Wedding Flowers and their Meanings
The Wedding Flowers have always been a big feature at weddings and sometimes the bride is very specific about which flowers are included in her bouquet as they may have a very special meaning to her.
The groom also wears a flower that appears in the bridal bouquet in his button-hole. This comes from the Medieval tradition of wearing his Lady’s colours, as a declaration of his love.
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
I have picked a few of the more popular wedding flowers and investigated their meaning:
Amaryllis – This flower is symbolic of splendid beauty. It is also used to indicate worth beyond beauty.
Baby’s Breath – Symbolises innocence and used as a filler in bouquets.
Calla Lily – Symbolises magnificence and beauty.
Carnation – Symbolises pride and beauty. A red carnation symbolises love, pride and admiration, a pink carnation symbolises the love of a woman or a mother, while a white carnation symbolises innocence and pure love.
Chrysanthemum – Symbolises fidelity, optimism, joy and long life.
Daffodil – Symbolises regard and chivalry. It also symbolises unrequited love.
Daisy – Symbolises innocence and purity.
Freesia – Symbolises innocence and thoughtfulness.
Gardenia – Symbolises purity and sweetness.
Gerbera – belongs to the daisy family and therefore assumes the symbolism associated with the daisy flower. Gerbera specifically conveys cheerfulness.
Lily – Symbolises purity and refined beauty. White lily symbolises modesty and virginity, orange lily symbolises passion, yellow lily symbolises gaiety.
Lily of the Valley – Symbolises happiness. These small fragile bell-shaped flowers are considered traditional marriage flowers.
Orchid – This is a symbol of the exotic beauty. It symbolises refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm. It also symbolises proud and glorious femininity.
Peony – Symbolises a happy life, happy marriage, good health and prosperity.
Rose – Symbolises love, joy and beauty.
Sunflower – Short stemmed symbolise adoration, however long stemmed symbolise haughtiness.
Sweet Pea – Indicates delicate pleasure and bliss.
Tulip – Signifies a declaration of love. It also symbolises fame and perfect love.
So you can either choose the wedding flowers that you like the look off or choose them for their meaning.
Paul is married to Patricia (who helped him write these Wedding Hints & Tips posts!!) and the proud Dad to 2 fantastic sons.
He has been a full-time professional photographer since 1990 and been privileged to have been asked to photograph well over 1300 weddings since then.
He worked in his own High Street Photography Studios up until December 2010 when he decided to downsize and work from home. He now splits his time between running Photography Courses and Workshops and Wedding Photography, limiting himself to 30 weddings a year to maintain the quality and high level of customer service to each of his couples.
Based in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland