Graduation ceremonies are coming up quick, and if you’re attending one to celebrate someone’s accomplishments, giving a gift to a graduate, or throwing a graduation party, one thing you must definitely know about is flowers. Just like you would carefully consider the type of flowers used in a wedding or other formal event, it’s important to take the time and really think about what kind of floral arrangement, as well as what type of flower, is most appropriate for this occasion.
To make things easier for you, we’ve put together a complete guide to graduation flowers below so that you can rest assured knowing the decisions you make are the right ones.
For the Graduate
You can’t go wrong with a corsage for the ladies and a boutonniere for the gents – they’re the perfect finishing touch to any graduation outfit. The goal should be to find an arrangement that matches the graduate’s dress or suit, but if doing so is difficult, red or white is always an appropriate choice.
In addition to the flowers that are recommended to compliment the graduate’s attire, there are also a ton of options for what you can do as far as giving a bouquet as a gift in recognition of all of their hard work. Some tips for choosing the right arrangement are as follows:
- Try to match the school’s colors. Flowers such as roses, carnations, orchids and tulips come in a variety of colors, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find an arrangement with the color combination you’re looking for.
- Think about the graduate’s favorite flowers. If you know that they are a fan of daisies or lilies, make those the primary flower types in their graduation bouquet. On the other hand, if they don’t have a preference, try a mixed bouquet so that they can enjoy a little bit of everything!
- Consider their success and personality. If the graduate has a specific accomplishment to celebrate, such as being at the top of their class, select an arrangement that matches!
For the Ceremony
Flowers are certainly not just for female graduates, so if you’re in charge of your school’s graduation ceremony, consider handing a flower or two to each graduate after they accept their diploma! A single rose or a graduation lei are both beautiful touches that can act as the school’s way of saying congratulations.
For the Party
If you’ve taken on the challenge of throwing a graduation party this year, don’t forget that flowers make for the perfect décor! Just like we suggested in our “for the graduate” section, flowers such as roses, carnations, orchids and tulips are always a solid choice for centerpieces. And if you want to get creative with your centerpieces, add a graduation cap to the mix – this graduation cap centerpiece is super easy to make. Some tips for choosing the right graduation flowers for the party are as follows:
- Be bright and be bold! Yellow flowers are often said to symbolize success, and green have been known to symbolize new beginnings and good luck. When put together, bright yellows and greens are the perfect way to celebrate your graduate’s accomplishments and wish them well!
- Have a consistent color scheme. Whether you choose to follow the school’s color scheme or the graduate’s favorite color scheme, be consistent in your centerpieces and any other floral décor you may have.
- If you have any doubts about the type of flowers you should choose, go with roses. As classic as they are, any color combination (whether they be red, white or mixed – we recommend white if the graduate is a male) will shine bright in the eyes of your graduate and your guests!
For those of you about to graduate or celebrate a graduate, we’d like to extend our congratulations and best wishes for the future ahead!