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Your Valentine's Day Bouquet 101

Valentine's Day

Planning on buying flowers for your partner this Valentine's Day? Putting together a bouquet isn't as simple as you might think. Did you know flowers have meanings? And what about the issue of colour combinations? Before you run off to your local supermarket to grab any old easy-way-out, ready-made bouquet for a tenner, let us help you.

If you're looking to earn some brownie points with your partner this Valentine's, check out these top tips for getting your Valentine's Day bouquet right this year.


Choose main flowers based on meaning

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Believe it or not, red roses aren't the only flower available for Valentine's Day. Shocking, right? Whilst they're a bit of a tradition, why not earn some romance brownie points this year by straying from the norm and putting a little thought into a bouquet your other half would love? Choosing your bouquet by their meaning (yep, flowers have meanings!) enables you to tell a story, send a personal message, and add sentiment to an otherwise standard gift.   This infographic details the many meanings flowers can have based on colour, and this article on 'flower meanings 101' decodes the meanings of flowers by kind. Want to tell your wife you love her? You could opt for a peony, which symbolises prosperity, a happy life, and a happy marriage. Simple, right?

Use a colour wheel to pick out complementary colours

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So you've picked out the 'main event' flower, but what else is going to star in your Valentine's bouquet? Next it's time to think about what colours go with what.

Does your partner like the colour purple? You've got yourself a starting point. Now you can use a colour wheel to choose what colours complement purple, or find colours in the same family if you prefer to stick to a monochromatic theme (like the orange, yellow and peach example above).

Complementary colours are opposites in a colour wheel (red and green, blue and orange, yellow and purple). Alternatively, you might want to opt for analogous colours - neighbouring colours in a colour wheel - to create a certain 'mood'. Check out this bouquet making 101 for extra help with colour combinations.

If you have some colours in mind when you head to the florist or market stall, you're less likely to stress out and make the wrong decisions. Plus, a little bit of thought goes a long way when it comes to romance!


A glossary of colour terms:

Primary colours are the 'pure' colours: red, yellow and blue

Secondary colours are made by combining two primary colours. Red + yellow = orange, red + blue = purple, and blue + yellow = green.

Tertiary colours are a combination of one primary colour and one secondary colour, like turquoise which is a combination of blue and green.

Complementary (or contrasting) colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel

Analogous colours are adjacent to each other on the colour wheel and surround a 'dominant hue' (main colour).

Monochromatic colours are variations of one colour including tints, shades, and tones, or simply one colour throughout a theme.

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Fill out your bouquet with smaller flowers

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If you want a really impressive-looking bouquet, don't just stop at a few well-matched, well-thought out flowers in your bunch. Smaller, leafier stems and foliages can 'fill it out' and make it feel complete. Better yet, fillers will offset your main blooms and make them stand out further. Some popular choices are Baby's Breath, Globe Amaranthand Caspia, and if you want further help still, this article is a great resource for choosing the right filler for your bouquet.


So there you have it! In just a few simple steps (and with a little bit of thought) you can choose the perfect, most romantic bouquet to secure your position in your partner's good books this year.

Hope you have a happy Valentine's Day!

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06 February 2015