You may have your favorite flowers already picked out for your wedding. This selection may be based on the flower’s looks, color, on seasonal availability, or even price. But have you considered adding flowers to your wedding based on its sentimental and symbolic meaning? Here are some flower options you might choose based on its sentiments of love, happiness and the good fortune that they convey.
The name, “daisy,” comes from the Anglo-Saxon “daes eage,” or “day’s eye.” This is in reference to the way flowers open and close with the sun. Daisies symbolize innocence, gentleness, and purity. This flower is said to have derived from a Dryad who presided over forests, meadows, and pastures. This could be represented to mean a spirit of watchfulness and protection.
This gorgeous, voluptuous flower is the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower. Peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.
Red tulips are most strongly associated with true love, while purple symbolizes royalty. The meaning of yellow tulips has evolved somewhat, from once representing unrequited love to now being a common expression for cheerful thoughts and sunshine.
A controversial flower; there remains some debate over the hydrangea’s symbolism – with some connecting it to vanity and boastfulness (perhaps reflecting its abundance of petals and lavish, rounded shape) and others suggesting that a bouquet of hydrangea expresses the giver’s gratefulness for the recipient’s understanding. Brides understandably choose to go with the latter meaning. Hydrangeas evoke elegance and gentleness.
Also known as ‘the mum’, the Chrysanthemum is one of the most important cut flowers used for bouquets and boutonnieres today. As a bloom of great importance, the Chrysanthemum symbolizes lasting friendship, support from your family and loved ones, cheerfulness and good spirits, enduring life.
Traditionally, hibiscus flowers represent delicate beauty, unity and peace. The hibiscus flower holds special meaning in many Asian countries and is also the national flower of Malaysia.
Arguably nature’s happiest flower, the Daffodil Symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings and is virtually synonymous with spring. Though their botanic name is narcissus, daffodils are sometimes called jonquils, and in England, because of their long association with Lent, they’re known as the “Lent Lily.”
The most highly coveted of ornamental plants, the delicate, exotic and graceful orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility. For a bride and groom who plan to start a family soon, the orchid may be the perfect ornament.