlfriend or wife that being around her is pure bliss. These are a great choice for expression your appreciation for everything your sweetheart does in your relationship, and for her being there for you.
These are a particularly good choice for teenagers in romantic relationships as they express the type of love parents usually hope their teens will have.
Yellow Is the Color of Happiness
Yellow is a highly energetic color which is associated with happiness, making it a great color for friends and friendship. Sending yellow roses says "you make me happy."
What Do Yellow Roses Mean?
Yellow roses aren't a romantic rose: In fact, they may suggest to your lover that you are attempting to end your relationship with him or her. Due to their association with friendship, yellow roses suggest "Let's be just friends." They are also associated with jealousy, another reason they may be a "break up rose." It would be unwise to purchase a yellow rose bouquet for your Valentine this year: Stick to the pink and the red in order to send the correct message, and save the yellow roses for your friends instead of for your sweetheart. The results could be disastrous if you send a break-up bouquet!
Rose Color Meanings Part 1: Red, Pink and Yellow
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White Is the Color of Purity
White is the color of purity and innocence. It is very clean and therefore the white roses represent youthful and innocent love (much like pink).
What Do White Roses Mean?
White has two strong meanings in rose language. The first meaning is the simplest, and the most obvious: White is pure, and the roses represent a pure and innocent love, the idea that you'll wait for the time to be right, for your partner to be ready. These roses say to your partner "I'm worthy of you" or "it's worth the wait." Once more, these are a good rose for teenage sweethearts wishing to convey the strong message that "love waits."
Additionally, white roses also represent secrecy. The delivery of a white rose (or roses) says that you have a secret love affair that you're hiding. White roses may be a way of communicating with an inappropriate lover.
Orange Is the Color of Attraction
With its combination of yellow and red, orange is the color of attraction. It mixes the energy and passion of red with the bright happiness of yellow, and is a good color to use for a Valentine if you're hoping to express a desire to deepen your relationship.
What Do Orange Roses Mean?
Orange combines the colors red and yellow. Red is a color of great energy, representing passion and often inciting feelings of passion and erotic love in the people surrounded by red. Yellow, on the other hand, is a color of happiness. When the two combine, desire is a logical conclusion of this combination.
These are beautiful roses and make an excellent choice for giving to a new sweetheart, particularly if you wish to indicate a desire to move from one phase of a relationship to the next. You're saying to her that she is worthy and that you desire to be with her on a deeper level.
Orange roses are particularly beautiful if mixed with a lighter peach (desire and sincerity mixed together) or with red roses (indicating a passionate desire for your lover).
Purple Is the Color of Magic
Purple is the color of magic, and therefore it should be no surprise that lavender roses represent enchantment with a lover.
What Do Purple Roses Mean?
Lavender (or purple) roses signify enchantment with a lover. To define enchantment, this word is referring to a near-supernatural love affair with another person. When you give lavender roses to your sweetheart, you're saying that your affection transcends and is difficult to understand, but real to you. It could be said that this is a somewhat obsessive rose color.
Rose Color Meanings Part 2: White, Peach and Lavender
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