How to Incorporate Flowers With Meaning Into Your Wedding

Wedding flowers are one of the most important elements in your dream wedding. Many brides select flowers based on their wedding's color palette, while others simply choose their favorite flowers. There is a language of flowers, though, and each flower has its own meaning. Think about how to incorporate flowers with meaning into your wedding.

The language of flowers had its origins in the Victorian era, when one could express several sentiments with the presentation of one bouquet. The Victorians could communicate feelings silently through the exchange of a tussie-mussie or even a single flower. Add flowers with meaning to your bouquet, church flowers or within your reception table centerpieces.


A red rose says "love," while a white rose says "I am worthy of you." A cream-colored rose means perfection, while a lavender rose signifies enchantment. Orange roses mean fascination, peach roses mean desire, and dark pink mean thankfulness. A yellow rose means joy, but a dark crimson rose stands for mourning, so avoid placing them in your bridal bouquet.


Tulips are often a starring flower at spring weddings. They are available in a variety of colors and, in general, the tulip stands for new beginnings--ideal for a wedding. The red tulip signifies love. The yellow tulip has traditionally been the flower for hopeless love, which could be loosely interpreted as hopelessly in love with each other.


The basic lily stands for devotion. However, a white lily signifies purity, while a yellow lily expresses joy. The elegant calla lily, a popular choice in modern weddings, represents beauty. It is often carried as a single flower with a silk ribbon to match the wedding's colors. Lilies of the valley can be incorporated into bouquets or centerpieces and mean the return of happiness.


The daisy is a simple flower that can look beautiful in a variety of wedding themes and styles. The daisy signifies innocence.


Orchids of any color stand for beauty, thoughtfulness and love.


The chrysanthemums, a popular choice for fall weddings, have different meanings for each color. The red means love and white means truth. You may want to avoid adding yellow chrysanthemums into your wedding flowers, as they signify slighted love.

Centerpieces with meaning

To help incorporate more than just flowers with meaning into your wedding, include the amethyst, a vibrant purple flowering plant that means admiration. It may look striking as a table centerpiece. Having a Southwestern wedding? Consider the cactus as a centerpiece as it means endurance. White heather adds height to a floral arrangement and stands for good luck. A dogwood branch may look elegant amid a long table, and dogwood stands for durability. Cherry blossom branches signify spirituality and beauty.

Not every flower chosen for your wedding needs to have a specific meaning. However, incorporating special messages to your partner, family and friends through flower choices can add another level of uniqueness to your special day.

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