Congratulations! You have found the man of your dreams and are getting married. What a wonderful time in your life – full of promise, hope, and happiness. Can you think of a better way to express these emotions than through flowers? A wedding would just not be the same without wedding flowers.
The Tradition of Wedding Flowers
Carrying flowers by the bride is not something new; it actually has its roots in ancient times. Strong smelling herbs and spices were used to keep away evil spirits during the wedding celebration. Later, during the Roman era, flowers were used to symbolize fertility. Eventually, flowers were given different meanings and used as a way of sending “love notes” in the form of bouquets. Soon, the tradition of the meaning of each flower trickled down and was adopted for the bride’s bouquet.
By tradition, the groom wears a flower that appears in the bridal bouquet in his buttonhole. This custom originates from the Medieval tradition of a knight wearing his lady's colors as a declaration of love.
So it seems that a wedding without flowers is like, well, it’s like a garden without flowers!
So Many Choices
Have you ever considered how many different kinds of flowers there are? Hundreds of beautiful blooms are available to create the romantic elegance your wedding deserves. You may even feel like author Phoebe Cary, who said, “I know not which I love the most, Nor which the comeliest shows, The timid, bashful violet Or the royal-hearted rose: The pansy in purple dress, The pink with cheek of red, Or the faint, fair heliotrope, who hangs, Like a bashful maid her head.” So, how do you choose?
One way is to consider the different meanings of the flowers and create a bouquet that is not only beautiful to the eye, but also meaningful to the heart. Another way is to consider the time of year. Many flowers are more common during one season than another, so finding off-season flowers may be difficult!
Based on tradition, here are some of the more popular wedding bouquet flowers and what they mean, along with when they are in season:
Red Rose – Love, All Year
White Rose - Unity, All Year
Yellow Rose - Joy, All Year
Orange Rose - Passion, All Year
Pink Rose - Secret Love, or Grace & Sweetness, All Year
Alstroemeria - Devotion, All Year
Baby's Breath - Innocence, All Year
Calla Lily - Magnificent Beauty, March through September
Carnation - Devoted Love, All Year
Daisy - Innocence & Romance, All Year
Ivy - Fidelity, Marriage, All Year
Lily Of The Valley - Happiness, March through September
Myrtle - Joy , All Year
Orchid - Love & Beauty, All Year
Stephanotis - Marital Happiness, All Year
Tulips - Love & Passion, January through April
Zinnia - Affection, All Year
The best way to get the right flowers is to choose the right florist and one of the best ways to find a good florist is by word of mouth. If the florist's service and work comes highly recommended, chances are they will do a good job for you. Select a florist that listens to you and really grasps the look and feel you want. Be open to the florist's ideas and suggestions. In the long run, it will be the value of their experience, talent, and expertise that you have purchased.
Don’t Forget the Flowers for the….
In addition to flowers for the wedding party and family members, you will need flowers for the church, arrangements for the reception tables, head table, and guest book table. You may even want flowers for the cake and a small bouquet for the ladies' room. To make sure you don’t forget any of your floral needs, here is a list of possibilities:
Flowers for the Bridal Party
Maid/Matron of Honor
Mother of the Bride
Mother of the Groom
Father of the Bride
Father of the Groom
Flowers for the Wedding Ceremony
Canopy or Archway
Flowers for the Reception
Guest Book Table
Bouquet to Throw
Fresh flowers underline the importance and elegance of your wedding day. They enhance any setting and can literally transform an average looking room into a beautiful scene. If you've planned well, your flowers will be exactly what you want, and you'll be free to focus on what your day is all about.
Claire Bowes is a successful freelance writer and owner of http://www.1st-for-flowers.com/ where you will find further tips and ideas for wedding-flowers, flower-baskets, and flower-gifts.
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