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!
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
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.
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