Choosing Flowers Based on Symbolism
At one of the most prominent weddings of the 21st century, the flowers for the bridal bouquet were carefully chosen. Kate Middleton selected the ones that were important to her family and to the Royal Family. Myrtle was chosen as an emblem of marriage and love, and specifically, the sprigs of myrtle came from a plant grown from the myrtle used in the bouquet of Queen Elizabeth II. Kate chose ivy, the symbolization of fidelity and affection. The hyacinth was representative of “constancy of love.” Sweet William was for gallantry, and the lily of the valley for the return of happiness.
You don’t have to be royal to make a wedding bouquet that’s representative of your partner and yourself. Flowers aren’t only for weddings, either. You may want to use this list when you need to choose a spray for your grandma’s funeral.
The Meaning of Roses
You probably know that red roses are for love. Practically everyone gives these flowers for Valentine’s Day, but roses come in many different colors. Say what you mean by choosing different colors for the bouquet you bring to your loved one:
- White – innocence and purity
- Yellow – joy and friendship, or a new beginning
- Orange – enthusiasm
- Dark red – unconscious beauty
- Light pink – grace and gentleness
- Coral – friendship and modesty
- Lavender – love at first sight
- Dark pink – gratitude or appreciation
- Pale peach – modesty
- Yellow with a red tip – falling in love
More Flowers With Meanings
Here are some other popular flowers and greenery that you can choose to say something special:
- Bachelor’s button – blessedness
- Bay – glory
- Chrysanthemum – cheerfulness
- Daffodils – regard
- Daisy – innocence
- Ferns – sincerity
- White jasmine – sweet love
- Lavender – devotion
- Mint – virtue
- Red poppy – consolation
- Sage – wisdom and mortality
- Yellow tulips – hope and cheery thoughts, friendship
- White tulips – an apology
- Pink tulips – confidence and happiness
- Purple tulips – the color of royalty, used to express admiration for someone’s accomplishments
- Violets – faithfulness
The white carnation symbolizes pure love. Pink carnations are symbolic of a mother’s undying love. Legend suggests that the pink carnation first appeared from the Virgin Mary’s tears. Purple carnations are for unpredictability. Light red carnations are for admiration; dark red carnations are a sign of deep love and affection.
Another suggestion for symbolic flowers is to host a garden party with your friends and have each one bring a flower or plant that has meaning to the person. Make a pretty flower garden or create a mixed bouquet to remember each other. It would make a nice housewarming gift or a memory for a new bride.
Make a Special Message
Flowers aren’t just for weddings, funerals and special holidays. Take home a bunch of flowers to your loved one anytime to make a special memory. Know the language of flowers to send the right message any time you choose.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a flower bouquet worth? Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “the earth laughs in flowers.” Christian Dior believes, “after women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” Say something special with flowers.