Material gifts are often given to graduates for all their hard work. Primarily because it’s what they have requested and sometimes because it’s best fitting to the occasion. Bouquets are not usually being given probably because they wilt fast and would most likely be thrown away. However, the feeling of receiving a bouquet is far more intimate and personal and has a deeper meaning and message compared to material things. The graduate would most definitely feel loved and appreciated especially if the bouquet is suited to his/her personality. Truly, graduation flower bouquets are real classic presents that will never go out of style.
There are several types of bouquets that can fit a graduate’s gender and personality. You just have to be creative and adaptive to modern ideas being used today. We have listed down a few factors that may affect which graduation flower bouquet you should get.
Ladies are the best fit to receive bouquets not only during graduation but also on other special occasions like Valentine’s Day and birthdays. That’s why it’s not going to be hard for you to look for the perfect bouquet. You just have to know her personality and some factors like favorite color, flower, etc. Once you have an idea, you may head out to the flower shop and get classics like roses, peonies, carnations, sunflowers, and even Hawaiian leis. If she is very ladylike, bright colors like pink, orange, and red are great colors to choose from. On the other hand, if she is on the masculine side, dark colored roses and other blooms will fit her perfectly.
Guys do not usually receive bouquets as a gift but they should not be exemptions. Anyways, giving a bouquet is mainly done to express love and appreciation. For guys, the most common flower arrangement is the boutonniere. They usually wear smart casual attire inside their graduation gowns. Placing a beautiful boutonniere on his gown will definitely make him stand out from other graduates. Some blooms you may choose from are roses, tulips, carnations, calla lilies, and even greenery. If you really want to give a bouquet, you may opt for hand-tied arrangements with darker blooms like blue roses.
Modern bouquet ideas
Nowadays, florists have adapted new ideas to make bouquets more fun and exciting. If you don’t like flowers that much but still want to give a bouquet, then you should consider the following:
- Chocolate bouquets – the famous chocolate brand Ferrero Rocher has been a crowd favorite after it trended in social media several times. The famous eclairs are glued to a balloon stick which are then tied together to form a bouquet. Some add a few flowers here and there to still retain that bouquet feel. This is a great idea if the graduate has a sweet tooth and loves chocolates. Most flower shops already adapted this new idea. Nevertheless, it’s very simple and you can even do it yourself!
- Candy bouquets – this is another one for people with sweet tooth! Another great idea for a bouquet is to fill it with candies like Tootsie Rolls, sour strips, lollipops, bubble gum tape, and a lot more. You just have to aesthetically place them inside a bouquet base and you’re ready to go. This unique idea will surely fill the graduate with lots of sugar until his/her heart’s content!
- Booze bouquets – for those guys who love to booze before snooze, this type of bouquet will surely be a hit. Just purchase small bottles of hard liquor or beer and stack them together in a bouquet base. They will definitely love this especially during graduation after parties.
One tip on getting your graduation bouquet is to check the school colors and match it with the color of your blooms. This way, your gift will have a sense of context to the celebration. If the color of the school is not a usual hue in flowers, you can always ask for painted flowers. White roses and carnations are the best flowers to be color customized as they quickly adapt to the ink used. Some flowers are even rainbow colored that will definitely match the graduate with a fun and quirky personality.
There are also different flower arrangements to choose from. The presentation bouquet is the most common type as it can be easily carried over the elbow of the holder like a baby. Hand-tied bouquets look very rustic and has a simple yet striking design. Unlike presentation bouquets, hand-tied bouquets usually have lesser flowers as it does not have enough support to hold everything together. This bouquet is also perfect in simple and rustic-themed events that require lesser formality. In graduations, hand-tied bouquets are best if given to male graduates as well as with female graduates with a more masculine personality.
You can really never go wrong with a flower bouquet as a present. For many centuries now, bouquets have been a testament of royalty and honor and up until this day, it still has that old charm. Giving flowers can go back as early as the times of ancient Egypt. People used to express their emotions by giving beautiful bounties of flowers. It was only in the Middle Age where these flowers were given meaning and symbolism. During the Victorian era, it was not customary to express one’s emotion in an outward way. That’s why flowers came in handy for people to express their feelings – both positive and negative.
Giving flower bouquets have really been a tradition for a long time now. This is a testament why it’s still one of the best graduation gifts to give. It’s simple yet meaningful. It’s elaborate yet it’s very personal. You just have to know the recipient well to match the flower arrangement you’re going to give. Your relationship with them will also determine which kind of flower to give and what meaning you want to express. If you don’t have anything else to buy, a flower bouquet is definitely a great choice.