Wedding Flowers Symbolism

Bride holding a pastel wedding bouquet

You’ve picked the venue and the dress and now you’ve got wedding flowers on the brain. So what type of flowers are you going with? You may feel a bit lost, especially if you’re a total flower novice. While your local florist can certainly help you make these decisions, it always helps to know what direction you want to go in before you go to the nearest hot house. When it comes to wedding flowers, often there are many different beautiful choices even if you are somewhat limited by what flowers are in season.

You’ll also want to think about how your flowers are presented. Are you going to have lots of different types of flowers or a few main types featured prominently? Either way, it’s good to know what your choices mean. Each flower has a traditional meaning, and knowing what your flowers represent can aid you on your quest to make final wedding flower decisions.

Colorful tuplips in a blue wooden planter


Flowers can be limited depending on which season you’re in. For instance, if you’re looking for hydrangeas, they’re usually found in the summer. Hydrangeas are known as the flower for deep and true feelings so they work perfectly for a wedding. Then there’s other popular summer flowers like peonies, which are said to represent honor and romantic love. Dahlias are a sensitive flower, but symbolize a love that lasts forever.

If your wedding is in the fall you might want to consider sunflowers which, aptly named, represent the sun. Sunflowers actually got their name from mythology where they were said to follow the sun wherever it went. This flower is perfect for weddings because it means devotion and admiration as well as happiness and joy.

Winter weddings are traditionally embellished with roses because roses are available all year round. Roses are maybe the most popular wedding flower and it’s not hard to see why. Not only are they beautiful, they are known globally to represent passion and love.

Spring has a lot of options like lilies and tulips. Lilies are huge in the wedding and funeral world, but don’t let that put you off from them. White lilies are not only a symbol of sympathy, but also innocence and purity. Tulips are perhaps the perfect spring wedding flower with a simple yet stunning look and a meaning that speaks of new beginnings.

Each season can seem limited, but actually offers its own special specimens. There are some flowers like the fragrant lilac with its light and lovely purple tone that only grow for a very short period in the summer depending on location. Winter offers festive fillers like holly which you can use to spruce up any table or hallway.

White Babies Breath flowers on a wooden table

Fill Flowers

You’ve learned about some of feature flowers’ meanings, but what of accent flowers? Some of the most popular wedding bouquet filler flowers may have meanings you weren’t aware of. Although most flowers can appear at a wedding without faux pas, you’ll want to know exactly what these secondary flowers are saying. For instance, daisies are often used as a filler flower for arrangements, but they are actually known as flowers of innocence. Of course there’s nothing wrong with this, but they aren’t exactly representing eternal love like our fan favorite, the rose. Baby’s breath is a different story. Known as the traditional wedding flower, this filler is the best known symbol for love eternal.

Colorful Meanings

A flower’s color can bring complications into our traditionally known meanings. You may think of roses and think romance, but what about yellow or white roses? Do they make you think of sympathy instead? You’ll want to consider that although a flower may represent one thing, its different varieties may mean something else. A lily in white means purity, but the stargazer variety means something different. Its beautiful pink calls forward the idea of a blushing and happy bride. An orange lily may call forth an image of laughter and joy. Yellow also brings up thoughts of joy and happiness, while purple speaks of royalty and elegance. Red, associated with the rose, is typically symbolic of deep love and passion.

In the end, your wedding is what you make it and that includes your flowers. Mostly, flowers are there to just look pretty, but if you’re a Type A bride, it might comfort you to know that your floral choices are appropriate. Take a look at your venue and colors and try to choose some corresponding beauties with nice meanings. If you’re feeling confined by the flowers available in your weddings’ season, remember that each season offers flowers that go with every wedding theme if you look outside the box. You may be longing for hydrangeas or peonies at your fall wedding, but if you allow a sunny sunflower to shower you with happiness, your big day will be all smiles.

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