How to Choose Flowers for Every Occasion

Flowers are the ideal gift to mark all of life’s special moments. From celebrating a special event and commemorating a special day to sending your condolences or apologies, there is a perfect bouquet to mark your sentiments for all of life’s events. However, when it comes to choosing the right flowers for a specific occasion, we often feel clueless. After all, we don’t want to send the wrong message. 

Why gift flowers?

Flowers are not just reserved for resending to mark romantic occasions. Each bloom and combination have unique and important symbolisms attached to them. There are many important factors, such as color, type, shape, size of the flower arrangement, as well as the recipient’s personal preferences to take into consideration before you gift your arrangement. 

The act of sending flowers is something that has been encouraged in cultures around the world for centuries. Any occasion is appropriate for giving flowers because flowers provide the perfect way to enhance someone’s day. We send flowers to make other people happy, visually inspire, build relationships, and communicate our feelings. However, the way flowers are arranged, the color and the type of bloom you give all work together to convey multiple messages, and these messages can differ from flower-to-flower. 

Flowers by occasion

We know that each flower has a specific meaning, so it’s important to send the right arrangement for specific occasions. When choosing your flowers, keep the following tips in mind:

  • The occasion matters. Your choice of flower shows the message and meaning you want to convey.
  • Make a decision between individual flowers or a bouquet/floral arrangement.
  • Regardless of the occasion, be sure to keep their personality, preferences, and any potential allergies in mind.

Valentine’s Day Flowers

Best flowers for Valentine's day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your loved ones how much you care. Regardless of where you live in the world, everywhere you look you’re bound to see shades of red and pink. Gifting flowers for Valentine’s Day is the way to show your love and affection. Among Valentine favorites are traditional roses. However, each color of rose sends a different message. Whether you send roses on their own or a large bouquet full of different colors, you simply can’t go wrong with roses for Valentine’s Day. 

What do different colors of roses symbolize?

Mother’s Day Flowers

Best flowers for Mother's Day

What better way to show your mother, mother-in-law, or mother of your children how much they mean to you than with a stunning bouquet of flowers? Mother’s Day is meant to celebrate the love you have for the women in your life who look after you and your family. 

Suitable flowers for Mother’s Day

  • Yellow tulips: the smile with a ray of sunshine
  • Gerbera daisies: cheerfulness and joy
  • Sunflowers: admiration
  • Red tulips: love
  • Lily of the valley: pure love, sweetness, and innocence
  • White lilacs: the innocence of childhood, and the joy of youth
  • White orchids: elegance and safety 

You also can’t go wrong with a low maintenance arrangement of succulents for your mother on her special day.

Father’s Day Flowers

Best flowers for Father's Day

Who decided flowers are strictly for mother’s? Father’s Day is the perfect time to send the parent or guardian in your life a fresh floral arrangement to let them know how much they mean to you. When it comes to sending Father’s Day flowers, you really can’t go wrong with sending their favorite colors and blooms. If you aren’t sure what your father would like, we recommend an arrangement with blue and white hydrangeas, blue roses, or a fun arrangement of succulents to show your love and admiration.  

Flowers for a new baby

Best flowers for newborn baby

The birth of a new child is a momentous occasion. Color plays an integral role in newborn floral arrangements to mark the arrival of a new baby. When welcoming a child, you want to send the message of joy and love, but also want the baby’s environment to be soothing and calm. It’s best to avoid flashy colors, moving towards pastel shades of blue, white, pink, or yellow. You can also choose colors based on gender, such as blue or purple for boys and pink or mauve for girls. You can even get creative and send a mixed bouquet for twins.

Popular flowers for a newborn baby

Engagement flowers

Best flowers for engagement gift

Engagements and weddings mark the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in the lives of the bride and groom. Sending the perfect engagement floral arrangement is an ideal way to show how happy you are for the upcoming nuptials. Whether you are looking for flowers for your upcoming engagement party, sending them to your partner to mark this significant event, or congratulating someone else on their engagement there are so many beautiful floral arrangements to choose from.

Wedding Flowers

Best flowers for wedding

Many couples show their emotions and feelings toward one another with the flowers they showcase on their wedding day. When it comes to purchasing flowers for your wedding day, it’s important to keep the theme of your wedding in mind. 

