What Color Roses to Give Your Valentine

What Color Roses to Give Your Valentine

Sending a bouquet of roses can convey much more than “I love you.” Engaging in this Valentine’s Day ritual can also signify much less. Before you deliver the wrong message, learn what different colors of roses mean.

  • Red: The quintessential symbols of love and romance, red roses are appropriate Valentine’s gifts for your spouse, your fiancée or the person you’re currently dating and hope to marry. Giving a single long-stemmed red rose can be as meaningful as sending a dozen or more.
  • Pink: Sending dark pink roses indicates you admire the recipient’s elegance, grace and refinement. Light pink roses show a similar, but gentler and more poetic, admiration for the person who receives them. That can even include someone with whom you would like to develop a deeper relationship.
  • Yellow: Evoking sunshine, cheerfulness, warmth and happiness, yellow roses are good for making close friends and family members smile. These roses do not convey romantic love.
  • Orange: Roses of this color symbolize the flaming desire that often exists between feelings of friendship represented by yellow roses and the love conveyed by red roses. If you want to heat up a long-term relationship with a friend by letting them know you find them sexy, send orange roses.
  • Lavender: You can score extra points by explaining to the recipient that lavender roses represent becoming enchanted and falling in love at first sight.
  • White: While not the most traditional choice for a Valentine’s Day gift because of their association with funerals, bouquets of white roses can also symbolize new love and deep respect for the recipient’s virtue and purity.
 

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