Flower Talk – The Language (and Meaning) of Flowers

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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

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Calla Lily – Magnificent Beauty

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Carnation – Devotion, Women’s Love (pink), Pure Love (white)

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Daisy – Innocence

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Forget-Me-Not – Remember Me

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Gardenia – Secret Love

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Iris – Passion

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Lily of the Valley – Happiness

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Orchid – Love and Beauty

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Peony – Happy Marriage

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Red Rose – Be Mine and I Love You

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Yellow Rose – Friendship and Caring

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Pink Rose – Admiration, Joy and Gratitude

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Purple Rose – Love at First Sight

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Oh, and the bridal bouquet at the top? It means Purity and Innocence (the White Roses), and Passion (the Orange Roses).

Hearts, Joy, Love!

If you’re looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net, 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647.

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