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Flowers can add additional 'bloom' to wedding ceremony

Peonies are popular for wedding bouquets because they symbolize happy marriage.
Peonies are popular for wedding bouquets because they symbolize happy marriage.

Honestly I could write a lot about how wedding details can enrich a wedding ceremony, and I probably will, but today though, maybe because here in Minnesota it is cold and snowy, I am thinking about flowers and how their meaning can add a special oomph, a specialness, to a wedding ceremony.

People often have special relationships with flowers that come through various experiences: seeing them at a celebration or another wedding, receiving them as a gift from a loved one, passing a garden or florist's shop, or perhaps even seeing them website or a social media post.

As I write wedding ceremonies, I like to ask about the couple's flower selection. Most often the couple (or at least half of the couple) is very excited to talk about their floral sections. Sometimes the couple is aware of the traditional meanings behind their selected flowers, but others don't know, so I like to share what I find fascinating meaning behind the lovely flora so we can weave this into their ceremony if it resonates for them.

Anemone symbolizes anticipation

Anthurium welcomes all as it symbolizes hospitality

Baby's Breath suggests modesty and a tender, sweet beauty and also festivity

Basil is all discipline and integration

Begonia equates to balance

Buttercups glow with self-worth and the power of words

Cactus manifests beauty and wealth

Calla Lilly (also called the wedding flower) means regal

Carnation is about deep love and healing

Cherry Blossoms represent the fragility of life

Chrysanthemum springs forth with joy and joyfulness (no wonder its a wedding favorite)

Clover, of course, four leaf or not, brings out luck, love, fidelity and kindness

Daffodil shines with inner beauty, clarity and new beginnings

Dahlia is dignified and highly developed

Daisy symbolizes creativity, inner strength and innocence

Forsythia means anticipation

Freesia represents friendship and innocence

Gardenia is purity of purpose and action and often joy

Hibiscus represents femininity, sexuality, warmth

Hyacinth is recommended for overcoming grief, and for gentleness and inner beauty

Hydrangea symbolizes both perseverance and heartfelt emotion

Iris promotes greater inspiration, wisdom and purity

Lavender brings devotion, love, virtue and protection

Lily typifies birth and beginnings, as well as humility and modesty

Magnolia represents dignity and nobility

Marigold speaks to loving sacrifice, longevity and fidelity

Morning Glory is spontaneous- out with the old and in with the new

Orchid epitomizes refined and charming

Peony means happy marriage (very popular!)

Protea symbolizes diversity and courage

Queen Anne's Lace represents femininity and complexity

Rose (red) is for romantic love and passion; (pink = admiration and white = purity)

Rosemary represents power and sensitivity

Snapdragon depicts will power, grace and creative expression

Sunflower is all happiness, being truly one's self, dedicated love and turning toward opportunity

Violet signifies modesty, fulfillment and intuition

This is only a short list of possible flowers a couple may select. There are many other flowers currently popular in weddings so please check with a professional florist. Still, whatever the couple's flower selection, their reason for selecting them as well as the traditional meaning can be subtly or strongly incorporated to add another connecting detail to enhance and enchant their ceremony. Yet another way to make the ceremony bloom ....


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