Choosing flowers for your event? Here is the ultimate guide to their meaning.
I recently went to a magical wedding where the centrepieces on the tables were tall, thin glass bottles, each with a single white lily. The simplicity delighted those obsessed with orderliness and the avid romantics.
The power of flowers first dawned on me while watching the 2003 Tim Burton classic Big Fish. In one of the most iconic movie scenes, by all standards, the main character planted an entire field of yellow daffodils to impress the girl of his dreams.
Sometimes flowers take centre stage at an event, and other times they play a supporting role by simply accentuating other décor elements. Whether you are going for a bold or soft look, flowers bring life to any event.
If you are planning a wedding, birthday, cocktail event, or a simple breakfast, you might find it useful to know the meaning behind various types of flowers.
- Red roses: love, desire
- Dark red roses: beauty
- White roses: purity, innocence, reverence, silence
- Pink roses: grace, happiness, gentleness
- Yellow roses: joy, friendship, the promise of a new beginning
- Orange roses: desire and enthusiasm
- Lavender roses: love at first sight
- Coral roses: friendship, modesty, sympathy
- Red carnation: “my heart aches”, admiration
- White carnation: innocence, pure love, women’s good luck gift
- Pink carnation: “I’ll never forget you”
- Yellow carnation: disappointment, rejection
Apple blossom: preference
Bachelor’s button: single blessedness
Daisy: innocence, hope
Edelweiss: courage, devotion
Forget-me-not: true love memories
Honeysuckle: bonds of love
Iris: a message
Ivy: friendship, continuity
Jasmine, white: sweet love
Lavender: devotion, virtue
Lily, calla: beauty
Lotus Flower: purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, and rebirth
Magnolia: love of nature
Morning glory: affection
Peony: happy life, happy marriage
Poppy, red: consolation
Salvia, blue: “I think of you”
Salvia, red: forever mine
Southernwood: constancy, jest
Sweet pea: pleasures
Tansy: hostile thoughts
Tulip, red: declaration of love
Tulip, yellow: sunshine in your smile
Source of flowers’ meanings: Old Farmer’s Almanac (https://www.almanac.com/content/flower-meanings-language-flowers)