Signifying love and romance, roses are the most common choice of wedding flower. From a light, spring-like bouquet of white roses for the bride to a more vibrant red for black-tie reception centerpieces, the opportunities for elegance are endless when it comes to this most classic of wedding flowers. But did you know that a yellow rose, though pretty, often stands for jealousy? Or that peach can signify the closing of business deal?
While you aren’t required to choose wedding floral arrangements based solely on flower meanings, this is one area where you can have a little fun. Communicating via flowers can provide a lighthearted way to evoke a romantic mood—and a valuable way to narrow down a long list of floral choices if you’re having a hard time choosing.
- Baby’s Breath: Baby’s breath is one of the more popular wedding accent flowers. These delicate, inexpensive white flowers provide a great filler for larger flower arrangements. And its meaning—innocence—is sure to please the most stringent bridal requirements.
- Calla Lilies: Second to roses, lilies are one of the most popular wedding flowers. Traditionally, lilies have been associated with funerals, but their meaning—of love and rebirth and long-lasting relationships—carries over well to weddings.
- Carnation: The most inexpensive of all wedding flowers, carnations are one of the most commonly used flowers for conveying a message. Stick to pink (bold feelings), red (love), and white (talent) for carnations. Other colors like yellow (refusal) and striped (disdain) might not be right for your celebration.
- Daffodil: As most traditional wedding flowers carry alternate meanings in shades of yellow, daffodils are a great way to go if yellow fits in your color scheme. Denoting regard and forgiveness, these beautiful, inexpensive spring flowers are sure to brighten any wedding scene.
- Daisy: Nothing is brighter or more cheerful than a daisy. As many young girls already know from plucking the petals or giving a good friend a daisy chain, these flowers encourage people to share their feelings and bask in friendship. They also add a whimsical touch to your wedding plans.
- Gardenia: Gardenias are one of the more fragrant wedding flower choices. Ideal for use in bouquets and centerpieces, these flowers carry the meaning of purity and joy—something no wedding is complete without.
- Iris: More mature weddings can benefit by stepping away from the light, playful flowers and opting for something like irises. These dark, gorgeous spring flowers carry messages of faith and wisdom, and work best in larger arrangements.
- Orchid: Though expensive and difficult to arrange (unless in single blooms), orchids are a nice way to make a wedding immediately elegant and classy. And because they stand for love and beauty, they always fit in with any wedding theme.
- Rose: Almost every wedding has roses included in some area (bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, or centerpiece arrangements). As mentioned above, be careful about what colors you choose—though most people will forgive out-of-the-ordinary colors in the name of love.
- Tulips: Signifying love and passion, tulips are another common wedding flower. Like roses, they too come in a variety of colors and hues. Stick to the more common romantic colors and avoid the darker, more funereal tones, and you should be just fine.
Although most flower color meanings are more superstition than fact, this is one day out of your life where it makes sense to pay attention to the subtext. Your Utah wedding reception is worth every consideration to make it absolutely perfect.