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What to Give: Rose Colors and Their Meanings

Andrea writes on various topics from dating, couples, astrology, weddings, interior design, and gardens. She studied film and writing.

Roses are some of the most popular flowers to give. The color of the roses adds a message to the flower arrangement.

Roses are some of the most popular flowers to give. The color of the roses adds a message to the flower arrangement.

Giving out Roses

When it comes to giving out flowers, roses are one of the most popular choices. A rose often comes with a message. People give flowers to those they cherish, to wish them well, to give thanks, and to express desire. Roses make for excellent pictures; who doesn't want to amp up their Instagram with pretty flowers? They're expected on holidays like Valentine's Day. They're customary at weddings and other big formal events.

The color of the rose influences the message you're trying to convey. People, for the most part, give out roses intentionally, not randomly.

You could put different colored roses into one bouquet to create a more complex message. Below are some of the most common meanings for rose colors.

White roses are for reverence. The blooms are about innocence and purity. They're popular at weddings.

White roses are for reverence. The blooms are about innocence and purity. They're popular at weddings.

Rose Color Meanings

White Roses

The all-white rose is commonly seen at weddings. It is associated with new beginnings and the Victorian white wedding gown. The white rose is a gesture of remembrance. They're suited for important formal occasions, especially reverent ones.

White roses are sometimes used at weddings to remember loved ones who have died. They often represent grandparents who have passed away and couldn't make it to their grandchild's event.

The white rose is used to honor a friend or loved one in recognition of a new beginning or a farewell, such as a graduation. The white color relates to purity, hope, and a clean slate. White roses are acceptable for baptisms, baby dedications, or Easter services.

A bouquet of white roses sends the message: "I'm thinking of you." You may want someone to know you care after they've gone through a nasty divorce or had a big move.

White roses are not ideal if you're trying to signal passion, romance, or intrigue. White roses are for appreciation, for weddings, and vanilla cakes.

Ivory roses are for elegance, beauty, and luxury. They're great at posh parties.

Ivory roses are for elegance, beauty, and luxury. They're great at posh parties.

Ivory Roses

A shade darker than all-white roses. Ivory roses are not about reverence; they're about bourgeoisie. The ivory rose could also be considered a cream or eggshell colored rose. Ivory roses signal elegance. They have a calming vibe, and they come off expensive.

Ivory roses are charming, whimsical, and splendid. Give ivory roses to someone who has exquisite taste. This is a great flower to send to someone hosting a party, to show you believe in them, and you like them as a friend. This isn't a romantic flower.

This flower is appropriate to send if you need to say, "Thank you." It's appropriate in business, to compliment others on their achievements, and to use for a party to make it more elite. Ivory roses are seen as a luxury.

Ivory roses are what you would give to Fraiser Crane. Not what you would give to your goofy friend like Cosmo Kramer.

Yellow roses are for friends. Yellow is bright, happy, and joyful.

Yellow roses are for friends. Yellow is bright, happy, and joyful.

Yellow Roses

Send yellow roses to friends. These flowers used to symbolize jealously and greed, but people don't usually send flowers for those reasons anymore. I mean, who has the time to send yellow roses to people who give them fits of jealously? Not a modern or sane person.

A yellow rose conveys warmth and affection. Yellow is associated with happiness. Sending a yellow flower essentially means you delight in the other person's company. It's a token of friendship. It's a flower to remind people of good memories. Send yellow flowers to your best friend, your cousins, your siblings, and your parents. You don't need a special occasion to give out yellow roses. Plus, yellow can help liven up a room. They look pretty with just about any other flowers or plants.

Gold, Silver, and Platinum Roses

What could be more stunning than a flower dipped in pure 24K gold? The idea is to preserve the flower's natural beauty forever. It is dipped in metal. The flower symbolizes everlasting love.

The practice of dipping flowers into metal isn't new. The practice has been perfected in modern times so as to capture every detail of the bloom. These flowers are called eternity roses: it will never fade nor die.

A gold plated flower is expensive. They make for perfect anniversary gifts. Expensive flowers like this go hand in hand with married couples. Gold plated roses are also a symbol of the wealthy.

