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Selecting the perfect blooms for your bouquet might seem to be a question of aesthetics, but there is actually a lot more to flowers than the way they look. The meaning of most flowers dates back to the end of the nineteenth century in England. The reserve of the Victorians prevented them from discussing emotions, so a sort of flower code helped men to tell women how they felt about them.
Before you go ahead and order your wedding flowers, check out the meaning of certain blooms to be sure your bouquet signifies true love and not infidelity or mistrust.
There are some flowers that may be beautiful, but have a negative meaning that you might not want to associate with your wedding. In some cases it is just certain colours of one particular flower that have an unfavourable meaning. Of course, if one of these is your favourite flower you may decide to ignore superstition and just choose it anyway.
Try to avoid larkspur, meaning infidelity and lavender, signifying distrust, as these are certainly not emotions you want associated with your wedding. You might also rule out foxglove and yellow lilies, which mean insincerity and falsehood respectively. A Christmas rose suggests scandal, and a marigold depicts grief, so these are also perhaps best avoided.
If you are having a yellow theme tread carefully as yellow carnations show disdain, yellow chrysanthemums signify slighted love, and yellow roses mean jealousy. Be equally careful with a red colour scheme as the meaning of a red carnation is ‘alas my poor heart,’ and red poppies symbolize consolation.
|Apple Blossom||Better things to come|
|Aster||Love and Daintiness|
|Carnation||Pure Deep Love|
|Iris||Wisdom and Hope|
|Rose - Red||Passionate Love|
|Rose - White||Innocence and Pure Love|
|Rose - Red & White||Unity|
|Tulip - Red||Declaration of Love|
|Tulip - Yellow||Hopeless Love|