Designing your bridal bouquet and choosing the blooms that will make up your bridesmaid arrangements is one of the most exciting aspects of your wedding planning, but there’s a lot more behind those dazzling flowers than pure aesthetics. Whether ascribed in literature or mythology, there is a specific language to flowers that have unique meanings that can say something about the person who carries them. Here are a few of the most common wedding flowers and their meanings as reported by Real Simple Magazine:
Amaranthus: Constancy and fidelity
Amaryllis: Pride, pastoral beauty
Anemone: Abandonment, forsakenness, sincerity, fragility
Chrysanthemum: Happiness and long life
Chrysanthemum (White): Truth
Chrysanthemum (Yellow): Secret admirer
Chrysanthemum (Red): Love
Daffodil (a.k.a. Narcissus): Respect, good fortune, chivalry, unrequited love
Daisy: Innocence, loyal love, purity
Forget-Me-Not: Faithful love and memory, true love
Iris: Faith and wisdom, inspiration
Ivy: Fidelity, wedded love, affection
Lilac: First love
Lily: Purity and sweetness
Lily of the Valley: Renewed happiness and humility
Orchid: Love and beauty
Peony: Happiness and prosperity
Rose (Red): Love and desire
Rose (White): Purity and innocence
Sweet Pea: Departure
Tulip: True love
Zinnia: Thoughts of friends, thoughts of absent friends
How can I include these in my ceremony?
With this information in mind, you can find the perfect mix of colors and texture to blend with your bridesmaid gowns, but also include a few blooms that can say something special about each member of your bridal party.
Before your special day, consider putting a unique bloom into each one of your bridesmaid bouquets, along with a small card that explains the meaning behind it. For instance, if a young sister or family member is a bridesmaid, the lily’s meaning of purity and sweetness could be a natural fit. If nothing else, this can be a great jumping off point in your thank you letters that can help you talk about how your bridesmaid’s qualities informed the person you are today, and why you value them as loved ones. It may seem like a small gesture, but your choices can show your gratitude in a wholly unique way that will surely resonate with your bridesmaids!
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