Peach roses are all about sweetness. Give them to younger people in your family.

Peach roses are all about sweetness. Give them to younger people in your family.

Peach Roses

These flowers can look like a light orange-pink hybrid. Send these to people when you need to say, "Thank you." The flowers are often sent in regards to a business deal. Peach roses also convey loyalty. Send peach roses to business partners in vases.

They're meant to be a sweet surprise. Give these to younger girls in your family, daughters, nieces, and cousins. Their warm hue communicates love, friendship, and camaraderie. Young people in your family will appreciate receiving roses. Send peach roses to family members with ribbons wrapped around them. You want the flower presentation to be charming and just as sweet as the flowers.

Orange roses are for wildness, excitement, and spontaneity. These are perfect flowers for your crush.

Orange roses are for wildness, excitement, and spontaneity. These are perfect flowers for your crush.

Orange Roses

Orange conveys wildness. The flowers exude loud, bubbly feelings. These are meant to be sent spontaneously. Think of them as the Leo flowers: their extroverted, the color roars like a lion, and they come off as a major compliment.

Orange roses communicate oomph. They're wacky. They're eccentric. Orange flowers are for fierce love, passion, and desire. Send these to someone who has caught your fancy. You have a crush on them, and you're certain they like you back. Orange flowers are for a vivacious couple. They're clever, they come off more original than red, and they communicate a kind of electricity. Orange is associated with vibrancy.

Pink roses are versatile in their message. Think prom, friends, Mother's Day, and Valentine's Day.

Pink roses are versatile in their message. Think prom, friends, Mother's Day, and Valentine's Day.

Pink Roses

Pink is versatile. The color is graceful and elegant. They're given as a token of admiration and appreciation. They signal growing feelings. They're gentle roses meant to convey graceful ideas.

These flowers can be sent to just about anybody. Pink roses have multi-faceted purposes. They're sent on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, birthdays, and the like. Send pink roses to people you love in one context or the other. Send to best friends, older relatives in your family, and your fiancee. Pink is for sweetness, admiration, and joy.

Don't send pink roses to your boss or someone who might be confused by the bouquet. Pink is a little bold but not as bold as orange or red. Pink roses should be sent to people that you know really well. For close friends, family, prom dates, and spouses.

Red roses are for sensuality. Red roses are for those who you give kisses.

Red roses are for sensuality. Red roses are for those who you give kisses.

Red Roses

Red roses are sensual. These are the flowers of passion. Send these flowers to say, "I love you." They're the most romantic flowers. These are flowers people send with chocolates, love poems, and other treats. Red roses are reserved for the person you love the most. A red rose signals longing, deep admiration, undying love, and secrecy.

Red rose petals are scattered in rooms for lovers. Red rose petals are scattered on tables of romantic dates.

Red roses are very charismatic and forward. They're given out on Valentine's Day. They're eye catching. They're classic. They're meant to block out all other messages. A red rose isn't for friends but for lovers. Red roses are part of the language of couples. A red rose is supposed to make you blush.

Purple roses are for royalty. Purple roses are mysterious, charming, and majestic.

Purple roses are for royalty. Purple roses are mysterious, charming, and majestic.

Purple Roses

Often seen in spring. Purple or lavender roses represent love at first sight. The roses express fascination. Darker shades are meant for queens and royals. Deep purple is bewitching.

Lighter purples express beauty, adoration, curiosity, and whimsy. Purple flowers are meant to show appreciation. You're complimenting the person for their aura and the way it affects you. You like what makes them weird. Light purple flowers are common at baby showers or bridal showers. They should be given at events meant to be enchanting.

Purple roses are the stuff of dreams and fantasy. They're otherworldly. Give these to a creative soul. Let them decide what it means.

Brown roses are for dependability, humility, and class. Give these to the earthy friend among your group.

Brown roses are for dependability, humility, and class. Give these to the earthy friend among your group.

Brown Roses

They exist naturally in the wild. They're hard to find. Brown roses differ in hue. They can have a dusty look or a deep, dark mud color. Brown roses have a unique beauty to them. They carry a message of naturalness, earthiness, elegance, maturity, and honesty. These are not flowers for teenagers in love.

