Flowers are a beautiful addition to any wedding decor, as well as a lovely adornment for the wedding party. Brides make sure they choose flowers with care and consideration to enhance their ceremony. It’s been said, that during Victorian times, lovers would send messages to each other using different flowers, with each flower having its own meaning. These associations were soon adopted for the bride’s bouquets and are still used today by many brides. Isn’t that romantic?
During Roman times, brides and grooms wore floral garlands to signify new life and hope for fertility. The custom of the bride carrying flowers has its roots in ancient times. Strong smelling herbs and spices were thought to ward off and drive away evil spirits and ill-health.
Flowers are love’s truest language and here is a few of the most popular wedding flowers preferred by brides today and their symbolic meanings.
- Anemones: Represents expectations and they bloom in either single or double blossoms an is in season from fall (Japanese) to spring (Wood or De Can)
- Baby’s Breath: Represents innocence and is best used as a filler in bouquets, corsage and are in season year round.
- Calla Lily: Means magnificent beauty and this large tropical flower is very popular in weddings.
- Carnations: Pink represents boldness, red symbolizes love and white indicates talent, some other colors have negative connotations. Carnations are in season all year-round and have a very light fragrance or none at all.
- Chrysanthemum or Mum: Meaning wealth, abundance, truth and the name literally means “Golden Flower” used most often in the fall.
- Daffodil: Meaning regard and is most often used in the spring.
- Daisy: Meaning share your feelings and are in season year-round.
- Freesia: Meaning innocence and spring brides enjoy the sweet fragrance of the freesia flower.
- Gardenia: Meaning purity and joy.
- Hydrangea: Meaning understanding and is used by spring and fall wedding bouquets and arrangements.
- Iris: Meaning a message of faith, wisdom and spring brides enjoy this beautiful flower as part of their wedding bouquets.
- Lilac: Meaning love’s first emotions with a strong fragrance. A little flower fact: The local lilac is grown like a bush, and is used as a filler because of the greenery. The French lilac is more flower like and can be used as such in bouquets and arrangements. This exotic flower comes in a variety of colors and sizes.
- Lily of the Valley: Meaning happiness and these small, fragile, bell-shaped flowers are considered traditional marriage flowers.
- Magnolia: Love of nature and are best used for flower arrangements by spring or summer brides.
- Orchid: Meaning love, beauty and is best used for bouquet, boutonnieres and corsages.
- Roses: Meaning love, joy and they are the most popular wedding flower.
- Stephanotis: Meaning marital happiness. They are best used for bouquets and arrangements. Brides love their trumpet shape blossoms consider them traditional bridal flowers, no doubt due to their meaning.
- Tulips: Meaning love, passion this flower is a favorite for spring brides. Flower fact: These sweet and stately flowers can be found in myriad of colors. Let’s not forget the Sunflower many country brides love their sunflowers!
Brides and Grooms will be celebrating World Marriage Day on the second Sunday in February and it honors husbands and wives as the basic units of society, and statutes for “the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice, and joy in daily married life. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with flowers that express your truest love language to your sweetheart.