Photo credit: Photography by Faye Sommer
Flowers (or some type of flora, at least) have been a part of wedding celebrations for as long as we have recorded history.
Early Greek and Roman brides carried garlic, herbs, or spices to ward against evil spirits. The bride and groom also wore garlands of fresh herbs or ivy in their hair or around their necks, to symbolize new life, hope and fertility for the couple. Celtic brides carried bouquets of ivy, thistle and heather.
No one is quite sure when garlands evolved into hand held bouquets, but by the time Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, fresh, and fragrant, flowers were carried instead of the smelly herbs and spices. Favorite flowers change over the years but over time, certain flowers have assumed a coded identity. In Victorian times (mid to late 1800s) flowers held messages for those who knew the “code”.
If you want to convey a message with your wedding flowers, here are some popular wedding flowers and their meanings:
Baby’s Breath – Everlasting love
Calla Lily – Magnificent Beauty
Carnation – Devotion, Women’s Love (pink), Pure Love (white)
Daisy – Innocence
Forget-Me-Not – Remember Me
Gardenia – Secret Love
Iris – Passion
Lily of the Valley – Happiness
photo credit: Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley, cultivar) via photopin cc
Orchid – Love and Beauty
Peony – Happy Marriage
Red Rose – Be Mine and I Love You
Yellow Rose – Friendship and Caring
Pink Rose – Admiration, Joy and Gratitude
Purple Rose – Love at First Sight
Oh, and the bridal bouquet at the top? It means Purity and Innocence (the White Roses), and Passion (the Orange Roses).
Hearts, Joy, Love!
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