The Symbolism Behind Wedding Flowers

A Variety of Meanings Define Different Flowers
Often wedding flowers are associated with things like purity, or perhaps fidelity. While such flora does have this kind of representation, there is a lot more to what they mean in a given ceremony.

Here we’ll briefly cover a few different sorts of flowers and the things they symbolize to help you do the best possible job in decorating a wedding ceremony.

Anemones Represent Anticipation
So the sea anemone isn’t a flower, but it derives its name from one. These are delicate flowers that derive their name from a Greek term that essentially translates to “windflower”. What an excellent description for the oceangoing version! Its fronds flow in ocean currents much like the leaves of land-based Anemones do in a breeze.

Anemones are generally white, beautiful, and mesmerizing in the wind. They symbolize anticipation, and there’s much anticipation before and during a wedding ceremony.

Baby’s Breath is Festive
A lot of decorators use Baby’s Breath as an enhancer. It’s seen more as a “spice” than an “entree”. However, there’s a lot that can be done with Baby’s Breath, and it need not necessarily play the part of the floral garnish. It can be its own centerpiece, and is excellent to adorn flower girls with. At any rate, Baby’s Breath is festive, and perfect for weddings.

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The Grateful Carnation
Carnations are often used for the decoration of clothing. A man might pin a carnation to his lapel. Many of them together have a rather buoyant, fertile feel. Essentially, these flowers indicate gratitude. The whiter the better.

White carnations are grateful, pure love. Striped carnations are grateful refusal. “Thanks, but no thanks,” essentially. You want the “love” carnation, not the striped refusal configuration.

Multiple Meanings of Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms are quite delicate, and as a result many associate them with the general fragility of life. However, there’s more symbolism behind them than just that. Cherry blossoms are also archetypical of virginity.

These flowers are only around for a few short weeks, so if you’re going to go with Cherry Blossoms, be sure to plan how you’ll get them, and where, so that they’re in proper bloom during the ceremony.

Happy Chrysanthemums
There are many colors that define Chrysanthemums. Basically, take the pompom of a cheerleader. Now take a common daisy. Mix the two together, and apply a variety of different sizes, colors, and shapes. Now you’ve got the happy Chrysanthemum. These flowers symbolize joy, and it’s easy to see why: they just kind of…look happy!

The Gerbera Daisy
Gerbera Daisies are very pretty, and their petals overlap in a way that’s positively pleasant. Like Chrysanthemums, they come in a variety of colors. The name “Gerbera” means “cheerfulness”, and these are certainly rather happy flowers. Weddings are some of the most joyous celebrations there are, so these flowers are a perfect match.

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Telling a Story With Your Wedding Decorations
The truth is, any decent flowers will do if they’re the type you and your future spouse like. However, there’s deep symbology behind many options, and that means you want to be careful you don’t incidentally communicate the wrong message. Also, there’s a level of budget you need to think about.

One option if you’re seeking to source wedding flowers is going the online route. Another option might be shopping deals around town. With weddings, though, you’re likely planning the ceremony and its décor far in advance. Accordingly, you’ve got time to shop the deals.

There will be options online and locally, though ordering online in advance will likely be your best bet for preserving budgets.

Regardless of which way you go, Gerbera Daisies and Chrysanthemums symbolize joy, Cherry Blossoms have multiple meanings; chief among them the delicateness of life, Carnations are grateful, Baby’s Breath is festive, and Anemones represent anticipation. These are the tip of the iceberg on flowers and what they mean, so take your time to do a little research.

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