Wedding Day Flowers

Wedding FlowersChoosing your wedding flowers can be difficult, but learning what each bloom really means can make your decision a little easier. (NB: magnolia means "love of nature" and stephanotis signifies "marital happiness"?) During the Victorian era, The Language of Flowers created an ultra-romantic language for lovers' correspondence in which flowers replaced words.

If you want to suffuse your wedding flowers with symbolism, check out our guide to the most popular wedding flowers and decide which messages move you most—your florist can also be a great resource too. 


Anemone
White anemone bridal bouquet
Moderately priced anemone flowers represent "expectation," which seems fitting for an event that symbolizes a future together. Other interpretations include good luck and protection against evil. They're unscented, primarily in season during the spring (but also late fall) and perfect for bouquets and arrangements.

Baby's Breath
Baby's breath boutonniere
Baby's breath (like the white items you'll likely be wearing on your wedding day) symbolize innocence—and they're majorly back in style as of late.

Calla Lily
Dark plum coloured calla lily bridesmaid bouquet
Lightly fragrant calla lilies represent "magnificent beauty," and are perfect and in season for spring and summer weddings.

Carnation
Orange, pink, and red carnation pomander wedding décor
Colourful carnations are extremely underrated and misunderstood, each colour symbolizes something different. Pink represents boldness, red symbolizes love, and white indicates talent. 

Chrysanthemum
Autumn coloured chrysanthemum ceremony aisle décor
Wealth, abundance and truth are just a few of the words associated with the cost-efficient chrysanthemum.

Cornflowers
Cornflowers indicate prosperity and friendship—two things everyone hopes to follow after their wedding day. They're most associated with a gorgeous blue hue, but they're available in white and pink as well.

Daffodil
Daffodil thank you favours
The bright, springy daffodil represents happiness and kind regards. 

Dahlias
The dahlia is a symbol of a commitment and bond that lasts forever, making them pretty perfect for weddings. The bold, bushy flower is elegant for summer or early fall weddings.

Daisy
White and yellow daisy aisle décor
Casual daisies mean to "share one's feelings," so go ahead and arrange them around the altar for when you read your vows.

Delphinium
Tall delphinium reception table centrepieces
Lightly fragrant delphiniums represent swiftness and lightness, and are beloved (and in season) for summer weddings.

Freesia
Freesia bridal bouquet
Freesias have a fresh, fruity scent and, like baby's breath, represent "innocence." NB: While they're perfect for bouquets, the fragrance might interfere with your dinner menu, so avoid using them as centrepieces.

Gardenia
Gardenia bridal bouquet
Gorgeous gardenias represent purity and joy—two things strongly associated with weddings. 

Hydrangea
Eucalyptus and red hydrangea aisle décor
Moderately priced, colourful hydrangeas represent both understanding and "heartfelt emotions."

Iris
Tall iris reception table centrepiece
Unusual irises—which typically come in blue, purple or white—symbolize faith and wisdom, and have been strongly admired throughout history.

Lilac
Purple lilac and tulip bridal bouquet
The meaning behind lilacs? "Love's first emotions." Pretty romantic, right? Local lilacs are available in the spring, and imported French lilacs are available year-round.

Lily
Lily centrepiece in wooden box
Fit for royalty, the lily represents majesty, truth and honour. The fragrant flower is perfect (and in season) for summer weddings.

Lily of the Valley
Simple lily of the valley bridal bouquet
Lily of the valley have a fresh, happy scent—which is fitting, considering they literally symbolize happiness. They're also considered to be traditional marriage flowers.

Magnolia
White magnolia bridal bouquet
Most magnolia trees grow in the South, but you can get these luxurious flowers that mean "love of nature" mostly anywhere during the spring and summer seasons.

Orchid
Tall purple orchid reception centrepiece
Orchids are a symbol of beauty (and love, refinement, fertility and so on) and come in a variety of colours and sizes—so no matter what your definition of "beauty" is, you're likely to find a bouquet- or corsage-worthy orchid for you.

Peony
Classic white wedding cake with bright pink peonies
Peonies stand for love, happiness and ambition, which is a sweet sentiment for your romantic day. They're in season during late spring.

Ranunculus
Ranunculus Bouquet
A lush, cascading ranunculus bouquet will say, in the language of flowers, "I am dazzled by your charms." Perfect for walking down the aisle to your partner. Also, they're available in nearly every colour of the rainbow.

Rose
White rose bridesmaids bouquets
It's no wonder roses are the most beloved wedding flowers—they're a symbol of romance, love and beauty, are surprisingly affordable and are available year-round.

Stephanotis
White stephanotis boutonniere
The name stephanotis literally means "marital happiness," making this star-shaped, fragrant flower an obvious choice for weddings.

Stock
White stock flower ceremony decorations
Long stock flowers have tall stems and represent lasting beauty. They're fragrant, inexpensive and come in a variety of colours, so they're guaranteed to complement any arrangement or palette.

Sunflower
Sunflower decorated wedding ceremony arbor
Sunflowers mean adoration and loyalty, but here's why: The head of the sunflower is known to follow the sun as it moves across the sky. Both the colours and the symbolism make them perfect additions to a rustic summer wedding.

Sweet Pea
White sweet pea reception table décor
An old-fashioned favourite, sweet peas represent "pleasure" and are fairly fragrant. Use them for a late spring or early summer garden wedding.

Tulip
White tulip bridal bouquet
The ever-popular, stately tulip indicates love and passion—pretty perfect for the most romantic day of your life. They can be found in a myriad of colours, but typically in pastel hues.

Zinnias
Affordable zinnias symbolize lasting affection, daily remembrance and also "thoughts of friends." If you still need bouquets for your beloved bridesmaids, this might be your flower.

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