Bridal bouquet – symbolic meaning of flowers
The bridal bouquet is one of the most important styling details every bride pay a lot of attention to. Today, flower bouquet is an inevitable part of every bride’s appearance, the detail of significant importance, but with decorative purpose.
Once upon a time, brides carried flowers because their magical effects – to protect them from illnesses and misfortune. It was believed that the intensive fragrances of various plants will chase evil spirits. During Romanesque period, bride and groom had been wearing flower garland around their necks that symbolized new life, hope and faith. This tradition continues today on some tropic islands.
Wedding bouquet is considered to bring happiness and satisfaction in marriage, while the ribbon with which the bouquet is tied with symbolizes fellowship. Tradition of wearing decorations (usually made of same flowers) on groom’s lapel first appeared in the Middle Ages. Then, knights were wearing colors of their ladies in their armor during tournaments. During wedding ceremony in Victorian age, bride and groom were exchanging flowers that had specific meaning to them.
Today, that’s not the case. Brides carry the bouquet as an accessory, but many of them pay attention to flower kind and choose the ones whose symbolic meaning will correspond to their character.
In case you want to choose flowers for your bridal bouquet according to their symbolic meaning, here’s a little guide of flower symbolic for the most popular wedding flowers:
- Beige rose – Modesty
- White rose – Innocence
- Burgundy rose – Lust
- Red rose – Love, happiness
- Orange rose – Fascination
- Pink rose – Loveliness
- Yellow rose – Friendship
- Hydrangea – Pride
- Carnation – Boldness
- Orchid – Beauty
- Tulip – Love
- Lily – Magnificence
- Lily of the Valley – Purity and humility
- Peony – Good fortune
- Calla lily – Purity and faith
- Ranunculus – Charm
- Gardenias – Joy