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What Do Your Wedding Flowers Mean?

Aug 17, 2007
As every flower lover know, flowers have a language all there own. Every sentiment can be expressed with flowers. Wedding flowers are no different. For instance you wouldn't want to have yellow carnations at your wedding because yellow carnations mean disappointment and rejection. Make sure you know what the flowers mean before you use them as your wedding flowers.

Roses are the most common wedding flower. Red roses of course mean I love you but dark red roses are for mourning. Pink roses mean perfect happiness but yellow roses mean jealousy. Sometimes it's not the color that holds the meaning but the type. A tea rose means I'll always remember you but a dried white rose means I would rather die than lose my virtue. Rosebuds means beauty and youth but roses signify secrecy and silence.

Roses aren't the only flowers that hold meaning. Lilies are a very popular wedding flower. The most popular type of lily being the Calla Lily which means beauty. Most lilies have beautiful meanings. The white lily means it's heavenly to be with you while the yellow lily means I'm walking on air. Did you know that the day lily is the Chinese symbol for mother. The tiger lily means wealth and pride.

Not all flowers have negative meanings, there are very few negative meanings for tulips. Tulips in general mean the perfect lover, this might be a good one to tuck into the buttonhole on his tux. Red tulips are a deceleration of love while a yellow tulip means there is sunshine in your smile.

There are some flowers you can just look at and assume you know what they mean. Never be too hasty in assuming anything. For instance when you look at a cactus you would think that there had to be a negative meaning for it, wrong. A cactus means endurance and forever. This fits if you think about the cactus, they can survive anything.

There are so many different types of wedding flowers that no one could name them all but here are a few more. Peonies were listed as the number 1 flower used in New York weddings which makes you wonder what they had to hide. Peonies mean shame. Orchids also made it into the top five for New York weddings. Orchids are the Chinese symbol for many children.

No matter what wedding flowers you pick, no one is really going to know the meaning unless you tell them. Your wedding flowers like your wedding should be memorable and not based on superstition. Finding the meanings of flowers is like being superstitious about the groom seeing the bride in her wedding dress before the wedding. We make our own luck.
About the Author
Bonnie Goodwin Ray has more than sixteen years experience in the wedding industry. She is the author of Wedding Planning Made Easier and has become a leading expert in silk wedding bouquets design.
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