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What do your wedding flowers mean?

Making things meaningful is important, whether it be the jewellery you choose (read here for the meanings behind some of our favourite symbols) or the colours you chose for your big day. As we enter into Spring flowers are in bloom, so it’s the perfect timing to look at the bridal bouquet and what each flower represents. So what do you want your wedding flowers to say about you?

Picking flowers for you big day is a huge part of the atmosphere and aesthetic of your wedding day. The colours can compliment the mood and the flowers themselves provide a beautiful fragrance in the air. Did you know that every flower has its own meaning? Below are the top 10 flowers for bouquets and what they mean.

1. Roses

Roses are commonly associated with love and romance. Roses connote beauty and perfection.

2. Lily of the Valley

Also known as the May lily, they represent a “return to happiness” and most often symbolise chastity, purity, happiness, luck and humility.

3. Ranunculus

The mention of the ranunculus flower typically conjures images of showy flowers with ruffles of paper thin petals in bold colours that range from white and pastel pink to fiery reds and sunny yellows and golds. This flower symbolises charm and attractive.

4. Hydrangeas

According to a Japanese legend, the hydrangea became associated with heartfelt emotion, and gratitude for understanding. Pink hydrangeas are especially associated with genuine emotion because their shape resembles a beating heart.

5. Stephanotis

Stephanotis is the symbol of marital happiness, hence the nickname ‘wedding flower’. In modern flower symbolism Stephanotis represents ‘good fortune’ and ‘the longing to travel’. Stephanotis is one of the most luxuriantly fragrant flowers in the world, hence its nickname of ‘Fleur Parfum’.

6. Sweet Peas

The flower was cultivated because of its sweet smell and was also an important part of their floral arrangements. It became famous during the Victorian era because of the delicate perfume scent and the lovely colours of the flower.  No grand wedding or dinner party would be complete at that time without the sweetpea.


Tulips for a perfect love. Purple tulips traditionally symbolise royalty.

8. Calla Lilies

The most common meaning for calla lilies is purity, holiness, and faithfulness. It’s commonly depicted in images of the Virgin Mary. Calla lilies are also symbols for rebirth and resurrection, tied to the resurrection of Jesus in part because they bloom around Easter and in part because they are shaped like trumpets which symbolize triumph.

9. Gardenia

The white colour of its petals symbolizes the purity of a loved one, or the purity of a relationship. Gardenias in this colour convey peace and harmony, which is why they’re often used in interior decoration and even for gifts.

10. Peony

Common peony meanings include romance, prosperity, good fortune, a happy marriage, riches, honour, and compassion — but peonies can also mean bashfulness.

Whatever flower you choose to have on your wedding day, it will no doubt be full of meaning and make your day that little bit more special.