In the Victorian age The Language of Flowers was akin to a bible for many young lovers. It gave people a sign of the meanings of different types of flowers and what they could mean when handed over to a significant lover, a future spouse or fiancé. If you want your wedding flowers to have a symbolic meaning then harking back to older times may give you a truly beautiful bloom which also has a powerful personal meaning to you and your soon-to-be spouse.
Below we’ve taken a look at some of the most popular wedding flowers and what they actually mean.
There are many different lilies to choose from that are often chosen for weddings. The traditional lily, usually in white, has a meaning of majesty as well as truth and honour so is a wonderful choice for a wedding ceremony. They also have their sweet fragrance as an added bonus.
Calla lilies have a lighter fragrance but have a large, vibrant appearance that makes them popular for weddings. Their meaning is magnificent beauty which is a loud and proud way of celebrating a wedding.
The humble freesia is a bright and vibrant addition to any wedding bouquet or flower display. Their small yet heavily fragranced buds are a wonderful accompaniment to other flowers and symbolise innocence, which is obviously a key element of many weddings as you’re stepping into the unknown with your new partner.
Much like the freesia, except in price of course, gardenias have a similar meaning of purity which is a sentiment traditionally connected with marriage. They also symbolise joy and are a wonderful option for inclusion in bouquets and boutonnieres.
Lilac is one of those unassuming filler flowers which many florists include as an additional extra to large bouquets and arrangements. Simple with its recognisable fragrance lilac symbolises love’s first emotions which makes it entirely apt for a wedding as you reminisce of your past with your partner.
The orchid is often used for bouquets as a key feature flower or even as a corsage. It has a straightforward meaning, simply of love, which makes it close to perfect for any wedding. The range of orchids available come in a wide variety of sizes and colours so a strain can be found to fit in with your colour scheme.
One of those flowers that you may not have heard of before but your florist certainly will have done. Wide, trumpet shaped blossoms make them a great bridal flower and they’re a traditional choice due to their historic meaning – simply martial happiness. It’s no wonder florists often try and work stephanotis into their traditional wedding bouquets.
Finishing off a bloom with a twist of ivy or a couple of red tulips will include the symbols for wedded love and believing in each other and you can completely tailor your bouquets to symbolism if you think it adds something extra to your special day.
Alternatively, you could just opt for combinations and styles which you love best and surely you’ll still enjoy your big day surrounded by all your favourite blooms.
Photo credit: Pauline Rosenberg