Flowers at Your Wedding

The Bridal Bouquet

The bridal bouquet is one of the most important elements of the bride's attire and deserves special attention. Start by selecting the colour and shape of the bouquet. The bridal bouquet should be carried low enough so that all the intricate details of your gown are visible. Using scented flowers in your bouquet will evoke memories of your wedding day whenever you smell them in the future. Carry a smaller bouquet if you're petite or if your gown is fairly ornate. A long, cascading bouquet complements a fairly simple gown or a tall or larger bride. Arm bouquets look best when resting naturally in the crook of your arm.

How to Trim your Wedding Flower Budget

For those couples looking to save a bit on their wedding budgets there are a few ways to cut down the amount you spend on flowers…

  • Use wedding flowers that are in season and readily available
  • Using garlands of ivy with other flowers for decorating is eye catching and inexpensive
  • Use flowers from your own or family and friend’s gardens
  • One can use potted plants for decorations, which one can begin to grown months before
  • Carrying one larger, more dramatic flower suits some wedding dresses, brides and bridesmaids more than carrying a bouquet
  • If there is another wedding taking place in your church or synagogue on the day of or the day before, consider splitting the cost of wedding ceremony flowers with the other bride
  • Most brides nowadays arrange to have the flowers from the church or synagogue moved to the reception to be used again.

Floral Checklist

Each wedding is unique and varies by individual preference and faith. Below is a checklist to bear in mind when budgeting, planning and ordering your wedding flowers. This is merely a guideline as the following is based on the traditional wedding.

Bridal Party and Family
Bride- bouquet and flowers for hair
Bridesmaids/ matron of honour- bouquet and/or flowers for hair
Flower girl- bouquet, basket with petals, and flowers for hair
Bride's mother, groom's mother, grandmothers and stepmothers- corsage
Groom, best man, groomsmen, ushers, ring bearer, fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers- boutonniere

Ceremony Decorations
Main altar, side arrangements, candelabra, candle flowers, kneeling bench, arch, huppah, canopy, tent decorations, pew decorations, chairs aisle candelabras, guestbook table, aisle runner, door wreath and floral garland.

Reception Decorations
Bridal table/head table arrangements, guest table centrepieces, table and chair accent flowers, garlands, cake flowers, cake table arrangement, buffet table arrangements, bar and beverage table arrangements and gift table arrangement.

Flowers and Their Meaning

Most flowers traditionally have been assigned some sort of meaning. When choosing which flower to use on your wedding day, it may be a nice touch to choose flowers that have the same meaning as you would like at your wedding, in your marriage and your life. Learn to speak the language of flowers!

Flower Name  Meaning Flower Name  Meaning
Acacia Friendship Acorn Life, immortality
Alliums Unity Alyssum Incomparable worth
Amaryllis Pride, Beauty Ambrosia Reciprocated love
Anemone       Forsaken Angelica Inspiration
Apple Blossom Preference Arbutus Thee only do I love
Arum Lily    Ardour Azalea First love
Bachelor's Button Celibacy, hope Begonia Beware
Bluebell Humility Bridal Rose Happy love
Buttercup Riches, childishness Camellia (red) You are a flame in my heart
Carnation (pink) I'll never forget you Carnation (red) My heart aches for you
Carnation (white) Innocence Carnation (yellow) Rejection
China Rose Ever new beauty Chrysanthemum (red) I love you
Chrysanthemum (white) Truth Chrysanthemum (yellow) Sighted love
Clematis Mental beauty Clover Good luck
Coral Bells Challenge Coreopsis Always cheerful
Cosmos Modesty Crocus Youthful gladness
Cyclamen Good-bye Daffodil  Unrequited love
Dahlia Dignity, elegance Daisy Innocent
Dandelion Faithfulness, happiness Fern Magic, fascination
Fern (Maiden hair) Secret bond of love Foxglove Insincerity
Gardenia Secret love Geranium I prefer you, folly
Geranium (Ivy) Bridal favour Gladiolus Sincerity
Heather (Lavender) Admiration Heather (White) Protection, wishes come true
Hibiscus Delicate beauty Holly Domestic happiness, festivity
Hollyhock Ambition Honeysuckle Country beauty
Hyacinth (Blue) Constancy Hyacinth (Purple) Please forgive me
Hyacinth (Red/Pink) Playful Hyacinth (White) Loveliness
Iris A message for thee Ivy Wedded love
Jasmine Social Jonquil (daffodil) Desire
Lady's Slipper Flighty Larkspur (Pink) Fickleness
Lavender Devotion, cautious Lilac (Purple) First love
Lilac (White) Youth Lily (Day) Coquetry
Lily (Tiger) Wealth, pride Lily (White) Purity, virginity
Lily of the Valley Increased happiness, sweetness Lotus Flower Rejected love
Magnolia Love of nature, nobility Marigold Cruelty, jealousy
Marjoram Blushes, mirth Mint Virtue
Mistletoe Affection Morning Glory  Affection
Moss Charity, maternal love Myrtle Love, home
Narcissus Egotism Oleander Caution
Orange Blossom Purity, eternal love, marriage OrangeFlower Chastity
Orchid Love, beauty Pansy Thoughts, consideration
Peach Blossoms I am your captive Peony Happy life
Petunia Resentment, anger Phlox Our souls are united
Pine Hope, pray Polyanthus Price of riches
Poppy (Red) Pleasure Poppy (White) Consolation, eternal sleep
Poppy (Yellow) Wealth, success Primrose I can't live without you
Primrose (Evening) Inconsistency Purple Clover Husbandry, thrift
Queen Anne's Lace Haven Quince Temptation
Ranunculus      Radiant with charm Rhododendron  Danger
Rose (Bridal) Happy love Rose (Dark crimson) Mourning
Rose (Dark pink) Thank you Rose (Peach)  Enthusiasm, desire
Rose (Pink) Perfect, you're lovely Rose (Red)  I love you
Rose (White)       Innocence, secrecy Rose (Wild) Simplicity
Rose (Yellow)    Joy, friendship, jealousy Rosebuds (Red) Purity
Rosebuds (White) Youth Rosemary Sweet remembrance
Sage Domestic Virtue Smilax Loveliness
Snapdragon Deception, gracious lady Spider Flower  Elope with me
Spirea Victory, conceit Star of Bethlehem   Purity
Statice Sympathy, remembrance Stephanotis Happiness in marriage
Stock Lasting love Sunflower Adoration
Sweet Peas Good-bye, blissful pleasure Sweet William Gallantry, bravery
Tansy (Wild) Declaration Thyme Activity
Tiger Flower Befriend me Tuberosa  Illicit pleasures
Tulip (Red) Believe in me Tulip (Variegated) Beautiful eyes
Tulip (Yellow) Hopeless love Veronica Fidelity
Violet (Blue) Watchfulness, I'll always be true Violet (Purple) Faithfulness
Violet (White)  Let's take a chance Viscaria Will you dance with me?
Water Lily Purity of heart Wheat Friendliness, fertility
White rose bud    Awakening love Zinnia (Magenta) Lasting affection
Zinnia (Mixed)   Thinking of an absent friend Zinnia (Scarlet) Constancy
Zinnia (White)  Goodness Zinnia (Yellow) Daily remembrance

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