Flower choice can have hid­den mean­ings

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Wedding Guide - - FRONT PAGE -

THERE are plenty of rea­sons you can choose the flow­ers that you do for your wed­ding bou­quet, church and re­cep­tion dec­o­ra­tions, cor­sages or but­ton­holes.

Some peo­ple merely go with their favourite flower or color, or have a par­tic­u­lar color scheme in mind.

And, of course, it all de­pends on the time of year you are get­ting mar­ried, which most of the time nar­rows the choice of what is in bloom and/or avail­able.

Some, how­ever, choose their flow­ers ac­cord­ing to the mean­ing that has been as­cribed to them since Vic­to­rian times and even be­fore.

Many of th­ese mean­ings orig­i­nated dur­ing Vic­to­rian times be­cause of the trend to­wards re­press­ing emo­tions in public, so peo­ple chose flow­ers care­fully to con­vey cer­tain mean­ings.

Roses sig­nify love, joy and beauty, rang­ing from the in­no­cence of white roses to the pas­sion with which red roses are syn­ony­mous.

Or­chids are an­other popular choice, and like roses, also stand for love and beauty.

For an­other grace­ful choice, many brides choose calla lilies for their so­phis­ti­cated look and they can also cre­ate a cen­tre­piece with im­pact.

Should you wish to por­tray abun­dance and truth, chrysan­the­mums should be your choice, or for mar­i­tal hap­pi­ness, stephan­otis is a tra­di­tional flower for brides to carry.

Tip­toe through the tulips for a bou­quet that sym­bol­ises eter­nal love, choose freesia to con­vey the trust in your re­la­tion­ship, or even choose poppy to sig­nify imag­i­na­tion.

There are also flow­ers that most avoid when it comes to wed­dings, be­cause they sym­bol­ise qual­i­ties you do not want in a mar­riage, ac­cord­ing to su­per­sti­tion.

Th­ese in­clude lark­spur, in­di­cat­ing in­fi­delity, or fox­glove, which in­di­cates false­hood.

For more in­for­ma­tion on this sub­ject, check out your fa­vorite bridal or wed­ding web­site.

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