Wedding Flowers & Their Meanings: Wedding Advice

Afternoon my loves… so how you all doing? I hope you’re having a fab week and are keeping on top of all your wed-min! I’m feeling a tad emotional today as it’s really starting to hit home that I’m leaving my day job after 6 years! My last day is next Friday {eek}, so I only have a few days left to soak it all up. I’m going to miss quite a few faces but I’m also super excited about my new wedding ventures, The Wedding Guardian and of course Want That Wedding.

Have you ever wondered what meanings or connotations your favourite blooms have? If so, I have a a fab post here, Wedding Flowers & Their Meanings: Wedding Advice by William Clarke Flowers. They explain the meaning behind some of my favourite flowers.

Wedding Flowers & Their Meanings: Wedding Advice

Sweet Pea

The sweat pea symbolises pleasure and bliss. Strangely bittersweet as a wedding flower, it represents leaving after having had a good time. An incredibly fragrant blossom, the sweet pea has a short shelf life once cut and must be handled very carefully to be used as a wedding flower, but will fill the room with its sweet scent. 

Wedding Flowers & Their MeaningsSweet Pea

Anemone

Originally from the Greek word meaning “daughter of the wind”, Greek mythology says that the anemone grew from Aphrodite’s tears of mourning over the death of Adonis, which is why some sources say that the anemone indicates fading hope and abandonment. Some believe that when the anemone closes its petal, it indicates the coming of rain, while others think that the anemone is a lucky flower that protects against evil.

Anemones Wedding Flowers & Their MeaningsAnemones

Despite the darker side of its mythology, modern sources think that anemones stand for anticipation and excitement.

Freesia

The freesia is an extremely popular fragrant flower, and it’s no wonder then that for many it has become the symbol of sweetness, friendship, innocent, thoughtfulness and trust. The Ballerina freesia is among the most popular of its varieties, with its delicate and elegant characteristics.

Wedding Flowers & Their MeaningsFreesia

The freesia is also the official flower for a seventh wedding anniversary.

Gardenia

The gardenia symbolizes purity and sweetness, indicates secret love, and conveys joy and is thought of as a way to let the receiver know that they are lovely. Many believe that the gardenia also represents hospitality, grace and secret love, and in 19th century England, the gardenia was worn on the lapels of men’s formal suits as a symbol of good luck.

Wedding Flowers And Their MeaningsGardenia

While the gardenia has many wonderful qualities, one little known fact is that, if handled incorrectly, its petals will turn black.

Hydrangea

The hydrangea is a very soulful flower, which symbolizes heartfelt emotions. Some use it to convey gratitude for being understood, or to express friendship and devotion. Some more pessimistic flower experts believe that the hydrangea stands for frigidity and heartlessness, boastfulness or vanity. The hydrangea is the official fourth wedding anniversary flower.

Wedding Flowers & Their MeaningsHydrangea

As well as being a popular and beautiful flower, the hydrangea also carries medicinal purposes. Native Americans used the root as a detoxifier, while, according to alternative medicine, its bark is said to give relief for muscle sprains. This is on top of its supposed magical qualities – according to folklore, the hydrangea is used to break curses.

Lavender

The lavender flower has the most simple meaning, which is widely agreed upon by flower experts. When given as a present, lavender flowers convey purity, silence and luck, as well as devotion. Lavender is often used in wedding arrangements for its sweet aroma, which quickly fills any reception hall. It also lasts incredibly well and has enjoyed a recent comeback due to vintage and country-style wedding trends.

Wedding Flowers And Their MeaningsLavender

Peonies

The history of the peony is long and complicated. With the flower having been in recorded existence for thousands of years, the mythology and stories surrounding its origin is widely debated. Greek mythology in itself has several versions of events – one that the peony is named for Paeon, a physician to the gods, who was given the flower on by Apollo’s mother on Mount Olympus. Another says that the same physician was “saved” from death by being turned into a peony flower.

Wedding Flowers & Their MeaningsPeony

The peony has many meanings in different cultures and is both the floral symbol of China and the state flower of Indiana. Officially the flower of the twelfth wedding anniversary celebration, according to various sources, peonies represent bashfulness, compassion, riches, indignation, shame, romance, prosperity and honour. It’s no wonder that the peony is such a popular wedding flower. In its pink form, its softness makes it an incredibly sought after and expensive bloom, but it also symbolises a happy life and marriage, as well as good health.

Ranunculus

Ranunculus represents radiant charm and attractiveness. ranunculus boasts brains as well as beauty, with its wide medicinal properties. According to various mythologies, a coyote was throwing his eyes in the air and catching them again, when they were stolen by an eagle. Ranunculus is said to have been created as a pair of new eyes for the coyote.

Wedding Flowers & Their MeaningsRanunculus

Presenting somebody with a bouquet of ranunculus says , “I am dazzled by your charms.”

Stock

Stock is another symbol of happy life and contented existence, as well as lasting beauty, which makes it extremely appropriate for a wedding. It is also symbolic of promptness, so you organised brides out there should take note!

Wedding Flowers & Their MeaningsStock

Such a fantastic post! Not only will you have beautiful wedding flowers on your day, you’ll also have that extra special dimension of knowing what each pretty blossom means too. So have any of these meanings influenced your decision on what wedding flowers you’ll choose?

 

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    Wonderful information about flowers and nice pics to see.

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