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How to Choose the Perfect Graduation Flowers for Your Favorite Graduate May 22, 2018 08:49

Los Angeles FloristYou've sat through all the speeches and the roll-call of names. The moment where you greet your special graduate for the first time finally arrives.  Presenting them with a gift of graduation flowers is the perfect way to show you are both happy for them and bursting with pride.

They also have the added bonus of adding a splash of color and festiveness to your graduation photos!

With so many flowers to choose from, picking the right bouquet for the occasion can feel overwhelming.

This helpful guide for what kind of flowers for graduation to choose can take the stress out of the decision.

Use Colors for a Festive Look

One of the advantages of giving flowers as a gift is the vast variety of colors they come in. Presenting your new grad with a burst of bright, colorful blooms will match the celebratory feel of the moment. It is hard to go wrong with a mix of blue, pink, white, red or yellow flowers.

You could also choose flowers to match the colors of the school. Most schools have adopted a pair of compatible colors, which makes it easy to create an arrangement limited to just those two.

Unless, of course, one of the school's color is black.

And yet you could still wow your graduate with an arrangement including some black dahlias, black pansies (neither of which are actually black, but rather a deep purple), or purple calla lily.

Convey a Message Through Blossoms

You can also take advantage of the special language of flowers, as almost all symbolize their own unique sentiment.

Have fun with choosing flowers that symbolize something appropriate for a graduate. Here are a few suggestions for the best flowers for graduation:

Roses

You can never go wrong with a classic bouquet of graduation roses. Red roses send a clear message of love. The meaning of other colors is not as well known.

White roses symbolize new beginnings and pink are symbols of admiration. Sending a bunch of yellow roses used to be an accusation of infidelity, but now they are more commonly associated with friendship and joy.

Bird of Paradise

These flowers manage to capture all the emotions of this significant milestone. They symbolize joyfulness. They also are used to convey a message of excitement and wonderful anticipation.

Carnations

Some say these flowers are symbols of love, with red carnations also sending a message of admiration. You should probably stay away from yellow carnations, as some say these are symbols of disappointment or rejection. Hardly the message you want to send to your graduate!

Irises

Different colors of irises send different messages. Purple means wisdom and compliments while white conveys hope and faith.

Daffodils

A bunch of these bright yellow blossoms indicates joy and happiness as well as new beginnings. But don't give just one, as this predicts misfortune.

Long-Lasting Gifts

If you want to present the graduate with a gift that will last long after the celebration is over, consider giving them a plant.

And don't worry that a houseplant won't seem festive enough. There are many beautiful and colorful options available. For example, orchids make for a particularly elegant gift. Despite their exotic appearance, they are no more difficult to care for than other typical houseplants.

Another approach is to try something symbolic, such as some lucky bamboo. These plants bring a quiet serenity to their surroundings. One stalk means truth, three is for new beginnings, and five represents wealth.

If you want something more colorful, you could also send flowering plants. Chrysanthemums and African Violets are festive and will continue to flower for months and even years.

Finally, for those who prefer more understated plants, succulents are very popular these days and can fit in with any decor.

Graduation Flowers for a Party

For a celebration following the ceremony, you will want to use flowers in vibrant colors and eye-catching displays. Bouquets for right after the ceremony need to be easy to carry and not ostentatious. But flowers that are part of the party decorations can be as bountiful as you like.

A centerpiece of flowers that match the school's colors would work well with the other decorations.

You could also create a large display of flowers that can be given as party favors to the guests at the end of the event. Choose flowers that stand well on their own, such as roses, carnations, lilies, and sunflowers.

What About Flowers for Boys?

Presenting flowers to girls as a graduation gift is a common practice. But not so much for boys. Some may even feel a little awkward if presented with a large bouquet of roses.

But just because they are not traditional recipients of blooms doesn't mean boys should have to miss out completely on this gesture of love and celebration.

If you want to present graduation flowers to the boys of the class, consider giving out leis. The practice started in Hawaii but has now spread to all regions of the U.S. Boys and girls alike are presented with necklaces of flowers.

Because they are typically presented when someone is leaving or arriving, they are quite fitting as a graduation gift. They can be symbolic of both leaving school and embarking on a new phase of life.

Many leis are made from strings of orchids, but other flowers can be used as well. Lilies, roses, tulips, and even leaves all make beautiful leis.

Sending Flowers to the Long-Distance Graduate

For those times when you are not able to attend the graduation ceremony, you can still present the graduate with a graduation flower bouquet.

You can check the delivery area of your favorite florist to make sure they can take care of your order.

One nice bonus of having flowers delivered is they will come beautifully arranged and in an attractive container. You don't have to limit yourself to flowers. Balloons, chocolate, and plush animals also make great graduation gifts.

Order in Person or Online

Although same-day delivery is possible, you may want to check with your florist in advance about availability. Giving flowers to graduates is such a widespread practice, you want to make sure you get the best selection of graduation flowers.

Graduation is such a significant milestone in everyone's lives. Every graduate should be proud of this achievement. Presenting them with a festive and meaningful gift of flowers will make them feel loved and supported.