January 26, 2012
Ted’s Tips: Top 10 Wedding Flowers
The top 10 flowers used in weddings as found on The Knot
All photos come from organizations that are members of the Boston Wedding Group
1. The Rose
Long considered a symbol of beauty and love, the rose figures into many myths & fairy tales.
2. The Tulip
Representing “consuming love” and “happy years,” the tulip can be a meaningful wedding choice.
3. Calla Lily
Also known as the arum lily, this elegant, trumpet-shaped blossom originated in Africa and symbolizes “magnificent beauty” in the language of flowers.
4. Lily of the Valley
With bell-shape florets dangling from a thin stem, the lily of the valley is sometimes called “the ladder to heaven.” The fresh, perfumed scent from its tiny flowers is unmistakable.
With its big bushy head and intense shades of pink, blue, burgundy, and purple, it’s no wonder that the hydrangea represented “vanity” in the Victorian language of flowers.
6. The Peony
The peony has a large, full head, strong perfume, and bright color. But despite this outward showiness, the flower acquired the Victorian meaning “bashfulness.”
Looking for a cost-effective alternative to roses or peonies? Try the lush, multi-petaled ranunculus, a relative of the buttercup.
The Victorian meaning for this flower is “marital happiness,” making the dainty white Stephanotis an obvious choice for weddings.
9. Sweet Peas
The sweet pea, which signifies “lasting pleasure,” was first brought to England from Sicily in 1699, and the English have had a love affair with this delicate flower ever since.
10. The Gardenia
Surrounded by dark green, waxy leaves, the exquisite gardenia exudes a sultry, heavy scent. It was this intoxicating fragrance that captivated an English sea captain traveling through South Africa in 1754, prompting him to bring home one of the native plants as a souvenir.