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The Tradition of Giving Flowers

dating, flowersWho gets tired of receiving flowers? Still, there’s a better way to give and get these timeless beauties. The Art of Manliness by Brett and Kate McKay shows you how to pitch the woo. Ladies, share this blog post with your significant other.


Giving a woman flowers is a standard romantic gesture that can help you woo women. But it has unfortunately become a pretty ho-hum cliché. Instead of giving your lady flowers like every other schmo out there, try resurrecting the Victorian tradition. It will infuse the gesture with new life and romance and bring back some of the subtlety, mystery and fun of courtship.

During the Victorian era, a whole romantic language developed around the giving and receiving of flowers. Everything from the type and size of the flower to the way it was held or presented conveyed layers of meaning and communicated a gentleman’s feelings and intentions. Each bouquet contained a secret message for a lady to eagerly interpret and endlessly dissect.

Your lady will swoon that you put far more thought into your selection of flowers than grabbing a bouquet out of the case at Wal-Mart.

You’ll come off as a real gentleman and a hopeless romantic. Of course, the language of flowers now lies next to Latin in the graveyard of dead discourse. Even in Victorian times, flower meanings were never set in stone and varied from dictionary to dictionary. Therefore, for this tradition to work, you and your love must be using the same source. (You don’t want to send a bouquet meant to declare your love and have her interpret it as a message of rejection!)

Courtship doesn’t end with flowers. Gentlemen, make sure you know how to tie your tie in the proper knot and follow the Brad Pitt Rule.


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