Popular wedding Flower and their Meanings

The flower as a “messenger of the heart” became hugely popular in the nineteenth century, when people dreamt of the age of courtly love and faithfulness that made use of the sentimental “Language of Flowers”. This nostalgic tradition has been revived today, with Catherine and William choosing to bring personal touches, to their own Royal Wedding, by using the meaning of flowers as part of their story.

Victorian Language of Flowers

The Victorian Language of Flowers was born from a strong need to communicate powerful emotions such as; love, hate and rejection.. Expressing these emotions verbally was widely frowned upon and not readily permitted, in a society governed by strict social rules. In such a prim and proper society, suppressed human emotions became extremely motivating.  Young couples hoping to court, looked cleverly for ways to overcome such stifling restrictions.Secret messages using the Meaning of Flowers
Cunningly, a system was devised in which secret messages could be passed from one person to another, using the meaning of flowers.  Messages of love, rejection and hate would pass through the social ranks daily and create great joy or heartbreak for the recipient, based on what blooms were included in their nosegay gifted by a beau, whether the flower was included in bud form or open, and even what colour the bouquet came in.
Duchess of Cambridge – Kate Middletons-Wedding Bouquet- and its meaning of flowers

The Victorian Language of Flowers became so widely used, that books explaining language etiquette date back from as early as 1818.

Today, many brides – including Royal Brides – do consider the meaning of flowers as a romantic nod towards tradition, but upon researching this fun topic, you will come across many meanings attributed to each flower and colour, so consider it fun and whimsical and perhaps not take it too seriously.

Flower and Meaning

Alstromeria

Wealth, prosperity, fortune
Amaryllis

Pride
Anemone

Forsaken
Anthurium

Lover
Baby’s Breath / Gypsophila

Innocence, Pure of Heart
Bells Of Ireland

Good Luck
Bouvardia

Enthusiasm
Calla Lily

Magnificent Beauty
Camellia

Gratitude
Carnations General

Fascination
Carnations Pink

Woman’s Love / I’ll never forget you
Carnations Red

Admiration, Fascination
Carnations White

Ardent love, good luck
Chrysanthemums

Cheerfulness
Daffodil

Regard
Fern

Sincerity
Freesia

Thoughtfulness
Gardenia

You’re Lovely
Gladioli

Strength of Character
Honeysuckle

Bonds of love
Hyacinth

Constancy of love
Hydrangea

Thank you for understanding
Iris

Wisdom
Ivy

Fidelity, marriage, friendship and affection
Jasmine white

Amiability
Jonquil (Daffodil)

Sympathy
Larkspur

Fickleness
Lavender

Devotion
Lilac

Youthful / Humility
Lily

Majesty
Lily white

Purity and modesty
Lily Yellow

I’m walking on air
Lily of the Valley

Return of happiness
Magnolia

Dignity / love of nature
Narcissus

Egotism
Orange Blossom

Purity
Orchid

Rare Beauty / love
Paeony Rose, (Peonie rose)

Bashfulness
Poppy

Eternal sleep
Queen Anne’s Lace

Haven
Ranunculus

You are radiant with charm
Rose

Love
Rose, red

Love, passion, respect, courage
Rose, white

Innocence, purity, secrecy
Rose, yellow

Joy, friendship
Rose, light pink

Grace, gladness, joy
Rose, dark pink

Thankfulness
Rose, red and white combined

Unity
Rose, orange

Fascination
Rose Peach

Desire
Rosebud

Pure and lovely
Rosemary

Remembrance
Statice

Sympathy, remembrance
Stephanotis

Happiness in Marriage
Stock

Lasting beauty
Sunflower

Adoration
Sweet Pea

Lasting pleasure
Sweet William

Gallantry
Tuberose

Dangerous pleasure
Tulip general

Perfect lover
Tulip red

Believe me
Tulip Variegated

Beautiful eyes
Tulip Yellow

Hopeless love
Violet

Modesty
Water Lily

Purity of heart
Wheat

Earnestness
Zinnia

Thoughts of Absent friends

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