Before you begin planning your wedding bouquet based on what you find most aesthetically pleasing you should know what your favourite wedding flowers symbolise. Dating back to the Victorian era when public displays of emotion were frowned upon the language of flowers developed as a means for communication.
Each wedding flower thus has its own meaning associated with it. Along with what types of wedding flowers you select the colour of the flower can also have its own specific meaning. While we wouldn’t suggest taking the meanings too literally it’s fun to know and can help you decide on the ideal flowers for your bridal bouquet and wedding flower arrangements.
What the most popular wedding flowers symbolises:
Baby’s Breath – Represents innocence, a pure heart and happiness.
Calla Lily – Magnificent beauty and refinement.
Carnations – Each colour carnation has a slightly different meaning associated with it. White equals pure love while red symbolises a deep love and affection.
Chrysanthemum – Wealth, abundance, truth and everlasting.
Daffodil – Unrequited love and regard.
Dahlia – Good Taste, Enduring Grace
Frangipani – Shelter, Protection, Special message of the future.
Freesia – Trust
Gardenia – Purity and Joy
Hydrangea – Understanding
Iris – Hope and Wisdom
Orchids – Love and Beauty
Peony – Happy Marriage
Rose – A red rose symbolises passionate love, while a white rose is said to represent pure love and a combination of red and white rose depicts unity.
Stephanotis – Symbol of Marital Happiness
Tulip – A red tulip represents a declaration of love while a yellow tulip symbolises hopeless love.
Wedding flowers to stay clear of based on their meaning:
The meanings behind the below flowers aren’t typically the kind of symbols brides will want associated with their big day!
Christmas Rose – Scandal
Lavender – Distrust
Yellow Carnation – Disdain
Yellow Lily – Falsehood
Yellow Rose – Jealousy
Hopefully now you can be confident in both the look and meaning behind your bridal flowers!