They're often linked to non-romantic love. Brown roses appear simplistic and humble. These should be given to acquaintances. Give these to older family members or neighbors. Give these to hippies or people who love nature. Brown flowers are lovely for friends who are mature, single, and independent. They symbolize dependability and wholesomeness.

Brown roses are perfect for autumn events. You may have to try really hard to find these. Call around to different florists and shop online. You likely won't find them at a grocery store.

Green roses are for those who love nature. These are often sent to people who are recovering from sickness.

Green roses are for those who love nature. These are often sent to people who are recovering from sickness.

Green Roses

They blend in with the scenery. They look refreshing. Green roses are symbols of harmony, opulence, and fertility. Send green roses to those recovering from sickness. Green roses are a way of saying, "get well", "thinking of you", "wishing you the best", "wishing you good luck", and "positive health vibes."

Green roses are appropriate to send to expecting mothers and new moms. Green roses ooze with organic, feel-good vibes. They remind us of the outdoors, vitamins, and oxygen. The flowers are perfect for your friend who has a green thumb. There is nothing romantic about green roses, not a hint of it.

Blue roses are about mystery, intrigue, and fantasy. You want your message to be elusive and difficult to interpret.

Blue roses are about mystery, intrigue, and fantasy. You want your message to be elusive and difficult to interpret.

Blue Roses

They're one of the hardest roses to grow. They represent mystery and illusion. They cause people to step back for a moment and think of mystical things.

Blue isn't the first color people expect when they receive a rose. Blue represents unattainable love or unfathomable possibilities. Send blue roses if you want to confuse someone, if you don't want your message to be clear. Be mysterious. Let them wonder whether you're in love with them or if you just really like the color blue.

This rose color stands out. It's amicable and suggestive. A blue rose will compel people to want to spend time with you.

Black roses are for mourning. They're for Halloween. They're for breaking up.

Black roses are for mourning. They're for Halloween. They're for breaking up.

Black Roses

For the goths among us, black roses are the way to go. Black roses represent death. They're popular for Halloween. They mark the end of a relationship. Blue and black roses are not created naturally, so they both represent mystery and elusiveness.

Black roses are meant to be spooky. Send someone black roses if you want to breakup with them. Buy yourself black roses if you're mourning something. Buy black roses for a special occasion and put them on a table with skulls and black candles. Send your goody Christian friends white roses. Send your witchy strange friends black roses.

Bring out the multi-colored roses when you want to party.

Bring out the multi-colored roses when you want to party.

Rainbow Roses

Roses with multiple colors in them symbolize happiness and joy. These make for fun gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, and graduation parties. They make for exciting bouquets. They're meant to be given at exciting occasions. These are celebratory flowers. There are a lot of emotions and feelings when you graduate, and these flowers symbolize all of that.

Multi-colored roses are meant to convey several messages in one bouquet. These are perfect flowers for friends. They're perfect for daughters and nieces. Tie them up with gorgeous ribbons to add even more color. These flowers are the perfect encouragement when someone is feeling down.

Rose Arrangements

One Dozen Roses

A dozen roses send a message of love and gratitude. A dozen roses is the classic choice. It is the standard for most rose bouquets. A dozen roses is like many of the messages put on Valentine heart candy.

  • "Be Mine"
  • "I Love You"
  • "Kiss Me"
  • "Hug Me"
  • "Call Me"
  • "Only You"
  • "True Love"

Two Dozen Roses

Double the number of roses and you double the meaning of the bouquet. Two dozen roses is romantic. It adds extravagance. This size is perfect for an engagement or big anniversary.

Long-Stemmed Roses

The longer the stem the more you desire someone. It comes with the message: "I will remember you always." A single long-stemmed rose gives off the message: "I love you endlessly."

Petite Roses

Miniature blooms will come off endearing. These small flowers are called "sweetheart roses." Mini roses imply affection. Petite roses are economical and can be repotted and pruned for longevity. If you want to signal sweetness, go with petite roses.

© 2021 Andrea Lawrence

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