The Meaning of Flowers
Roses, Carnations, Forget-me-Not, Ivy, Myrtle,Rosemary
Almond, Blossoms, Snowdrops
Lily of the valley
- PURITY & FERTILITY:
- BEAUTY, LOVELINESS, GRACE:
Hibiscus, Camellia, Jasmine
- GOOD FORTUNE:
Choosing A Florist
It is advisable to employ a florist to supply the flower arrangements. Most of the work with the flowers is done the day before and the morning of the wedding when the couple and their families are at their busiest. Therefore unless the floral displays are very simple it is wise to have them professionally prepared.
When deciding on a florist seek personal recommendations from friends and recently married acquaintances. If you are unable to decide, it is best to visit several and look at their displays. Most florists will allow you visit them at a time when they have prepared flowers for other weddings so that you can see the quality of their work.
Decisions regarding the flowers should only be made once the wedding outfits have been chosen. The style and colour scheme of flowers should be in keeping with the wedding and in particular reflect the personality of the bride. The florist should be given notice of the wedding approximately four months in advance so that he or she is free on the day. The florist will want to discuss precise details around six weeks before the wedding.
A single rose in any colour stands for simplicity, while a full bloom means "I love you", and rosebuds are a symbol of beauty and youth. Two roses taped together to form a single stem means an engagement or coming of a marriage. The stem leaves are a symbol of hope. Even the colour of each rose has a special meaning:
- RED - "I love you"
- WHITE - Purity
- RED & WHITE - Unity
- YELLOW - Joy & Gladness
- RED & YELLOW - Happy feelings
- PINK - Grace
- ORANGE - Desire
Many flowers can now be obtained out of season because they are grown in greenhouses and are imported from other parts of the world. Seasonal flowers, however, are more likely to fresher and less expensive.
Amaryllis, Chrysanthemum, Lilac, Apple blossom, Daffodil, Lily, Azalea, Daisy, Mimosa, Broom, Forsythia, Orchid, Bluebell, Freesia, Polyanthus, Camellia, Gladioli, Primrose, Carnation, Heather, Rhododendron, Cherry Blossom, Honeysuckle, Stephanotis, Clematis, Iris, Tulip, Crocus, Jasmine, Waxflower
Aster, Gladioli, Marigold, Azalea, Hollyhock, Orchid, Carnation, Heather, Peony, Cornflower, Iris, Rose, Chrysanthemum, Jasmine, Rhododendron, Delphinium, Larkspur, Stock, Daisy, Lilac, Sweatpea, Freesia, Lily-of-the-valley, Sweet William, Fuschia Lupin, Tiger, Lily, Gardenia
Chrysanthemum, Gypsophila, Micklemas Daisy, Daisy, Hydrangea, Morning Glory, Dahlia, Iris, Orchid, Freesia, Lily, Rose, Gladioli, Love-lies-bleeding
Carnation, Gentian, Rose, Chrysanthemum, Holly Berries, Stephanotis, Freesia, Iris, Snowdrop, Forsythia, Lily, Winter Jasmine, Gypsophila, Orchid