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Flower Symbolization

Flowers can have a variety of symbolic meanings. They commonly represent love, affection, commemoration, resurrection, life and innocence. To gaze upon a beautiful, brightly coloured fresh flower arrangement is to experience pure emotion. Depending on the colour of the arrangement or bouquet, the emotion one feels will be slightly different. From the deep passionate red of a rose to the elegant white of a calla lily, to the exuberance concentrated in a bouquet of golden tulips, the colour of flowers sends an emotional message. Over the centuries, these messages have been written down and exchanged as the symbolic meaning flowers express. When it is time to pick your beautiful flowers for your wedding, this list may help you with your choice.

ACORN – Nordic Symbol of Life and Immortality

ARBUTUS Thee Only Do I Love

BLUEBELL – Humility

CAMELLIA, Red – You're a Flame in My Heart

CAMELLIA, White – You're Adorable

CARNATION, Pink – I'll never forget you

CARNATION, White – Sweet and Lovely; Innocence; Pure Love; Woman’s Good Luck Gift

CATTAIL – Peace; Prosperity

CHRYSANTHEMUM, General – You're A Wonderful Friend; Cheerfulness and Rest


CROCUS – Cheerfulness

DAFFODIL – Regard; Unrequited Love; You're the Only One; the Sun is Always Shining When I'm With You

DAISY – Innocence; Loyal Love; I'll Never Tell; Purity

DANDELION – Faithfulness; Happiness

FERN – Magic; Fascination; Confidence and Shelter

FERN, Maidenhair – Secret Bond of Love

FORGET–ME–NOT – True Love; Memories

FORSYTHIA – Anticipation

GARDENIA – You're Lovely; Secret Love

GLADIOLUS – Give Me a Break; I’m Really Sincere; Flower of the Gladiators

GLOXINIA – Love at First Sight

HEATHER, White – Protection; Wishes Will Come True

HYACINTH, Purple – I am Sorry; Please Forgive Me; Sorrow

HYACINTH, White – Loveliness; I'll Pray for You

HYDRANGEA – Thank You for Understanding; Frigidity; Heartlessness

IRIS – Fleur–de–Lis, Emblem of France; Your Friendship Means So Much to Me; Faith; Hope; Wisdom and Valor; My Compliments

IVY – Wedded Love; Fidelity; Friendship; Affection IVY

LILY, Calla – Beauty

LILY, White – Virginity; Purity; Majesty; It’s Heavenly to Be with You

LILY–OF–THE–VALLEY – Sweetness; Tears of the Virgin Mary; Return to Happiness; Humility; You've Made My Life Complete

MISTLETOE – Kiss me; Affection; To Surmount Difficulties; Sacred Plant of India; Magic Plant of the Druids

ORANGE BLOSSOM – Innocence; Eternal Love; Marriage and Fruitfulness

ORCHID – Love; Beauty; Refinement; Beautiful Lady; Chinese Symbol for Many Children

PEONY – Shame; Gay Life; Happy Marriage

POPPY, Red – Pleasure

POPPY, White – Consolation

POPPY, Yellow – Wealth; Success


ROSE, Bridal– Happy Love

ROSE, Coral – Desire

ROSE, Dark Crimson –Mourning

ROSE, Dark Pink –Thankfulness

ROSE, Orange – Fascination

ROSE, Pale Peach – Modesty

ROSE, Pale Pink – Grace, Joy

ROSE, Red – Love. Respect

ROSE, Single Full Bloom – I Love you; I Still Love

ROSE, Thornless – Love at First Sight

ROSE, White – Innocence and Secrecy

ROSE, Yellow – Joy, Friendship

ROSEBUD Beauty and Youth

ROSEBUD, Red – Pure and Lovely

ROSEBUD, White – Girlhood

ROSES, Bouquet of Full Bloom – Gratitude

SNAPDRAGONDeception; Gracious Lady

STEPHANOTISHappiness in Marriage

TULIP, Yellow – There's Sunshine in Your Smile

VIOLET, Blue – Watchfulness; Faithfulness; I'll Always Be True

VIOLET, White – Let's take a Chance on Happiness

ZINNIA, Magenta – Lasting Affection



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