Roses are the traditional gift given on Valentines Day, but they are certain to be well-received any time of year. But before you buy roses, know what message you are sending.
The color of a rose can have a very different meaning from what you intend. To ensure that your love understands what the roses you bestow mean, check this guide to rose colors and their meanings:
Red roses proclaim “I love you.” They are the ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion. Florists can’t keep up with Valentine’s Day demand for red roses, which makes them especially expensive in February.
Yellow roses indicate friendship and freedom — so don’t send them if your intentions are romantic and long-lasting. Yellow roses are also appropriate for sending congratulations to newlyweds, graduates and new mothers.
Pale Pink Roses
Pale pink roses connote grace, gentleness, and gratitude.
Light Pink Roses
A joy to behold, light pink roses express fun and happiness.
Deep Pink Roses
Deep pink roses say “Thank you.” They have also come to be associated with the fight against breast cancer.
Lilac roses indicate the sender has fallen in love at first sight with the recipient and is enchanted.
Pure white roses symbolize truth and innocence. They also send other messages: “I miss you” and “You’re heavenly.”
Peach roses speak of appreciation and gratitude.
Coral roses express one thing with their passionate color: Desire.
Orange roses communicate enthusiasm and desire on the part of the sender.
Put two or more colors of roses together, and a new rose meaning arises:
White Roses + Yellow Roses
A symbol of harmony.
Red Roses + Yellow Roses
A message of happiness and celebration.
Red Roses + White Roses
An indication of bonding and harmony.
More rose symbolism
While roses are traditionally presented in bouquet form, these are also acceptable:
Single Red Rose
“I love you” (but I’m not going to go broke telling you).
Single Rose Any Color
“I thank you” (and I’m still not going to go broke saying so).
Two Roses Entwined
An engagement or marriage is imminent.
By Susan Breslow Sardone