Wedding Flowers’ Symbolic Meanings

Here, some of the meanings ascribed in North America to popular blooms.

Blended flower bouquet Lucas Allen

There is a language of flowers―whether you or anyone at your wedding is fluent in this language is another question. One idea: Give each bridesmaid a bouquet featuring a signature flower whose meaning suits her personality. Attach a note to the bouquet explaining why you picked that bloom for her. Here are some of the hidden meanings.
 
 Amaranthus: Constancy and fidelity
 Amaryllis: Pride, pastoral beauty
 Anemone: Abandonment, forsakenness, sincerity, fragility
 Chrysanthemum: Happiness and long life
 Chrysanthemum (White): Truth
 Chrysanthemum (Yellow): Secret admirer
 Chrysanthemum (Red): Love
 Daffodil (a.k.a. Narcissus): Respect, good fortune, chivalry, unrequited love
 Daisy: Innocence, loyal love, purity
 Forget-Me-Not: Faithful love and memory, true love
 Iris: Faith and wisdom, inspiration
 Ivy: Fidelity, wedded love, affection
 Lilac: First love
 Lily: Purity and sweetness
 Lily of the Valley: Renewed happiness and humility
 Orchid: Love and beauty
 Peony: Happiness and prosperity
 Rose (Red): Love and desire
 Rose (White): Purity and innocence
 Sweet Pea: Departure
 Tulip: True love
 Violet: Modesty
 Zinnia: Thoughts of friends, thoughts of absent friends
 
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