Did you know that there is a meaning behind every flower? Flowers have a language all their own. Every sentiment is expressed in one form or another by these fragile blooms. A leading Psychologist states Flowers are a perfect replica of human life, planting, growing, blooming and withering.
The language of flowers, called Floriography, is a Victorian Era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. This language was most commonly communicated through tussie-mussies an art which still has a following today.
Victorian women elaborated on Floriography, expressing their feelings within the boundaries of strict etiquette. Flowers afforded them a silent language that allowed them to communicate many sentiments that the propriety of the times would not normally allow. This practice was especially popular amongst lovers. Also, anything that carried the scent of a particular plant, like a handkerchief, carried the same message.
A man could convey his feelings by having just the right flowers delivered to his lady the morning after a dinner party or dance. Is he trying to win his lady’s heart? Perhaps he’d send her Snowdrops for hope, decorated with Peppermint for warmth of feeling. Did he behave badly the night before, flirting with other women? He should send Field Lilacs for humility, or Brambles for remorse. Maybe he wants nothing more to do with the lady in question. Flowers can send a message of finality as well as affection. A striped carnation can mean refusal, while the York and Lancaster Rose declares war.
Here is a short list of some commonly used wedding flowers that you might consider using in your wedding.
- Red Rose = Love and Respect
- White Rose = Innocence and Secrecy
- Red and White Rose combined = Unity or Togetherness
- Rose Coral = Desire
- Rose Pale Pink = Grace, Joy
- Rose Yellow = Joy, Friendship
- Stock = Bonds of Affection
- Stephanotis = Happiness in Marriage
- Iris = Faith, Hope and Wisdom
- Calla Lily = Beauty
- Daisy = Innocence, Loyal Love, Purity
- Peony = Happy Marriage
- Smilax = Loveliness
- Lily of the Valley = Sweetness, Humility, Complete Life
- Ivy = Wedded Love, Fidelity