Recently I've been posting on social media about the meaning that various flowers have and I've been getting a great reaction from you guys. When you understand the meanings behind flowers, it can give you a whole new perspective and really influence your choice of blooms for different occasions, themes, seasons or settings. I've picked out my Top Ten faves for wedding flowers based on their meanings and how I feel about the flowers in general. It's definitely a personal thing so take a look below and let me know what you think. What are your fave flower meanings?
The iris is very much in vogue at the moment and typically symbolizes hope, faith, wisdom and valor. It's perfect for arrangements as it is colorful and fragrant. It is commonly available in spring though the price range can vary from moderate to expensive, depending on the variety you choose. Irises come in several sizes; they are usually blue or white, but the more exotic purple and violet hues are increasingly popular.
Sunflowers just make me smile and feel happy :-) It's not really surprising given that sunflowers typically represent long life, positivity, strength, loyalty and strong bonds. In Chinese culture they are very much associated with good luck and happiness. They're beautiful as a single-stem carried down the aisle and though they don't have any discernible scent, they are relatively inexpensive when in season.
8. Baby's Breath or Gypsophila (or gyp)
This perennial favourite earns it's top ten status with good reason. It represents everlasting and undying love, and innocence. Though it has little or no scent, it's perfect as a filler in bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. Gyp is inexpensive and typically available year-round so it's always a firm favourite.
7. Chrysanthemum (or mum)
Who doesn't love mums?! They represent truth, abundance and wealth and they are perfect for bouquets and arrangements. They can come in a huge variety of sizes and colours and can make for a fun-filled, colourful vibe. They're usually available all year-round and are relatively inexpensive. The name literally means "golden flower."
6. Calla Lily
The key meaning of calla lilies is magnificent beauty. No surprise there, just one look at these elegant stems and you can understand that meaning clearly. They tend to be lightly fragrant and are perfect for an elegant arm bouquet. Calla Lilies are in season in spring and summer and though this large tropical flower can be expensive, we think they're worth every cent!
5. Sweet Pea
What's life without a little pleasure? Sweet pea is all about delicate or blissful pleasure ... need we say more? We love the heady fragrance of sweet-pea and nothing is more beautiful than baskets or vases of these beautiful blooms in a garden setting. The pricing is usually pretty moderate as long as you get them in season, which is late spring and early summer.
Hydrangeas are stunning for statement bouquets and arrangements. Typically they represent heartfelt and honest emotions, gratitude and thanksgiving, and a deeper understanding between two people. Though they have no real scent and can be expensive, they are beautiful for spring and autumn weddings.
3. Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley is all about pure happiness. This delicate flower has a wonderful scent and works really well for bouquets and in combination with other flowers. It is widely available in spring and summer, though can be expensive. Lily of the Valley is quite a traditional marriage flower and still is a firm favourite today.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet! This is one of my absolute favourites for almost any occasion. Though various varieties and colours have different meanings, generally roses are given to mean love, joy and beauty. What better way to represent that special day? Roses can be lightly scented or be very fragrant, again depending on the variety, and are perfect for bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and arrangements . The are moderate to expensive in price and are typically available year round.
As much as I love roses, I think my absolute top top pick has to be the beautiful orchid. Orchids represent love and beauty and are wonderful for bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. Though they have no scent, the variety and year round availability of orchids make them a wonderful option for many different occasions. Orchids can be expensive but are still my number 1!