Flowers are one of the many beautiful things you would expect to see in plenty at weddings. They bring colour, texture, scent and make beautiful, dramatic bouquets, flower displays, buttonholes and centre pieces. Although there are no rules to wedding flowers some brides want to know the language and meaning of the flowers they choose which is known as Floriography.

flower meanings

Did you know that during the Victorian times lovers would send messages to each other using different flowers, and each flower having its own meaning. The symbolism is limitless in flowers and meanings range from a declaration of love, to sensuality and purity of heart.

Choosing your perfect flowers can be difficult; they need to compliment your wedding colours whilst looking the part and bringing a beautiful fragrance to your day. You may already have a favorite flower or have fallen in love with a particular flower perfect for your wedding colours. However if flowers aren’t your specialty then we are here to hopefully bring you information and some inspiration to help you choose.

The most popular flowers with their traditional meanings

Name Picture Meaning Birth month

Agapanthus

Agapanthus The symbolic meaning of Agapanthus is magical love of love letter, and is derived for the Greek agape meaning “love”

 

Allium

Allium Allium is the onion genus, with about 1250 species and meaning of you’re perfect & elegant

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria Alstroemeria is a flowering lily plant and  symbolic of wealth, prosperity and fortune Pisces (20 Feb-20 Mar)

Amaranthus

Amaranthus Amaranthus has showy flower clusters or foliage and a symbol of immortality because it retains it’s freshness for a long time after being picked

Amaryllis

Amaryllis Amaryllis is a stunning red flower with symbolically meaning of splendid beauty or pride

Anemone

Anemone Anemone belongs to the buttercup family and originally derived from the Greek word ánemos, meaning windand as such called the windflower.

Apple blossom

apple blossom Apple blossom are symbolic of heady love, peace, sensuality, and fertility, ancient Celts decorated their bedchambers with these blossoms to entice amorous nights

Asiatic Lily

 Asiatic Lily Pure white lilies symbolize chastity and virtue, while brilliant orange tiger lilies convey pride and prosperity. MayTaurus (21 Apr-21 May)30th Anniversary

Aster

aster Asters have long been considered an enchanted flower and known as a talisman of love and a symbol of patience
September20th Anniversary

Azalea

Azalea Azalea flower symbolism represents first love, fragility and passion, womanhood (China), take care of yourself for me and fragility

Bluebell

Bluebells Bluebell also known as Cuckoo’s Boots have a meaning of constancy, gratitude and everlasting love

Carnation

carnation Carnations generally express love, fascination and distinction.  Pink carnations carry the meaning of a mother’s undying love. White carnations suggest pure love & good luck. Light red symbolizes admiration and deep red represents deep love and affection. Purple carnations imply capriciousness. JanuarySagittarius (23 Nov-21 Dec)1st Anniversary

Calla Lily

Calla Lily Calla Lily associated with holiness, faith and purity and has been depicted with the Virgin Mary or Angel of Annunciation MayTaurus (21 Apr-21 May)6th Anniversary

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum is a Chinese word, derived from “Chu hua” meaning “October flower” and also comes from Greek word ‘Chrys’ meaning golden and sometimes called mums or chrysanths.
November13th Anniversary

Cockscomb

Cockscomb In China the flower is called chi kuan, where it is extensively cultivate. Cockscomb is also known as Brain Flower and meanings of silliness and absurdity

Cosmos

cosmos flower

Commonly referred to as the Mexican Aster.

The word Cosmos in Greek means orderly, beautiful, and ornamental and known also as the ‘love flower’

Daffodil

Daffodil Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings daffodils are known as the “Lent Lily.” and  promise happiness and joy.
March10th Anniversary

Dahlia

Dahlia The dahlia is the national flower of Mexico also a symbol of inner strength, creativity and standing strong in your values

Daisy

daisy The daisy symbolism is purity, innocence, loyal love, beauty, patience and simplicity and has a common term of “Fresh as a daisy
AprilVirgo (23 Aug-23 Sep)5th Anniversary

Delphinium

Delphinium The name delphinium comes from the Greek word delphis and has meanings of big-hearted, fun, lightness, levity, ardent attachment. JulyCancer (22 Jun-22 Jul)

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley Also known as the May lily, the lily of the valley means “return to happiness” and symbolises chastity, purity, happiness, luck and humility 2nd Anniversary

Forsythia

Forsythia Named in honor of William Forsyth, one of the founders of the Royal Horticultural Society and said to have a meaning of Anticipation

Foxglove

foxglove
  • Summer

Freesia

freesia freesia are said to symbolise innocence and friendship. 7th Anniversary

Gardenia

Gardenia
  • Spring
  • Summer

Gypsophila

Gypsophila
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter

Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera Daisy
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter

Gladiolus

Gladiolus The gladiolus is named for the shape of its leaves, “gladius” or sword and symbolizes strength of character, faithfulness and honor. 40th Anniversary

Hyacinth

Hyacinth Symbolizing sport or play the hyacinth has different meanings -while blue hyacinth expresses sincerity, Purple – I Am Sorry; Please Forgive Me: Sorrow. Red or Pink – Play. White- Loveliness; I’ll Pray for You. Yellow – Jealousy

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
Libra (24 Sep-23 Oct)4 th Anniversary

Iris

iris
  • Spring
  • Summer
February25th Anniversary

Ivy

ivy
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter

Larkspur

Larkspur
  • Spring
  • Summer

Lilac

lilac
  • Spring
8th Anniversary

Lisianthus

Lisianthus
  • Summer

Orange Blossom

orange blossom
  • Spring

Orchid

orchid
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Aquarius (21 Jan-19 Feb)14th Anniversary

Peony

Peony The peony has a duel meaning one of shame, but it can also signify a happy marriage, Gay Life and a happy life. Scorpio (24 Oct-22 Nov)12th Anniversary

Poppy

poppy
  • Spring
  • Summer

Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne's Lace
  • Summer

Ranunculus

Ranunculus Commonly known as the turban buttercup, ranunculus meaning is, “I am dazzled by your charms.”

Rose

red rose
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
JuneGemini (22 May-21 Jun)15th Anniversary

Solidago

Solidago
  • Summer
  • Autumn

Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem
  • Spring

Statice

Statice
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter

Stephanotis

stephanotis has a meaning of happiness in marriage

Stock

stock flowers
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn

Sunflower

sunflower Sunflowers are known as one of the most joyous and flamboyant flowers and have the meaning of adoration, pride, and sunshine Leo (23 Jul-Aug 22)3rd Anniversary

Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea Sweet Pea symbolises delicate or blissful pleasure

Tulip

tulip
Tulips are the third most popular flowers across the world, red tulips symbolise love, yellow tulips happiness, purple tulip stands for royalty and white tulips signify peace or forgiveness.
Aries (21 Mar-20 Apr)11th Anniversary

Viburnum

Viburnum

Viburnum

Wax flower

waxflower
  • Spring

The carrying of flowers by the bride has its roots in ancient times when it was believed that strong smelling herbs and spices would ward off and drive away evil spirits, bad luck and ill health.