The symbolism of flowers dates back to the Elizabethan era, a time when the expression of emotions was confined by the rules of etiquette. It was then that the language of flowers emerged and each variety was given individual meaning to help convey thoughts or wishes that could not be expressed aloud. We have prepared an easyto- follow A–Z chart with the meanings of many popular wedding flowers so you can incorporate some personal sentiment and meaning in your bouquet and floral arrangements.
|A||Almond (flowering)||Hope and watchfulness|
|Alyssum (sweet)||Worth beyond beauty|
|Amaranth (globe)||Timeless love|
|Bellflower||Gratitude, unchanging love|
|C||Calla lily||Magnificent beauty|
|Camellia (red)||Flame of the heart|
|Chrysanthemum (red)||Expression of love|
|French honeysuckle||An unknowing beauty|
|Heliotrope||Faithfulness and devotion|
|Honeysuckle||A sweet nature|
|Ivy||Fidelity, wedded love|
|J||Jasmine (yellow)||Grace and elegance|
|Lilac (purple)||First love|
|Lilac (white)||Youthful and innocent love|
|M||Myrtle||Love and joy|
|O||Orange blossom||Purity and loveliness|
|P||Peach blossom||A captive heart|
|Pear blossom||Health and hope|
|Rose (orange)||Fascination and enthusiasm|
|Rose (pink)||Love and perfect happiness|
|Rose (pink and white)||I will always love you|
|Rose (red)||Love, passion, desire|
|Rose (white)||Innocence, truth|
|Star of Bethlehem||Purity|
|Stock||Everlasting thoughts of love|
|Sweet basil||Good wishes|
|T||Tulip (red)||Declaration of love|
By Jessica-Anne Lyons
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