Flower choice can have hidden meanings
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.