The Meaning Behind Your Flowers

Every flower has a meaning, so what should you use in your wedding bouquet?


When deciding on your wedding bouquet, it’s tempted to just go for the flowers you like and in colors that work with your scheme, but have you ever stopped to consider what they mean?

A lot of flowers are thought to represent something and are symbolic when used in wedding bouquets. Pick wisely and your bouquet could bring you a lot more than just a sweet smell. We’ve compiled a list of different flowers and their meanings, both negative and positive.

Positive Flowers

Stock up on these to bring good things to your marriage...

  • Anemone — this is a common garden flower, from the buttercup family, and stands for expectation.
  • Baby’s Breath — also known as ‘Gypsophila’, this is a common filler flower, often used in the hair of young girls attending weddings. It’s cheap and available all year round, and signifies innocence.
  • Calla Lily — a decorative and stunning flower, this represents magnificent beauty.
  • Carnation — this is a sweetly scented flower, available all year round in a variety of colours. Red means love, pink stands for boldness and white represents talent.
  • Chrysanthemum — this bright, bold flower is available all year round and represents wealth and abundance.
  • Daffodil — This bright yellow, trumpet shaped flower is ideal for a spring wedding, and means ‘regard’...although, be warned, it can sometimes represent unrequited love!
  • Daisy — this cheap and cheerful flower is available all year round and stands for sharing feelings.
  • Delphinium — although it shouldn’t be picked in the wild due to its poisonous properties, cultivated delphiniums represent swiftness and light.
  • Freesia — commonly used for bridesmaids’ bouquets, freesias mean innocence.
  • Gardenia — this strongly scented flower is available year-round, and stands for purity and joy.
  • Hydrangea — these beautiful blooms make for a gorgeous spring bouquet, and represents understanding.
  • Iris — a pretty spring flower, it means faith and wisdom when arranged in a bridal bouquet.
  • Lilac — this sweet scented spring flower represents the first emotions that come with love.
  • Lily — this decadent bloom has a strong scent and stands for majesty, truth and honor.
  • Lily of the Valley — it represents humility when it appears in paintings, but stands for happiness in a bridal bouquet.
  • Magnolia — this large bloom is available in the spring and summer months and means ‘lover of nature’.
  • Orchid — this fragrant flower is available year round, and stands for love and beauty.
  • Peony — these large scented blooms were said to be where mischievous nymphs hid in Greek mythology, causing the flowers to represent ‘bashfulness’; appropriate for the blushing bride.
  • Rose — a popular, stunning bloom, available year round but at considerable cost. The perfumed flower represents love, joy and beauty.
  • Sunflower — these bright, autumnal flowers mean ‘adoration’ when represented in a bridal bouquet.
  • Sweet Pea — this climbing flower has a gorgeous scent and is perfect for a spring or summer bouquet. It stands for ‘pleasure’.
  • Tulip — a popular and pretty spring bloom, the tulip stands for love and passion.

Negative Flowers

Avoid these blooms when picking your bridal bouquet...

  • Christmas Rose — using this flower will bring you ‘scandal’.
  • Fig — avoid figs if you want to avoid ‘idleness’ in your marriage.
  • Foxglove — using foxgloves will bring you insincerity.
  • Larkspur — this must be avoided at all costs, as it promises infidelity.
  • Lavender — although it has a calming scent and pleasant appearance, lavender represents mistrust.
  • Marigold — a marigold in your bouquet will bring you grief.
  • Mulberry — those that carry mulberries on their wedding day will be the first to die.
  • Raspberry — don’t include this summer fruit in your arrangements unless you want to feel remorse.
  • Carnation — a carnation in any colour but yellow is fine; a yellow one means ‘disdain’. A striped one represents refusal.
  • Rhododendron — these flowers represent imminent danger when used in a bridal bouquet.
  • Yellow Lily, Chrysanthemum, Tulip and Rose — these blooms in a yellow hue create falsehoods, slighted love, hopeless love and jealousy, in that order.


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