The symbolic qualities of flowers have always held significance during weddings, coronations, and other times of celebration. A variety of sprigs, from basil or rosemary to clover, have long been added to bridal bouquets to convey special meaning or to charm the fates.
Following is a list of the symbolic qualities of a few of the more popular bridal flowers:
Baby’s Breath: modesty and sweet beauty
Dahlia: higher development and dignity
Daisy: creativity, inner strength, and increasing awareness
Gardenia: happiness, healing, and renewed joy
Fragrant Hyacinth: gentleness and inner beauty
Iris: higher inspiration and purity
Lavender: magic, love, protection, and healing
Lily: birth, godliness, and humility
Marigold: fidelity, longevity, and loving sacrifice
Rose: love and passion
Rosemary: clarity, power of thought, and sensitivity
Snapdragon: creative expression and will
Sunflower: opportunity and happiness
Violet: modesty and fulfillment
In addition to carrying the traditional flower basket, flower girls may wear a blossom-accented ribbon or band in their hair. Or several girls in tandem may carry a garland of vines covered with flowers. The best advice is to keep it simple: You don’t want your adorable flower girls to be overwhelmed by cumbersome floral arrangements.
Grooms & Ushers
Grooms, ushers, and fathers are no longer limited to the standard boutonniere of a single white rose or carnation. Sprigs of freesia, berries backed by a simple leaf, cornflowers, bachelor’s buttons, variegated ivy, pine, and acorns are all new twists on the traditional boutonniere. Like the bridal bouquet, the groom’s boutonniere should reflect his personal style and apparel and be appropriate for the time of day. Try to choose a flower or stem that will be hardy enough to withstand handshakes, hugs, and hours of pictures and dancing.