What Flowers to Propose With


Asking your beloved to marry you should include memorable elements such as the correct location, a ring, romantic music and a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Each of these elements may take time and thorough knowledge of your prospective fiancée if you want the answer to be “Yes” when you pop the question. For example, you may select her favorite flowers or send her a romantic message using floriography, which ascribes specific meaning to every kind of flower and greenery in the bouquet.

Things You'll Need

  • Floriography dictionary
  • Flowers
  • Meanings list
  • Envelope
  • Ask her what her favorite flower is. Check the meaning of the flower in a floriography dictionary and verify that you want to include that meaning in the bouquet. For example, if her favorite flower is a pansy, and the meaning is “you occupy my thoughts” and merriment, it would complement your proposal well. Leave dogwood or candytuft out of the bouquet if either of these are her favorite flower. Both flowers mean indifference and send the wrong message. Abandon anemone because the message is one who is forsaken.

  • Read the meanings of various flowers and choose your floral message with intent. Coordinate the colors if you can, but focus on the message. For example, you could include calla lilies that communicate you admire her beauty. Add lilacs to tell her that she is your first love and red camellias to signify that she is “the flame of your heart.” Forget-me-nots tell her that she is your true love and you have shared memories. Include primroses if you can’t live without her and spider flower if you want her to elope with you. Interweave ivy into the bouquet to create a lush green canvas. It symbolizes wedded bliss, affection and fidelity. Use vine as an alternative to the ivy because it tells her you find her intoxicating.

  • Take your list of flowers to a florist and ask for suggestions on coordinating colors and to determine what flowers are available. She may have other suggestions on flower meanings you can include. Work with the florist to produce the most exquisite bouquet from what she has available. Tie the flowers up with a color she likes. Verify that she can meet you or set up a time to come back for the flowers so your bouquet is fresh and fragrant.

  • Compile a list of the flowers and greenery in the bouquet and include their meaning. Slip the list into an small envelope you can include with the bouquet. Share the information with her just before or just after your proposal and hope for a “Yes.”

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