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Flower Power:

A list of popular wedding flowers and their symbolic references

Though the tradition of using flowers in a wedding ceremony predates the Victorian era, it was in this era specifically that bridal bouquets began to emerge in the ceremony.  Apparently, the bridal bouquet was a tradition that followed its predecessor; the tradition of giving loved one's "secret messages" via flowers.  As each type of flower would come to take on its own specific meaning in this era, so too would the bridal bouquet become symbolic of a specific message intrinsic to the wedding couple.  Below is a list of the top twenty flower-types generally chosen for wedding ceremonies, though not in any specific order, along with their significant meanings.

Flowers:

1)      Gardenias = Joy

2)      Bluebells = Constancy

3)      Lilies = Innocence

4)      Lilies of the Valley = Happiness

5)      Orange Blossoms = Fertility (Purity and Virginity)

6)      Sweet Pea = Delicate Pleasures

7)      Apple Blossoms = Good Fortune

8)      Magnolias = Perseverance

9)      Daffodils = Regard

10)  Carnation = Distinctions (fascination and Love)

11)  Forget-me-nots = True Love

12)  Iris = Warmth of Affection

13)  Snowdrop = Hope

14)  Orchids = Beauty

15)  Tulips = Passion (Love)

16)  Jasmine = Amiability

17)  Stephanotis = Marital Harmony

18)  Blue Violets = Faithfulness

19)  White Daisies = Innocence

20)  *Roses: red = love, white = worthiness, other = love and beauty

Greenery:

1)      Fern = Sincerity (Fascination)

2)      Ivy = Eternal Fidelity

3)      Cactus = Endurance

4)      Fir = Time

5)      Four-Leaf Clover = Be mine (Good Fortune)

 



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