Wedding day flowers:

  • Peonies: happy marriage, prosperity, and good fortune
  • Calla lilies: purity and faithfulness
  • Hydrangeas: heartfelt emotion, compassion, and perseverance
  • Amaryllis: determination and love
  • Gardenias: joy, happiness, and love
  • White roses: loyalty and purity

Flowers to say happy birthday

Best flowers for birthday

Flowers are the ideal complement for any birthday gift. Not only do they go with almost anything, but the right beautiful floral arrangement is a great standalone gift. When it comes to birthday flowers, you can’t go wrong by selecting some of the recipient’s favorite blooms or colors for their birthday bouquet. You can also choose to send traditional flowers associated with your loved one’s birth month.

  • January: carnations
  • February: violet or iris
  • March: daffodil
  • April: sweet pea or daisy
  • May: lily of the valley
  • June: roses
  • July: larkspur
  • August: gladiolus
  • September: aster or forget-me-nots
  • October: marigolds
  • November: chrysanthemums
  • December: poinsettias

Sympathy flowers

Best sympathy flowers

Not all occasions for flowers are necessarily happy ones. Some occasions require sympathy and condolences. Whether you choose to send sympathy flowers directly to those grieving or to the funeral home, sympathy floral arrangements can be presented and set up in different ways (such as floral baskets, standing sprays, or in shapes like hearts, wreaths, etc.). Traditionally, white flowers are sent for loss. However, other flowers have symbolic meanings for sending condolences. 

Suitable flowers for funeral and sympathy

  • Orchids: eternal love, sympathy, and grief
  • Pink carnations: remembrance and “I will never forget you”
  • Lilies: restored innocence to the departed soul of the deceased and admiration
  • Red roses: courage, respect, and love
  • Chrysanthemums: honoring the life, loyalty, and honesty
  • Gladioli: sincerity, moral integrity, and strength of character 
  • Red carnations: admiration and love
  • Crimson roses: sorrow and grief
  • White roses: reverence and innocence

Get well soon flowers

Best get well soon flowers

Whether your recipient is at home or in the hospital, a lovely floral arrangement can help to lift their spirits while they rest and recover. If your loved one is in the hospital, it’s best to avoid overly fragrant flowers, as they may overwhelm the small hospital room or bother other patients. For example, roses, tulips, irises, and sunflowers are great for hospital arrangements. If your recipient is recovering at home, consider a bright arrangement to lift their spirits. In particular, orchids last for months making them the perfect choice to send someone with a chronic illness or long recovery ahead. 

Anniversary flowers

Best flowers for anniversary

Like birthday flowers, when it comes time to celebrate an anniversary, you can’t go wrong with sending your loved one their favorite floral blooms or colors. However, there are specific flowers to commemorate anniversary years.

5 years: daisies

10 years: daffodils

15 years: red roses or pink roses

20 years: asters

25 years: iris

30 years: lilies

For the most part, pink or red roses are an anniversary mainstay. These colors represent the love and passion you have for your partner. It’s also best to avoid yellow flowers for this occasion, as yellow represents friendship.

Ramadan flowers

Best flowers for Ramadan gift

Ramandan is a time for great spiritual rejuvenation with heightened focus on devotion, and while in a perfect world we mark this holy month with friends and family, we aren’t always able to be with our loved ones. Sending flowers for Ramadan is a great way to let your family and friends know you are thinking of them during Ramadan even when you aren’t together. The right flower arrangement is sure to bring joy and blessings to your loved ones during the holy month.

Best of all, Ramadan floral arrangements often come in gift bundles to further celebrate. For example, Joi Gifts’ Luxury Ramadan Tray includes white roses nestled in a velvet gift box with candles, chocolates, and premium dates. 

Eid flowers

Best flowers for Eid

Sending flowers to your loved ones for Eid is one of the best ways to send your love and well wishes to loved ones on this special day. In particular, flowers not only send your well wishes, but they also help to decorate the recipient’s space for this day of celebration. Some of our favorite Eid arrangements include:

Joi Gifts for all your floral needs

Are you short on time and looking for the perfect floral arrangement to mark an occasion? Then it’s time to shop Joi Gifts for all of your gifting needs. Whether you need a floral arrangement to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or to send your condolences, we’ve got fresh hand tied bouquets, artificial flowers, succulents, dried flowers and more. If flowers aren’t your thing, consider shopping for gourmet foods, gift bundles, or balloons to mark your special occasion. We take pride in curating a wide selection for all occasions. Happy shopping!

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