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The Rich Symbols of #Flowers

September 7, 2011

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Tulips - Wedding Flowers

Tulips - Wedding Flower Symbolism

One of the most elegant and beautiful ways to decorate for your wedding is with flowers. Flowers are rich with symbols, especially in Western culture, so you may want to be aware of them before using them, lest you make a statement you don’t want to make on the most important day of your life.

The practice of assigning meaning is called floriography, and flourished during the Victorian Era in England. It was a way that lovers communicated with each other, using flowers and floral arrangements to send coded messages-messages that allowed them to express feelings that otherwise could not be spoken.

The nuances of these coded messages are now mostly forgotten, but some still remain. Red roses, for example, imply passionate, romantic love, while pink roses infer lesser affection, white roses suggest virtue and chastity, and yellow roses signify friendship or devotion. Sunflowers indicate either haughtiness or respect.
The daisy conveys innocence or purity. A pansy signifies thought, a daffodil regard, and a single strand of ivy fidelity. Poppies, especially red ones, a given for consolation at the death of a loved one. Irises and lilies symbolize “resurrection” and “eternal life,” and with their blooming and shining petals, are associated with the sun and the stars.

Perhaps as important as the kind of flower you choose to decorate your wedding is the color of the flowers. Don’t choose a color theme arbitrarily; make sure that it will match the kinds of flowers you want as well.
Many cultures in the world associate all flowers with femininity. In Hindu mythology, for example, flowers have a particular importance. The Hindu god Vishnu, who is one of the three major gods in the Hindu system, is often depicted standing straight on top of a lotus flower. For Hindus, the lotus has great spiritual significance and figures greatly in many Hindu creation myths.

So you can see that with the rich symbolism that are connected with flowers how important it is to have the right ones for your wedding. What flowers you choose depends upon the setting of your wedding, whether it’s in the park or church, and the site of your reception. Of course, you need to remember that the bride is the focus of any wedding, not the flowers, so you need to choose flowers that bring attention to her, and not the other way around.

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Are these Wedding Flowers Fake?

Head on over to 3 Boys and a Dog to see my guest post on Ways to Save Money on Weddings – Fake Flowers. Kelli has a great site on how to save money online and I’m glad she accepted my wedding post.

Flowers can be a touchy subject with brides. Like everything else, if having real flowers is important to you then go ahead and spend money on them! Spend money on the things that are important to you. If they are not on the top of your list then you can save a lot of money by using silk flowers.

Silk flowers allow you to choose any flower (and color) you want. The season and location will not matter! If you do chose an out of season flower then you will not have to worry about the condition it will be in when it is shipped. You can pre-purchase them and know exactly what it will look like. They also look great in photographs. The colors are bright and there is not any wilting (unless you actually purchase silk wedding flowers with a wilted look).

You can get adventurous and mix silk wedding flowers with real ones, but be careful if you do this. You do not want to make it obvious which ones are silk and which are real wedding flowers. Going one way or another is a safer bet, but a good florist can make a mixture of silk wedding flowers and real flowers look great. I have seen successful mixes where the silk flowers are weaved into greenery (like on a trellis). However, mixing silk and real wedding flowers within a single bouquet is difficult to do.

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Choosing your wedding colors can be fun or be the first thing in a line of stressful wedding activities. If you are struggling choosing your wedding colors (or you just want to make sure you have the right ones before you paint yourself into a corner) then consider the following three tips:

Listen to your bridesmaids. If you love pink, but it is hated by your maid of honor then consider making it a secondary or accent color. It is your wedding so you have the final say, but at least listen to their concerns before you make them wear a dress in their most hated color.

Your wedding flowers will be limited by your color selection. If you pick three complementary shades of blue then you will only have a few flowers to choose from. Vice versa, if you choose a shade that is common in a cheap wedding flower then you can save money. For example, if you choose the color orange then you can use marigolds (a very cheap wedding flower). I am not a huge fan of marigolds in general, but they can be beautiful at a wedding. Marigolds are large flowers that tend to fill an entire pot. You can plant many small pots of marigolds and use them at the wedding reception for table centerpieces.  It will add more color to your wedding reception than long stem roses ever will.

The season can also be important when choosing your wedding colors. Summer colors tend to be bright, fall colors are generally deep colors like orange, green, and burgundy. Spring colors tend to be more pastel. You may not care if you have a burgundy wedding in the spring, but it will cause you some stress when you find out that dresses in that color are hard to find when you start looking!

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