Flower Talk – The Language (and Meaning) of Flowers

The meaning of flowers - iris (passion)

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The meaning of flowers - Bridal bouquet of white roses (purity & innocence) and orange roses (passion)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

The meaning of flowers - baby's breath (everlasting love)photo credit: Free to use texture/background via photopin cc

Calla Lily – Magnificent Beauty

The meaning of flowers - calla lily (magnificent beauty)photo credit: Calla (Zantedeschia aethiopica) via photopin cc

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

Carnation - Devotion, Women's Love (pink), Pure Love (white) photo credit: Carnation via via photopin cc

Daisy – Innocence

The meaning of flowers - daisy (innocence)photo credit: Cape daisies via photopin cc

Forget-Me-Not – Remember Me

The meaning of flowers - forget-me-not (remember me)photo credit: unforgettable via photopin cc

Gardenia – Secret Love

The meaning of flowers - gardenia (secret love)photo credit: Gardenia Blossom via photopin cc

Iris – Passion

The meaning of flowers - iris (passion)photo credit: MAC_4216 via photopin cc

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Lily of the Valley – Happiness

The meaning of flowers - lily-of-the-valley (happiness)photo credit: Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley, cultivar) via photopin cc

Orchid – Love and Beauty

photo credit: Exposición de Orquídeas, Caracas 20Jul2014 via photopin cc

Peony – Happy Marriage

The meaning of flowers - peony (happy marriage)photo credit: IMG_0804 via via photopin cc

Red Rose – Be Mine and I Love You

The meaning of flowers - red rose (be mine and I love you)photo credit: Christmas Rose via photopin cc

Yellow Rose – Friendship and Caring

The meaning of flowers - yellow rose (friendship and caring)photo credit: Roses are yellow II via photopin cc

Pink Rose – Admiration, Joy and Gratitude

The meaning of flowers - pink rose (admiration, joy and gratitude)photo credit: Rose laser via photopin cc

Purple Rose – Love at First Sight

The meaning of flowers - purple rose (love at first sight)photo credit: Purple Rose via photopin cc

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

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Bride & Groom Q & A – Cake Toppers

classic bride and groom wedding cake topper

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Q. – I don’t know what wedding cake topper to get. Some look so heavy.

A. – Cake toppers come in just about every style – monograms, bride and grooms, doves. Even dragons, the Chinese Double Happiness symbol, a pair of dogs. The possibilities are endless.

So, how to decide what type of cake topper to get?

Easy. Choose a topper that coordinates with your wedding theme and style. You can go traditional with a bride and groom, or choose something more stylized to fit your wedding theme. For Dr. Who fans, have a pair of daleks. And a castle is the perfect topper for a princess theme.

dalek wedding cake toppers

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Castle Wedding Cake Topper

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Flowers are a popular choice for a wedding cake topper. You can have your florist create a small arrangement. Or you can use your toss bouquet.

Wedding Cake with Floral Cake Topper

photo credit: 808 Studios Photography

While most cake toppers are made with their purpose in mind – to sit atop a cake – some can be a bit too heavy, unless additional support is in the cake. You certainly won’t want your cake topper to sink down into your cake, or to fall off!

The only way to know for sure is to have your baker the topper do a trial run of just the top tier. That way she can see if any extra dowels or other support methods will need to be inserted into the wedding cake.

Then again, there’s no rule that says you have to have a cake topper. Some wedding cakes are quite lovely with nothing at all on the very top.

Wedding Cake by Tiers of Sugar

photo credit: openField photography

If you do decide to use a cake topper and it ends up that it will still be too heavy for your cake, you can always set it on the table next to your cake.

Good luck!

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Money Saving Tips For Your Wedding Day (That Are Also “Green”)

Many money saving tips for your wedding ceremony and reception are also “green.” Here are some easy ideas to save money on your wedding plans, and they’re good for the environment too!

Corner copy
Corner copy is your reception information that is literally printed in the corner (sometimes centered) at the bottom of your wedding invitation. By using corner copy you will save a significant amount of money. It costs about $10, regardless of quantity. Compare this to what you’d be paying for 100 or more Reception cards.

An added bonus is that since you’ll have less items going into your invitation suite, you may end up paying less for postage!

wedding invitation corner copy sample

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Re-use your ceremony décor and bouquets
You’ve spend good money on something that otherwise will only be used for an hour or so. Get your moneys worth – reuse altar arrangements, pew décor and your bridesmaids’ bouquets as decorations for your reception.

Use non-florals
Candles in lanterns, individual tiers of wedding cake, bird cages for a garden wedding, seashells for a beach/seaside theme, branches, leaves or acorns for a fall wedding are all fun, budget-conscious décor ideas.

wedding cake centerpiece

Use individual potted plants
Group smaller ones together for centerpieces. Then at the end of the evening these can be sent home with guests as favors. Larger potted plants can be used as aisle décor for your ceremony or a pretty arrangement on the bar or escort card table. Send these home as a special “thank you” to someone who helped out on your wedding day. Since the plants can be taken home and replanted there is less waste – excellent for the environment.

