French poet Gérard de Nerval once said “every flower is a soul blossoming in nature,” which is why it is believed that flowers are a central symbol in all weddings. The blooms you choose for your bouquet, boutonnières, centrepieces and decorations are not only personal to your tastes as a bride but of the soul of your relationship. For example, some brides prefer the traditional charm of a rose bouquet, while other brides prefer the tropical sentiment of an orchid, yet both of these flowers are widely known symbols of love and beauty. While we are all familiar with flowers traditionally used in weddings, not many brides are aware of the deep historical meanings these blooms have. Through understanding the symbolism of certain flowers, you can fall in love with an unexpected beauty that you had previously overlooked as a choice for your wedding. Here are a few meanings of different, but no-less beautiful, blooms for your wedding:
As previously mentioned, sometimes you fall in love with a flower because of its meaning. Lilacs always seem so modest to me. Especially compared to the large bloom of a lily or the rainbows of a tulip, but after discovering the meaning, they seem endlessly more beautiful and they are also the perfect wedding flower for certain couples. As lilacs are typically the first flowers to bloom in the spring, they traditionally symbolise first love, and are the ideal sentiment for high school sweethearts and first loves.
Tulips are a very traditional wedding flower, due to the variety of colours they grow in and their stunning and romantic half bud bloom. As they symbolise enduring passionate love, it is understandable as to why they are a favourite for many couples. One of the emerging trends for 2016 is colour-blast decorations, inspired by traditional Mexican weddings. You can utilise these perfectly versatile blooms in your bouquet or as a rainbow centrepiece. Bright tulips can also warm up a venue in the autumn/winter, or radiate in the sun for summer weddings.
Named appropriately, baby breath is a delicate flower which symbolises innocence and purity from outside influences. It is regularly used in sprigs to adorn other flowers in wedding bouquets, but has recently become a trend with those who wish to have a rustic wedding by using baby breath in effortlessly gorgeous shabby-chic wild flower bouquets.
Flowers can set the tone and ambience of a wedding, and are the perfect decoration piece for all types of ceremonies. The meanings behind a flower can add yet another personal touch to your special day and another way of expressing your love for each other.