While you’re busy browsing for inspiration for your wedding, it can be easy to just focus on bouquet and décor color when it comes to flowers. But did you know that many blooms also have a hidden meaning or association? For a fun and meaningful touch to your wedding, think about your theme and what you want your day to convey, then look at floral options that fit well with this.
Here we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular wedding flowers and the hidden meanings behind them:
Rose Bridal Bouquet
Roses are definitely one of the flower types that people traditionally associate with beauty, love, romance and, of course, weddings! Available in a huge array of colors, types and scents – there are over three thousand varieties of rose grown commercially! Tea roses, garden roses and spray roses tend to be the most popular for weddings.
Depending on the color, roses have different symbolic meaning. A red rose symbolizes passion whereas a white rose means purity. Pink signifies joy and admiration whilst orange symbolizes desire and enthusiasm. So if you’re looking to incorporate meaning and a personal touch into your wedding and want to use roses, make sure you think about the color and how this fits in with your theme.
Dahlia Wedding Flowers
One of the most popular flowers at the moment are dahlias, a bloom which continues to dominate late summer and fall wedding designs especially as September and October are some of the best times to buy them. They have large blooms, are a symmetrical shape and are more affordable than other popular wedding alternatives (peonies, we’re looking at you here).
Related to daisies, dahlias are originally from Scandinavia – their name translates to “from the valley” which works really well with an outdoors or garden theme. You could also co-ordinate your bridesmaid’s robes to your flowers with this beautiful Dahlia Print Floral Robe, ensuring that your theme runs throughout the day.
Hydrangea Wedding Bouquet
This traditional bloom is slowly becoming more popular again, with its abundance of petals close together and pastel tones. Hydrangeas are also traditionally associated with perseverance and heartfelt emotion, which makes them a great choice for a symbolic wedding flower.
Gardenia Bride Bouquet
With their dark, waxy leaves and large, delicate flowers this South African plan comes also comes in a miniature variety. You often see gardenias as a focal point in bouquet or used in table decorations or in the brides hair. They symbolize joy and are perfect addition to a personal, fun wedding day.
Calla Lily Bridal Flowers
A popular wedding choice, this elegant, trumpet shaped flower has very high brow meaning behind it – it’s meaning is ‘regal’, making it perfect for fairytale or more formal weddings.
Peony Bridal Bouquet
If you’ve done any Pinterest research for your wedding, you’ll probably have come across a plethora of peony bouquets. Available in a variety of color and styles, they can be expensive – particularly if you want them outside of their summer season – but did you know that they actually symbolize a happy marriage? Just another reason why they’ve been an extremely popular bouquet choice in recent years! Whatever color peony you go for, you can always match your wedding robes with your flowers, so that the photos of you getting ready will tie in with the photos of you with your bouquet – try this pretty Peony Print Floral Robe.
Ranunculus Wedding Flowers
A more budget friendly option than roses and peonies, ranunculus still has that lush, multi-petal and fluffy look that’s so popular in wedding bouquets, plus the fact that it comes in so many different colors. It’s a relative of the buttercup with foliage that’s pretty similar to a fern. In the Victorian language of flowers, ranunculus means “I am dazzled by your charms.”
For a really cute touch, you could always match other aspects of your wedding to your flowers such as your invitations, bridesmaids floral robes or your bachelorette party.