The Meaning of Flowers

Flowers have long been a part of celebrations and weddings. They can transform any event. The right flowers can take an ordinary room and make it extraordinary. Elevate a simple ceremony location to dream-like vision. And then there’s the bouquet, the signature floral element of a blushing bride.  But did you know your bouquet had something to say?

The language of flowers or “floriography” became popular under the reign of Queen Victoria, when verbally expressing feelings of love and affection was taboo, particularly during courtship. A nosegay made up of specific blossoms was a way to say what you felt without actually saying it.

Ok, so while we don’t really put much stock into what your flowers are saying on your wedding day, we do thinks it’s fun!  (This would even be a fun post-wedding thing to incorporate into your garden) Below are just a few flowers and their meanings.  Read on and let us know what your bouquet say about you….


Anemones symbolize anticipation.  The name anemone comes from the Greek word for “windflower”, and thought to bring luck and protect against evil.
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Baby’s Breath symbolize everlasting love, purity of heart, innocence, and the breath of the Holy Spirit.

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Calla lilies symbolize purity, which is why the white Calla lily is so often used in weddings. They do, however, come in a nearly endless range of colors.

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Chrysanthemums symbolize optimism, compassion, loveliness, joy, fidelity and long life. It’s said that a single petal of this flower placed at the bottom of a wine glass will result in a long & healthy life. Red: I love you, the beginning of a new relationship. White: Truth, honesty, loyal love.


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Dahlias symbolize commitment and the eternal bond between two people. They’re used to express personal, intimate sentiments and denote elegance and dignity.

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Delphiniums are a symbol of an open heart and ardent attachment. They also symbolize fun and playfulness.

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The meaning of Gerbera daisies comes from the basic attributes of the daisy family – innocence, purity and a classic symbol of beauty. Because of the Gerbera daisy’s bright hues, it is also a symbol of cheerfulness. Red: Passion, fullness of love. Yellow: Warmth and sunshine, friendliness. White: Truth, purity, innocence. Pink: Appreciation, compassion.


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Hydrangeas are often used as an expression of gratitude, particularly in exchange for the giver being understood by the receiver. Hydrangeas are often gifted for a couple’s fourth wedding anniversary, possessing enduring grace and beauty.

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Lilacs are the harbinger of spring, symbolizing the transition from adolescence into adulthood. They symbolize youth and innocence as well as confidence. They are both whimsical and sophisticated. White: Youthful innocence. Purple: First love, protection.

Lily of the Valley’s tiny, fragrant blooms are said to bring luck in love, symbolizing chastity, purity of heart and sweetness. They are one of the most traditional wedding flowers.

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The meaning of orchids has changed over the centuries, symbolizing fertility in Ancient Greece, then representing luxury and wealth in the Victorian era. Today, they are a symbol of rare and delicate beauty. White Phalaenopsis: Beauty. Cymbidium: Elegance, romance. Dendrobium: Love, affection, luxury, strength.

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Peonies symbolize compassion, and are known as the flower of riches and honor. They are symbols of good fortune, a happy marriage, good health and prosperity.

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These flowers are celebrated for their bright beauty, and consequently symbolize radiant charm. They are used to express attraction and appreciation of another’s charms.

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Roses are a well-known symbol of love and passion, but the wide variety of colors means that every rose has a unique story to tell. Red: Enduring passion, true love, affection. White: Humility, innocence, youthfullness, serenity. Yellow: Joy, friendship. Dark Pink: Appreciation, admiration. Light Pink: Grace, elegance. Orange: Enthusiasm, desire, excitement for the future. Purple: Enchantment, love at first sight, royalty, majesty.

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A traditional wedding flower, the stephanotis symbolizes marital happiness.

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Tulips symbolize consuming love and passion. The dark center is supposed to represent a lover’s heart, darkened by the heat of passion and affection. They also symbolize happy years. Red: Perfect love, a declaration of love. Yellow: Cheerful thoughts of joy. White: Worthiness. Pink: Happiness, confidence, affection.

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Now that you know what they have to say….what will your bouquet say about you?

**All photos are Green Bee’s designs and pics from some pretty talented photographers

Happy Planning!

Green Bee


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