For most couples, buying wedding flowers means getting something you like because you think they’re beautiful and will enhance the decorations of both where you get married and where the reception is. What many don’t realize is that different types of flowers have different meanings, and one could inadvertently pick a style of flower that says the wrong thing.
Roses, for instance, have many different meanings based on the color one chooses. Most couples choose red roses, which actually stands for passion and love, while white roses stand for beauty, innocence and charm, and pink roses mean happiness. No one can go bad by picking any color of rose for their wedding.
Carnations are a different story. While white carnations is an indication of love, red carnations are actually a symbol of sadness and despair. Yellow carnations means you have disdain for someone, and striped carnations actually means you don’t want to be with someone else; that wouldn’t work well on one’s wedding day.
At the same time, some flowers seem to signify just what they should be signifying. Baby’s breath, for instance, signifies innocence, and being as dainty as they are, that fits. Orchids signify love and beauty, as do lilies, while tulips also signify beauty and undying love.
Luckily for most brides, we don’t attribute a lot of meaning to the colors of flowers, and thus putting together your decorations can be easier to do based on colors and styles, and of course what you’re doing it for. The bride’s bouquet, as an example, is most often a bouquet of roses, but there’s nothing saying all the roses have to be red. For instance, orange roses mean the same thing as red roses, and since white roses have a positive meaning as well, both could offer a nice spark of color.
There are also times when brides will have bouquets of lilies for something different. Some will also go for bouquets of carnations, mainly white. Some high society weddings will have the bride carrying gladiolas, which actually signifies strength of character. Lilacs are also popular, as they signify youthful innocence, as well as offer a very pleasant scent.
In general, knowing the meaning of the flowers you select might make a difference to you, or it may not. I tend to say go with whatever you want, and don’t worry about the interpretations of others.