There are lots of occasions that call for congratulations. Graduations, weddings, anniversaries, and more are all times of celebrations. It is very common for congratulations to be accompanied by flower gifts. In the 20th century, cards were also regularly sent with the flowers. So, the next time someone has a life event worth congratulating, you should consider sending flowers and a card. You can go one step further with BloomysBox and provide a subscription for a weekly or monthly delivery of customized bouquets. Shop congratulations flowers here.
To understand why flowers are such an important congratulation gift we have to go back thousands of years. In Ancient Greece winners of athletic events were given olive branches to commemorate their achievements. This tradition returned during the 2004 Athens Olympic games, a fitting tribute to the inventors of the event.
While an olive branch is not a bouquet, its presentation to top athletes began the tradition of giving flowers as congratulations. From Ancient Greece to the late eighteenth century, the tradition of giving flowers as congratulations did not change much. While not unheard of, it was much less common than funeral flower gifts.
In the late eighteenth century something occurred that would change the customs surrounding giving flowers as gifts. That event was the rise of Charles II of Sweden. This monarch is considered the person who popularized the notion of the language of flowers in the West. This was a Persian custom initially. However, once Charles II learned of it, he began giving flowers to send messages.
The entire system of flower species and color meanings was codified in the 19th century. Some of those meanings have entered our modern society as well—although we tend to be much less rigid about finding the flower with the “right” meaning for every situation. An example of a flower meaning still popularly known is the red rose’s use to mean love.The circumstance of the gift-giving does not change a flower’s meaning. A red rose will mean love whether given during Valentine’s Day, at a wedding, for Christmas or to show sympathy. Another great reason to surprise a friend or loved one with the gift of flowers is congratulations. Flowers are an amazing way for you to tell the recipient that you are thinking about them on their big day/occasion.