The meaning of flowers and what they signify for your wedding

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Did you know that every flower has a different meaning according to the type of flower and its colour?

Bridal Bouquet

Flower meanings have fascinated people for centuries, and they even play a large role in William Shakespeare’s works. In a sort of silent dialogue, flowers could be used to answer “yes” or “no” questions, too. A “yes” answer came in the form of flowers handed over with the right hand; if the left hand was used, the answer was “no.” How flowers were presented and in what condition were important. If the flowers were given upside down, then the idea being conveyed was the opposite of what was traditionally meant. How the ribbon was tied said something, too: Tied to the left, the flowers’ symbolism applied to the giver, whereas tied to the right, the sentiment was in reference to the recipient. And, of course, a wilted bouquet delivered an obvious message!

Flowers have always been a big feature at weddings, and the bridal bouquet, has always had a special meaning depending on the message the flowers and the colours convey. You therefore need to be careful of the flowers and colours you choose!  Our guide below with the most popular wedding flowers will help you.

The groom matches the bridal bouquet with his buttonhole, which he will wear on the left side of his suit. This is a very old tradition that comes from Medieval times, that if you wear the bride’s colours, that would mean a declaration of love to her. 

There is a language, little known,
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by nature’s wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek
For Love Divine and sunny hours
In the language of the flowers.

–The Language of Flowers, London, 1875

Roses
Most people know that red roses symbolize love and desire, but roses come in a variety of colors and each has their own meaning. For example, the white rose’s meaning is purity and innocence.

  • Dark red rose: unconscious beauty
  • White rose: purity, innocence, reverence, silence
  • Pink rose: grace, happiness, gentleness
  • Yellow rose: joy, friendship, the promise of a new beginning, although it was once a symbol of dying love or jealousy.
  • Orange rose: desire and enthusiasm
  • Lavender rose: love at first sight
  • Coral rose: friendship, modesty, sympathy

The Calla Lily symbolizes magnificence and beauty. White Calla lilies combine these two attributes with purity and innocence associated with the color white to make it the perfect choice of flower in a Wedding bouquet

Peony symbolizes a happy life, happy marriage, good health and prosperity.

Ranunculus symbolizes radiant charm. It conveys a message that you are radiant with charm or you are attractive.

Hydrangea symbolizes heartfelt emotions. It can be used to express gratitude for being understood. In its negative sense hydrangea symbolizes frigidity and heartlessness.

Hydrangea

Hyacinth symbolizes playfulness and a sporty attitude and in its extreme rashness. Hyacinths also denote constancy. Blue hyacinth stands for constancy, purple for sorrow, red or pink for play, white for loveliness and yellow for jealousy.

Hyacinth

Lily symbolizes purity and refined beauty. White lily symbolizes modesty and virginity, orange lily symbolizes passion, yellow lily symbolizes gaiety while Lily of the Valley symbolizes sweetness and purity of heart. The Easter lily is the symbol of the Virgin Mary.

Lily

Gerbera belongs to the daisy family and therefore assumes the symbolism associated with the daisy flower. Gerbera specifically conveys cheerfulness.

Gerberas are available in rich reds, oranges, yellows, pinks, peaches, creams and white and there a few distinct meanings including:

  • The color meaning for orange is: sunshine of life
  • Red means: unconscious in love or fully immersed in love
  • White: is a symbol of purity or innocence, childlike
  • Pink: admiration, adoration or high esteem
  • Yellow: cheerfulness

Gerbera

Gardenia symbolizes purity and sweetness. They indicate secret love. They convey joy. They tell the receiver you are lovely.

Gardenia

Tulip signifies a declaration of love. It also symbolizes fame and perfect love.

Tulip

Sunflower signifies pure thoughts. It symbolizes adoration and dedication. It is symbolic of dedicated love. It is however also symbolic of haughtiness.

Sunflower

Carnation symbolizes pride and beauty. A red carnation symbolizes love, pride and admiration; a pink carnation symbolizes the love of a woman or a mother; a purple carnation symbolizes capriciousness; a yellow carnation symbolizes disdain, rejection or disappointment; while a white carnation symbolizes innocence and pure love. A striped carnation conveys refusal.

Carnation

Aster symbolizes patience. It is also indicative of a love of variety. It also symbolizes elegance and daintiness.

Aster

Lavender means devotion or virtue

Lavender

Iris symbolizes eloquence. Purple iris is symbolic of wisdom and compliments. Blue iris symbolizes faith and hope. Yellow iris symbolizes passion while white iris symbolizes purity.

Iris

Freesia All freesias represent trust and innocence, but the white freesia is often used in weddings and symbolizes the  innocence and purity of the bride and the trust between the bride and groom

Freesia

Lisianthus has a number of meanings but the most appropriate for a wedding is The joining of two people for a lifelong bond

We hope this helps you make up the perfect bouquet for your wedding!

 

 

 

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