Wedding Flowers

Information Courtesy of DJ Alan Dodson

Communicating with flowers became the height of fashion under Queen Victoria, when nineteenth century publishers produced dozens of dictionaries explaining “floriography” as “The Language of Flowers”. Lovers used the guidebooks to gather nosegays, bouquets and Tussie Mussies to give as gifts.

Acacia: Friendship
Agapanthus: Secret Love
Alstroemeria: Devotion
Amaryllis: Pride, Timidity, Splendid Beauty
Anemone: Expectations
Aster: Elegance and Love
Azalea: First Love, Temperance

Baby’s Breath: Innocence
Bachelor Button: Hope
Begonia: A fanciful nature
Bells of Ireland: Good Luck
Bouvardia: Enthusiasm
Buttercup: Childishness

Calla Lily: Magnificent Beauty
Camellia-red: Unpretending excellence
Camellia-white: Perfected loveliness
Carnation-red: Alas poor heart
Carnation-pink: I’ll never forget you
Carnation-purple: Capriciousness
Carnation-stripped: Sorry I can’t be with you
Carnation-white: Innocence
Carnation-yellow: Disdain
Chrysanthemum-red: Love
Chrysanthemum-white: Truth
Chrysanthemum-yellow: Slighted love
Crocus: Youthful gladness

Daffodil: Regard, You are the only one
Dahlia: Dignity and Elegance
Daisy: Gentleness, Innocence, Loyalty and Romance
Dandelion: Rustic Oracle
Delphinium: Flights of Fancy, Ardent Attachment

Fern: Fascination
Forget Me Not: Faithful Love, Undying Hope, Memory, Do Not Forget
Freesia: Innocence

Galax: Encouragement
Gardenia: Purity and Sweet Love
Gladiolus: Strength of character

Heather: Admiration and Beauty
Hibiscus: Delicate Beauty
Huckleberry: Faith
Hyacinth: Playful Joy

Iris: Faith, Wisdom, Valor and Promise
Ivy: Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship and Affection

Jasmine: Amiability
Jonquil: Affection Returned

Larkspur: An open Heart
Lavender: Loyalty
Lemon Leaves: Everlasting Love
Lilac-purple: First Emotion of Love
Lilac-white: Youthful innocence
Lily-orange: Wealth
Lily-white: Sweetness
Lily-yellow: Gaiety, walking on air
Lily of the Valley: Humility, Sweetness, Return of Happiness
Lotus Flower: Estranged love

Magnolia: Love of Nature
Marigold: Grief
Morning Glory: Affection
Mum: Hope
Myrtle: Home, love

Narcissus: Egotism

Orange Blossom: Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness
Orchid: Love, Beauty and Magnificence

Pansy: Thoughtful Reflection
Peony: Happy Marriage and Prosperity
Primrose: Young Love

Ranunculus: Radiant, Charming
Rose, Pink: Perfect Happiness
Rose, White: Charm and Innocence
Rose, Red: Love and Desire
Rose-single red: I Love You
Rose-Burgundy: Unconscious love
Rose, white and red: Unity
Rose, Orange: Passion
Rose, Yellow: Joy and Gladness
Rosebud: Beauty and youth
Rosemary: Remembrance

Snapdragon: Presumption
Solidago: Success
Star of Bethlehem: Purity
Statice: Remembrance
Stephanotis: Marital Happiness
Stock: Lasting Beauty
Sunflowers: Pride
Sweet Pea: Blissful Pleasure

Tiger Lily: Prosperity
Tuberose: Dangerous Pleasure
Tulip: Love and Passion
Tulip-red: Declaration of love

Violet: Faithfulness

Wax Flower: Riches
Wisteria: Welcome

Yarrow: Healing