15 Wedding Bouquet Flowers and Their Special Meaning

You’ve picked out the perfect dress, the most amazing shoes, and your bridesmaids are all happy. Next up, flowers! The flowers you choose for your day play a huge role in the overall look of your wedding day. Flowers have been gifted as a way to express certain emotions or represent specific qualities for millennia, and each bloom carries with it its own unique and special meaning. Is your flower of choice associated with good luck, love, happiness or fidelity perhaps? We’ve selected our 15 favorite flowers and revealed their deeper meaning, so that you can choose the perfect bloom to include in your wedding bouquet! Let’s take a closer look at the love language of flowers!

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1. Rose

Always a popular choice, and with good reason. The red rose symbolises everlasting love, romance, beauty and courage. As a flower, it is ruled by the planet of love, Venus, and are the ultimate expression of femininity. The white rose represents new beginnings and purity, pink means grace and admiration, while orange is a show of passion and enthusiasm.

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2. Sunflower

Sunflowers are known as the happiest-looking flower, but they are much more than that. These flowers symbolise unwavering faith and unconditional love. In Chinese culture the sunflower is also associated with good fortune, vitality, intelligence and happiness. If you want a flower that oozes positivity and joy on your big day, you could do no better than sunflowers!

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3. Lavender

Lavender is a plant that has been long associated with happy marriage, love, devotion and fertility. In a physical sense it promotes calm, wellbeing and a feeling of peace, imagine taking a deep inhalation of this bouquet to calm any big day nerves. Including lavender in your wedding bouquet is steeped in Irish tradition and is said to bring happiness and luck to a marriage!

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4. Baby’s Breath (Gypsophilia)

Baby’s Breath is an all time favorite addition to wedding bouquets and we can see why! These sweet flowers represent everlasting love which is perfect for a wedding. It’s also a great flower for new mothers or mothers to be!

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5. Calla Lilly

Calla lillies are said to bring wedded bliss when used in a bouquet on the big day! Not only that but they are also associated with life, fertility and beauty. The trumpet shaped blooms originate from Africa and will add a sleek and modern look to your arrangement.

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6. Lilac

Lilacs symbolise love and passion while lilac the color also represents first love and romance. This is the perfect flower for your bouquet if your partner was your first love!

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7. Orchid

Orchids represent love, luxury, beauty and strength. These flowers also symbolize opulence, so a perfect choice if you want to add a touch of the wow factor to you bouquet. Orchids were particularly treasured in Japan and when gifted can mean that you wish success for that person!

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8. Cherry Blossom

The cherry blossom has been long revered for its magnificent beauty and femininity but did you know that it’s also a lucky choice for a bride on her big day? These sweet little flowers represent love, luck and abundance. They are the perfect choice for a spring wedding as they are in season!

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9. Peony

Peonies are such a sweet and happy flower! These beauty symbolise love, honor, happiness, wealth, romance and bashfulness. Peonies included in a bridal bouquet are said to attract a happy marriage, good fortune and wealth. Even a royal favourite, Meghan Markle included peonies in her big day!

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10. Daisy

The humble daisy symbolises sweetness and purity of heart as well as nature spirits, love and children. These dainty childhood favorites are rumoured to have been the favorites of Norse Goddess Freya and thusly represented motherhood, sensuality and fertility too!

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11. Anemone

The anemone comes in a range of different colors and is simply gorgeous as an addition to your bouquet! The flower itself represents a feeling of anticipation that everyone feels on their big day. These beautiful blooms are unusual and give a sense of modern edge to any bouquet with their dark centres.

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12. Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums would make the perfect addition to a summer bridal bouquet. If you receive a red chrysanthemum from someone, it is a symbol of love. A white chrysanthemum is a symbol of loyalty and devoted love. In general, chrysanthemums are believed to represent happiness, love, longevity and joy; all things that would be great for a wedding day!

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13. Carnations

The carnation means fascination, distinction, devotion and love. White carnations symbolise pure love and adoration, while pink carnations say, “I’ll never forget you.”

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14. Lily of the valley

Lily of the valley have always been a wedding favorite, and with good reason! These sweet little white blossoms represent rebirth, new beginnings and humility. They are also thought to bring luck in love and symbolise a return of happiness.

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15. Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera daisies are a gorgeous addition to any bridal bouquet with the color variations being so fabulous! Yellow gerbera daisies are a symbol of cheerfulness and celebration. Red gerberas represent being fully immersed in love. While pink gerberas are a symbol of admiration, adoration, or high esteem for someone.

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