Bridal bouquets are extremely symbolic and floral decorations an important feature of any wedding. With so many types, colors and combinations to choose from, the decision is not always an easy one. Spoilt for choice? Why not tap into the deeper meaning behind your wedding flowers.
Sometimes the perfect wedding flowers are the ones that reflect an important moment in your relationship. Add a touch of nostalgic symbolism to your wedding bouquet with the same type of flowers as your spouse-to-be gave you on your first date or on your engagement, Childhood sweethearts? Then why not chose flowers that you wore on prom corsage as a representation of your journey together. Flowers acquire personal meaning as events unfold so if in doubt about the type of flowers you want in your wedding you can always look for inspiration from the past.
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Back in the Victorian era when women wore corsets people assigned meaning to flowers. Something as simple as giving a flower took on deeper significance because flowers conveyed different connotations. Even though this was quite some time ago, there can still be significance in adapting their beliefs on the meaning of flowers.
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While not everyone will be able to understand all the nuances that the flowers convey, that is no reason for the interested bride to steer clear of tradition.
Individual Flower Meanings
Emotions are complicated and the feelings that craft a relationship are equally complicated. The formalized meanings that flowers convey cover a broad spectrum of possibilities.
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To name but just a few of the many flowers out there, the delicate red amaryllis plant, with its “worth beyond beauty” symbolism could, for example, be a welcome addition to any mixed flower bouquet. Believed to represent love and loyal love, carnations and chrysanthemums are also great flowers with which to celebrate your upcoming vows. The iris another popular choice, yellow conveys the passion of a relationship, while blue proffers hope for the future.
Out of all flowers, one of the most popular is of course the ultra feminine red rose, well known for its strong connection with true love. As symbolic as the red rose has come to be however, don’t forget that there are an array of other colors also on offer. Orange roses are associated with passion and desire, and pink roses convey friendship. Why not mix it up and enjoy a bouquet that is bursting with deeper meanings.
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There are no rules despite traditional negative connotations with flowers such as yellow carnations that are believed to represent a feeling of disdain. If you happen to like them or they hold special meaning for you and your groom, project your own symbolism onto them and give them a new lease of life.
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Mary Potter takes great pride in her flower garden, and is quick to share tips and tricks with anyone who’ll listen. She loves creating centerpieces for special occasions and she currently writes about wedding bouquets for http://www.theflowerexchange.