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Magical meaning behind your wedding flowers

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It’s never easy deciding on what flowers to choose for the big day. Traditionally speaking brides who are planning their floral arrangements will turn to their parents’ bouquet, their wedding colors, the season and region, or bridal magazines for ideas, but when the options are too few or too many the meaning of flowers can be a great way to choose a central theme (and accompanying elements) for your bouquet.

Take a look at the meanings below, and choose the symbol that you feel is important as you greet your husband to be. From there, you can incorporate other flowers for their appearance, or for their lesser symbolism.

Carnation – Depending on color, these flowers can be used as messages to the recipient, or expression of whims. Although many feel these have become a dated choice the beauty of the carnation has undergone more of a resurgence in recent times.

Here are other flowers to keep in mind when picking them out for your wedding day:

Apple Blossoms – Good fortune.


Blue Violets – Promise, faithfulness

Forget-Me-Nots – True love.

Gardenias – Joy, laughter and wonderful memories.

Daisy – Innocence, purity, and simple joy

Ivy – Marital strength, fidelity, and commitment

White Lily – Purity, virginity and innocence

Cala Lilly – Magnificence, beauty, and stately glory

Tiger Lily – Wealth and pride

Myrtle – Love forever, and lasting marriage

Peony – Happy life and marriage

Lily of the Valley – Happiness and humility before God

Orange blossoms – Fertility and eternal love

Orchids – Beauty, exotic adventure together, and refinement

Roses – Love

Violet – modesty

Freesia – Innocence

Baby’s breath – Fruitfulness and reward for a happy union

Daffodil – Modest regard

There are some flowers you might want to avoid for their meaning. If you’ve already decided on one of these flowers, don’t worry too much flowers come with so many meanings and you can easily associate your own memory of a wonderful wedding with that flower in the future.

Marigold – Cruelty and jealousy

Narcissus – Narcissism and ego

Oleander – Proceed with caution

Petunia – Resentment and anger

Sweetpea – Departure and goodbye

Rosebuds – Pure innocence, as in a child

Larkspur – Fickleness

Hyacinth – Rashness

Geranium – Stupid ideas, folly

When arranging the bouquet, choose one central theme. If you choose lily of the valley, for happiness and humility before God, then you can choose either a flower with a similar symbolism for instance, violets or look for a flower which represents another aspect you want represented on your wedding day.

Ribbons are an easy way to incorporate color and new meaning into the bouquet. Use a ribbon in a matching or contrasting color to decorate a single flower stem, or to bind together a bouquet. Long trailing ribbons look great with a long trailing gown, but a short or small ribbon can have a great deal of impact.

Red – Blood, fire, courage, love and passion.

Brown – Stability, the power of the earth, and the harvest or fall.

Orange – Joy, enthusiasm, refreshment and the invigoration of youth.

Gold – Prestige, wisdom and wealth.

Yellow – Sun, happiness, warmth, cheer and a simple life.

Green – Nature, growth, fertility, healing, hope and wealth.

Blue – Trust, wisdom, intelligence, faith, mental prowess, tranquility, piety.

Purple – Royalty, power, nobility, extravagance, magic.

White – Innocence, purity, goodness, the feminine and faith.

Black – Power, elegance, mystery, the masculine, and prestige.


Whatever you choose, be sure you’re happy with it, don’t get overwhelmed by the options that are out there. Stay true to your wedding theme and if in doubt simple is best, and be sure to enjoy your floral journey.