Most couples who are planning their special day want to make their wedding personal and add a unique and special touch. Themed weddings are a good way to achieve this, along with a wedding bouquet that has special relevance.
Flowers with meaning
Although the language of flowers has been used for thousands of years, with various blooms being used to communicate, it was during the late 19th Century when using flowers to send messages to each other became popular.
Floriography, as the language of the bloom is known, was used to send communications and express feelings to others, without having to speak those thoughts aloud, as this was frowned upon during the Victorian era. Today, the meaning of flowers is still used when forming a wedding bouquet, although it is more likely to be treated in a light-hearted manner, with the colours of blooms just as important as the meaning.
Most popular flowers for a bouquet
There are some types of flower that are used more frequently than others in a wedding bouquet. Choices may depend on the time of year and availability of blooms. If you are creating a themed wedding that relies on specific colours, this will also influence the choice of flower.
Roses are one of the most popular choices for the bridal bouquet, symbolising love. Different coloured roses have various meanings, although they all have a connection with love and happiness. In addition, roses team well with many other flowers and can be used for centrepieces.
Orchids are another popular choice, meaning love and rare beauty. These flowers can be used to form a bouquet or for a striking effect as a single stem.
Carnations are a beautiful flower and are also affordable, so they are suitable for those who have a limited budget but still want a meaningful bouquet. Carnations symbolise fascination, but again the various colours have slightly different meanings. White carnations signify good luck and ardent love, while pink carnations tell the bride that she will never be forgotten by the groom.
Baby’s Breath or gypsophila was once used as a filler flower for a bouquet, but has become popular as a main flower in modern times. Signifying purity of the heart and innocence, this is the perfect bloom for a wedding bouquet with meaning. The flower is also affordable, very attractive and chic.
The Royal bouquet
Even members of the Royal family take care when selecting flowers for their wedding bouquets, and Kate Middleton picked the elements of hers carefully to have significance and meaning. The Royal wedding bouquet was made up of ivy, hyacinths, myrtle, Sweet William and lily of the valley. Myrtle symbolises love and marriage, while ivy is the symbol of fidelity, friendship and marriage. Sweet William is used to indicate gallantry, while lily of the valley is said to reflect the return of love.
Following the Royal wedding, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, laid her wedding flowers on the grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey – a tradition first started by the Queen Mother.
The wedding bouquet of your choice will be captured forever in your wedding album, displaying the colours and type of flower to perfection.