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Victorian Traditions for Wedding Flower Selection

1. February 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

When planning their wedding, most women tend to choose flowers by color and fragrance alone. While these are important qualities to consider, author Tracy Guth suggests also learning the language of wedding flowers. She offers a series of wedding books that delves deeper into the meanings behind your special choices for your big day.


Victorian tradition says that each month of the year has it's own flower, and some brides still believe that incorporating these specific blooms into your wedding day will bring good luck:


  • January: snowdrop
  • February: primrose
  • March: jonquil
  • April: sweet pea
  • May: lily of the valley
  • June: rose
  • July: larkspur
  • August: poppy
  • September: morning glory
  • October: cosmos
  • November: chrysanthemum
  • December: holly

Some of the more popular bouquets are said to have special meanings, regardless of which month you celebrate your special occasion:


  • Amaryllis: beauty, pride
  • Anemone: expectation, anticipation
  • Baby's breath: innocence, pure heart
  • Blue violet: faithfulness
  • Calla lily: magnificent beauty
  • Camellia: luck, contentment 
  • Carnation: fidelity, love
  • Chrysanthemum (mum): abundance, constancy, truth, hope
  • Crocus: joy
  • Daffodil: regard, devotion
  • Daisy: innocence, faith
  • Fern: sincerity
  • Forget-me-not: remembrance, constancy
  • Freesia: innocence
  • Gardenia: purity, joy
  • Gerbera daisy: beauty
  • Gladiolus: generosity
  • Honeysuckle: affection, devotion 
  • Hyacinth: constancy, play, loveliness
  • Hydrangea: understanding
  • Iris: faith, wisdom, passion
  • Ivy: fidelity, wedded love
  • Lilac: first feelings of love or first love, innocence
  • Lily of the valley: happiness
  • Magnolia: love of nature
  • Orange blossom: eternal love, fertility
  • Orchid: love, beauty
  • Peony: shyness, happy marriage
  • Poppy: pleasure, success
  • Rose: love, joy, beauty; red and white together mean unity; pink signifies grace and gentility; yellow stands for joy and passion; coral indicates desire 
  • Stephanotis: happiness in marriage, desire
  • Stock: bonds of affection
  • Sunflower: adoration
  • Sweet pea: bliss
  • Tulip: perfect love, passion
  • White lily: purity, gaiety, sweetness

If you're not keen on Victorian traditions and just want some pretty flowers at a reasonable price, ask a local florist which blooms are in season so you can enjoy fresh, fragrant flowers to fit your budget.


Source: Weddings at iVillage.com