Your wedding day is one that you’ll never forget and for all the planning it entails, we all pray for a happy event. One of the most beautiful elements of this special day are the flowers that will decorate the church, hall and your hands. From floral stanchion arrangements, to bouquets or centrepieces you want the flowers to look perfect with your dress and decor. There’s more than just the aesthetics, there’s the meaning behind flowers that can be considered in your decisions. Not to add one more thing to the list but when aiming for perfection its best to contemplate every facet of your floral dreams. With this in mind we’re going to review some of the classic choices for wedding blossoms.

Anemone
Meaning: Expectation
Best For: Bouquets and arrangements
Scent:None
In Season: Fall (Japanese) to spring (Wood or De Caen)

 

Baby’s Breath
Meaning:Innocence
Best For: Filler in bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres
Scent: None
In Season: Year-round

 

Calla Lily
Meaning: Magnificent beauty
Best For: Bouquets and arrangements
Scent: Lightly fragrant
In Season: Spring and summer

Carnation
Meaning: Pink represents boldness, red symbolizes love, and white indicates talent. Some other colors have negative connotations (see below).
Best For: Bouquets, boutonnieres, and arrangements
Scent:Very light fragrance or none at all, depending on variety
In Season:Year-round

Chrysanthemum
Meaning:Wealth, abundance, truth
Best For: Bouquets and arrangements
Scent: None
In Season: Year-round

 

Daffodil
Meaning: Regard
Best For: Garden settings, bouquets, in pots
Scent: None
In Season: Spring

Daisy
Meaning: Share your feelings
Best For: Bouquets
Scent: None
In Season:Year-round

Delphinium
Meaning: Swiftness, lightness
Best For: Arrangements
Scent: Lightly fragrant
In Season: Summer

Freesia
Meaning:Innocence
Best For: Bouquets
Scent: Very fragrant
In Season: Spring and summer

Gardenia
Meaning: Purity, joy
Best For: Bouquets and boutonnieres
Scent: Very fragrant
In Season: Year-round

Hydrangea
Meaning: Understanding
Best For: Bouquets and arrangements
Scent: None
In Season: Spring and fall

Iris
Meaning: A message of faith, wisdom
Best For: In arrangements or potted
Scent: Fragrant
In Season: Spring

Lilac
Meaning: Love’s first emotions
Best For: Filler in arrangements or as part of bouquets, depending on variety
Scent: Very fragrant
In Season: Local lilacs are available in the spring; imported French lilacs are available year-round

Lily
Meaning: Majesty, truth, honor
Best For: Bouquets and arrangements
Scent: Fragrant
In Season: Summer, but often imported during other seasons

Lily of the Valley
Meaning: Happiness
Best For: Bouquets, in combination with other flowers
Scent: Fragrant
In Season: Spring and summer

Magnolia
Meaning: Love of nature
Best For: Arrangements
Scent: Depends on variety
In Season: Spring and summer

Orchid
Meaning: Love, beauty
Best For: Bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres
Scent: None
In Season: Year-round — almost always imported

Peony
Meaning: Bashfulness, the American spirit of ambition and determination
Best For: Arrangements
Scent: Lightly fragrant
In Season: Late spring

Rose
Meaning: Love, joy, beauty
Best For: Bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and arrangements
Scent: Lightly fragrant to very fragrant, depending on variety
In Season: Year-round

Stock
Meaning: Lasting beauty
Best For: Filler in arrangements
Scent: Very fragrant
In Season: Year-round

Sunflowers
Meaning: Short-stemmed sunflowers mean adoration; long-stemmed sunflowers symbolize haughtiness
Best For: Carrying a single stem down the aisle; potted arrangements
Scent: None
In Season: Fall

Sweet PeaMeaning: Pleasure
Best For: Garden setting, in vases
Scent: Fragrant
In Season: Late spring and early summer

Tulip
Meaning: Love, passion
Best For: Arrangements and bouquets
Scent: None
In Season: Late spring

There’s lots to consider and we know it can be overwhelming. Our floral department has over 30 years experience designing wedding flowers and with our broad existing connections in the garden centre industry we also offer incredible value. Call us today to find out how we can take your special day to the next level.

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