Some couples choose their wedding flowers for their symbolic meanings.  In Victorian times, couples exchanged flowers with different meanings as a method of communication and expressing their feelings, like a kind of love-letter.  How magically romantic!

Rose meanings

The symbolism of roses depends on their colour:

Red rose: deep emotion

White rose: purity

Pink rose: admiration and appreciation

Pale purple rose: love at first sight

Yellow rose: friendship

Orange rose: passion and energy


Other flowers and their meanings

Here are some other popular wedding flowers with their attributed meanings:

Ammi majus (the clusters of tiny white flowers above): safe haven

Calla lily: magnificence

Jasmine: grace and elegance

Lisianthus (pink flower pictured): calm

Peony: good health, healing, prosperity

Ranunculus: radiance

Sunflower: adoration


The carrying of a bridal bouquet is itself connected to more general symbolism.  Historically, the bride carried a strongly-scented bouquet to ward off evil spirits, as well as for good health, new beginnings and good luck.

If you would like more ideas and information on choosing your wedding flowers, why not order a free Wedding Flowers Guide in Weddings?

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