Saying It With Roses: The Significance Of Color
In Western culture, there is no flower more steeped in romance than the rose. There are
a thousand romantic quotes pertaining to this flower. Christopher Marlowe, William
Shakespeare, Gertrude Stein-all were moved to put mankind's relationship with the rose
into words. I believe my personal favorite is John Boyle O'Reilly's "The red rose whispers
of passion/And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the
white rose is a dove."
Because of its romantic associations, the rose is the go-to flower for weddings,
especially since the rose comes in an inexhaustible array of colors and hues. However,
the various colors of roses have become associated with particular meanings over the
years. This means that while a bride may want to select a color scheme based solely on
her personal taste, she might also want to consider what she is "saying" with her flowers.
Red roses, of course, are the epitome of passionate
true love. As Robert Burns said "Oh, my luve's [sic]
like a red, red rose." Nor surprisingly, this hue
remains overwhelmingly popular with lovers and at
weddings. It also doesn't hurt that red roses are
breathtakingly beautiful and don't require a great
deal of additional ornamentation, if any.
The white rose, much like the white gown of the bride, is a
symbol of purity and innocence. In days gone by, it was of the
utmost importance that a bride be pure, or "untouched."
Today, although many people take a more lenient view on this
topic, the white rose can still represent the purity of love and
the beauty of new beginnings.
Pink roses can represent a variety of concepts, probably
due to the vast array of hues available. Deep pink, for
example, often signifies appreciation, while light pink
represents sweetness and joy. Coral, which is closely
related to pink, denotes desire and excitement, and
peach, another close relative, signifies sympathy and
modesty. Clearly, when it comes to roses, the shades of
pink carry the most varied associations. However, none
of them would be considered inappropriate for a
wedding, and pink roses of any and all shades are
extremely popular for nuptial celebrations.
Yellow roses are a symbol of friendship,
happiness and warmth. As a result, they can
often be the flower of choice for young men to
give to young women during the teen years;
yellow roses can be used to signal a romantic
interest without the emotional risks of the
passionate red rose. Although some brides may
not want to use yellow roses at their weddings
for this reason, others recognize that friendship
is an essential part of any marriage.
Additionally, yellow roses make an attractive
addition to most other colors.
Purple roses have become popular in recent
years. They are still a relatively rare and
therefore exotic option. This color expresses the
feeling of love at first sight, one of the most
traditionally romantic concepts in our society.
This color can be used to convey the
enchantment the couple feels with each other.
By: Victor Epand
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