24 Flowers & Their Romantic Meanings

When it comes to wedding bouquets, you can never go wrong with roses. But if you’re looking for something a little different—or you want to save money but still have a bouquet that’s unique—why not choose flowers with a particular meaning? You might be surprised at the meaning behind even the more traditional wedding flowers like orchids and lilies, so we’ve included those as well. Even baby’s breath carries a special message!

1. Yellow Acacia (aka Golden Wattle)

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  • Signifies true friendship
  • Can represent secret love

2. Sweet Alyssum

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  • Elicits calm, spiritual energy
  • Protects from heated disagreements
  • Provides emotional balance
  • Symbolizes beauty
  • Lifts gloomy spirits

3. Angelica

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  • Encourages creativity
  • Relieves stress
  • Encourages restfulness

4. Azalea

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  • Depicts feminity
  • Perfect gift for a partner or loved one

5. Baby’s Breath

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  • Represents undying love across the board—family, friends, platonic relationships and (of course) romantic bonds
  • Signifies pureness and freedom from corruptive outside influences
  • In Christianity, it represents the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Denotes innocence
  • Denotes newborn babies of either gender
  • Symbolizes reconnection with family members or lost loves
  • Is said to encourage self-discipline and the capacity to remain focused on love

6. Carnation

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  • The Latin name— Dianthus—means “flower of the gods”
  • Are sometimes used to flavor beer or wine
  • Represent fascination, in particular between young lovers

7. Cherry Blossom

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  • Signify spirituality
  • Portrays feminity
  • In Japan, represents the nature of life

8. Clematis

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  • Signifies mental beauty
  • Symbolizes ingenuity

9. White Clover

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  • Promotes a feeling of vitality
  • Represents good luck (as in 4-leaf clover)

10. Yellow Daffodil

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  • Denotes new beginnings
  • Is considered to be a lucky sign of future success.

11. Daisy

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Symbolizes:

  • Purity
  • Loyalty
  • Love
  • Innocence

12. White Dittany

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  • Implies feelings of love and passion
  • Supposedly is an aphrodisiac

13. Forget-Me-Nots

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  • Implies true love
  • Are sometimes given with the hope that the sender will never be forgotten
  • Some say it stands for authentic love overflowing with memories

14. Gardenia

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  • Unquestionably romantic
  • Represents secret love
  • Perfect gift for someone you genuinely care about

15. Gillyflower

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  • Happy life
  • Lasting Beauty

16. Iris

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  • Hope
  • Wisdom
  • Valor
  • Faith
  • The root supposedly has the power to attract new love

17. Jasmine

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  • Modesty
  • Love
  • Sensuality
  • Elegance
  • Nobility
  • Grace
  • Passionate romance

18. White Lilac

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  • Purity
  • Youthful innocence

19. Lily

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  • In the Bible, they represent “God will provide” (Matthew 6:8 “Consider the lilies…”)
  • Expresses the thought that someone is beautiful
  • Is the May birthday flower
  • Flower of the 30th anniversary
  • Lilies of the Valley are the 2nd anniversary flower
  • Calla lilies—which are not true lilies—represent magnificent beauty
  • Lilies represent (depending on color):
    • Chastity (white)
    • Virtue (white)
    • Devotion (alstroemeria)
    • Friendship (alstroemeria)
    • Sympathy (white stargazer)
    • Wealth (pink stargazer)
    • Prosperity (pink stargazer)

20. Orchid

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Fun fact: there are more than 25,000 different varieties of orchids!

  • The species Vanilla planifolia produces the vanilla beans used for flavoring in cooking
  • Is perfect for all couples
  • Symbolizes:
    • Love
    • Beauty
    • Seduction
    • Refinement

21. Blue Salvia

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  • Associated with healing
  • Often given as a gift to someone recuperating from an ailment
  • Represents:
    • Wisdom
    • Long life
    • Good health

22. Sunflower

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  • Represent loyalty
  • Is the national flower of Russia (but is native to the U.S.)

23. Tulips

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  • Red tulips declare perfect love
  • The black heart-shaped stigma represents a lover’s heart that is darkened by passion
  • Is the 11th wedding anniversary flower

24. Blue Violet

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  • Represent dependability & trustworthiness
  • Symbolize:
    • Faith
    • Affection
    • Intuition
    • Love
    • Romance

For an excellent guide to DIY wedding flowers—including how to make a bouquet with some of these beautiful blooms—check this out:

http://www.davincibridal.com/blog/8-tips-for-successful-diy-wedding-flowers/

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