Donate centerpieces and left over food
Check with a local nursing home or hospital. Some may welcome the donation of pretty flowers. Also, if your caterer allows leftover food to be taken off the premises, check with local groups to see who has a program for donating food to local shelters.

A special cake knife set or toasting glasses engraved with your names and wedding date are nice, personalized touches for your wedding. However, afterwards these types of items usually end up in the attic. Instead of purchasing something that will only be used once, borrow your keepsake items.

Wedding Gown
Borrow your wedding gown from a loved one or go to consignment shop or ebay to find your gown. If you purchase your wedding gown you can donate it or sell it on ebay afterwards.

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F is for Flowers

Perhaps one of the most important areas of planning your wedding is choosing your floral arrangements and other wedding flowers. The right arrangements and flower types chosen are key in expressing your wedding vision.

And what is the most important arrangement that a bride will choose? Her bridal bouquet.

All the latest magazines are filled with beautiful bridal bouquets – but guess what? Most of them are a hand-tied style – where the flower stems are gathered and tied together with a lovely ribbon. Hand tied bouquets are gorgeous, but there are several different bouquet styles that you might want to consider.

The following glossary will show you some other beautiful bouquet styles.


Bride's Cascade Bouquet

A waterfall-like spill of blooms, often composed of ivy and long-stemmed flowers, that is wired to cascade gracefully over the bride’s hands.

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crescent bridal bouquet

Composed of one full flower and a flowering stem, often orchids, wired together to form a slender handle that can be held in one hand. Designed as either a full crescent — a half circle with a central flower and blossoms emanating from two sides — or a semi-crescent, which has only one trailing stem.


floral pomander kissing ball

A bloom-covered ball suspended from a ribbon. Ideal for child attendants.

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Tussy mussy:

tussy mussy wedding bouquet

From the Victorian era, a tussy mussy is a posy carried in a small, metallic, hand-held vase. Today, the term is often used in reference to the holder itself.


Small, round bouquets, approximately 6 to 8 inches in diameter.


A tightly arranged nosegay, consisting of concentric circles of various flowers, with one flower type per circle. Each circle of flowers is often a different color.


Also known as the pageant bouquet, this is a bunch of long stemmed flowers cradled in the bride’s arms.

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Photo credit (bride’s cascade bouquet): Thomas Bartler Photography

B is for Boutonniere

orchid boutonniereIf you are like most brides, you will give a lot of thought to your bouquet. But flowers aren’t just for the ladies. There are other wedding flowers to think about. Although much smaller, don’t skimp on the thought for your groom’s button hole or boutonnerie.

While a rosebud bout is probably the most traditional, it is by no means the only choice. Your groom’s button hole should compliment your bouquet, and fit the style of your wedding.

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Non-floral options are very charming and unique – either as an accent of the flowers in the boutonniere or as the whole thing. You might consider colorful leaves or wheat. For a winter wedding, a small piece of evergreen or pine cones are adorable. Ferns, berries, feathers, and pussywillow are also great non-floral choices.

For more boutonniere inspiration check out these link:
Martha Stewart Weddings – Best Boutonnieres
Fifty Flowers – Boutonniere Inspiration For The Guys
Wedding Wire – Wedding Boutonnieres 101Hearts, Joy, Love!

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Bride’s Q&A – Alternatives to Flowers

Alternatives to Flowers

Q. I am not a flower lover! Everything else in the wedding seems more important to me personally, than wedding flowers. My decorator is really encouraging me to go with fresh cut all around, but this will be expensive. Should I pay, is it just me that doesn’t really care about flowers?

A. If you are not a flower lover, or maybe flowers are just low on your list of priorities, then don’t go extravagant on flowers. I have seen weddings that were very elegant, yet pretty minimal on flowers for the decor.

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Are there other decorative elements that you prefer instead of flowers, such as candles (an inexpensive look yet such a beautiful ambiance), white Christmas lights, simpler floral arrangements (perhaps a tall slender vase with a couple colorful Gerber daisies?)

Colorful table overlays also add a nice splash of color and texture. Even greenery can add color and texture without costing a lot.

Some alternatives to floral centerpieces are:

Small Decorative Table Fountain

Votive candle in glass bowl

non-floral candle centerpiece

Before your next meeting with your decorator, try to get some type of decorative “style” in mind. Show her pictures from magazines (doesn’t have to be just wedding magazines, fashion and interior decorating magazines are great places for inspiration). Show her what appeals to you and what you don’t like. After this discussion, she should be able to offer suggestions more in tune to what you have in mind. If she still insists on tons of flowers, are there any other decorators in your area you can turn to instead? Don’t pay for something you really don’t want, and don’t let anyone talk you into something you don’t want.

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