The Language of Flowers

BouquetFlowers have been a part of wedding celebrations for as long as we have recorded history.  Early Greek and Roman brides wore garlands of fresh herbs or ivy in their hair as a talisman against evil spirits.  They also symbolized fertility and wishes for good fortune to shine on the new couple.

No one is quite sure when garlands evolved into hand held bouquets but from time immemorial flowers have been an integral part of the wedding decor.  Favorite flowers change over the years but over time, certain flowers have assumed a coded identity.  In Victorian times (mid to late 1800s) flowers held messages for those who knew the “code”.  If you’d like your wedding flowers to convey a message, here are some of the meanings attached to common wedding flower choices.

  • Baby’s Breath – innocence and purity
  • Calla Lily – magnificent beauty
  • Carnation – Devotion, women’s love (pink), pure love (white)
  • Daffodil – Regard/respect
  • Daisy – Loyal Love
  • Fern – Magic, fascination
  • Forget-me-not – True Love
  • Gardenia – Secret Love
  • Iris – Passion
  • Ivy – Wedded Love
  • Lily of the Valley – Happiness
  • Orange Blossoms – Eternal love
  • Orchid -Love and beauty
  • Peony – Happy Marriage
  • Rose – Love, beauty, passion and joy

Note:  If you wish to know more about flowers and what they symbolize, check out this web site for victorianbazaar.com   and once in click on flowers.

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