The Best Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings

Having flowers at a wedding is almost a given. Whether it’s the bridal bouquet, buttonholes, or decoration for the venue or reception, flowers are everywhere at a wedding. You can find here the Online Tutorial for a Bridal Bouquet and the Button Hole.

But let's talk about Wedding Flowers in General.

In the modern age, we’ve lost a lot of the traditional meaning behind our flower choices, with most couples opting for varieties that fit their colour scheme. However, the history and meaning behind our flower choices are still fascinating and deserve a revival. So that’s what we’re here to do!

The History of Wedding Flowers

The history of wedding flowers in the Western world stretches all the way back to Ancient Rome (and pr

obably before) when brides carried flowers as a symbol of new beginnings. Flowers symbolised new beginnings and growth for obvious reasons: they grow and bloom fresh each year.

In the Middle Ages, herbs became a more popular choice due to their perceived ability to ward off bad humours and evil spirits. Strong-smelling herbs (such as dill or rosemary) were particularly popular.

The wedding bouquet as we know it rose to prominence in the Victorian era when Queen Victoria carried a small arrangement on her wedding day. As with many other things, the queen doing something made it incredibly popular and it stuck.

Of course, the link between weddings and flowers has grown massively since then. They now dominate the venue, the reception decorations, and are worn by both the bride and groom’s parties.

White Flowers at Weddings

Ever wondered why white flowers are popular at weddings? Well, it’s the same reason traditional wedding dresses are white: it’s the colour of purity. White has held this association for basically all of Western history; it’s clean and unblemished and, in the days before modern chemicals, was very difficult to achieve.

But remember to stay away from white lilies! Although they symbolise commitment, purity of the soul, and rebirth, they’re often chosen for funerals.

While this doesn’t mean you can’t use them at your wedding, it’s a link most people will make. So tread lightly!

Using Flowers at a Wedding

Flowers pop up in almost every part of a wedding. They’re most popular in:

  • Bridal bouquet. This one is a given.

  • Groom’s buttonhole. The groom will often wear a flower in his jacket buttonhole (typically on the left). It’ll usually be a bold flower that’s not too big and is something found in the bridal bouquet.

  • Venue displays. How you include flowers in your venue really depends on your theme. Anything from freestanding displays to arches of climbing plants looks amazing regardless of whether your wedding is indoors or outdoors.

  • Wedding reception. At the reception, table displays are the most common. Ideally, these should match the bridal bouquet and overall wedding theme in terms of colour.

With floral displays, there are plenty of ways to reduce the budget and keep them looking amazing. For example, using something like cherry blossom or sticks can look chic and doesn’t cost much at all.

Popular Wedding Flowers

While white flowers might seem like the obvious choice, there’s nothing stopping you from opting for a more colourful choice. In fact, a wide range of flowers have long been associated with wedding bouquets and arrangements.

Some of the most popular include:


The link between roses and love is almost ubiquitous in society. After all, they’re the go-to on Valentine’s Day. But did you know different colours of roses have different meanings?

  • Red is love and desire

  • White is innocence and charm

  • Pink is happiness

Queen Anne’s Lace

This flower is popular in floral arrangements because it’s very delicate and frilly and so fills small spaces well. Its small white flowers symbolise femininity and complexity, and it works great in both table decorations and bridal bouquets.


Lilacs are beautifully fragrant and come in either purple or white. Both colours symbolise first love, so they might not be a suitable choice for everyone!


Irises are perfect for adding a pop of bold colour to any floral arrangement, and their meaning makes them ideal for weddings. The iris symbolises faith, valour, and wisdom, all of which are suitable virtues at a wedding!

Gerbera Daisy

These massive daisies are another popular choice in wedding bouquets, both because they’re inexpensive and they go with pretty much every other flower. As you’d expect from such a bright flower, the gerbera daisy symbolises cheerfulness.


Clematis is a beautiful climbing plant with small, often fragrant flowers. It can be both bold and delicate depending on the type you have, and it comes in a wide range of colours. Clematis symbolises mental fortitude and ingenuity, which are always good virtues to have.


Hydrangeas might not be every bride’s go-to flower for their wedding, but they’re ideal for adding body to table displays and bouquets. What’s more, the hydrangea is perfectly suited for a wedding because it symbolises heartfelt emotion and perseverance.


Japonica is a flowering shrub that makes a great choice for venue displays. It can be grown into arches or shaped as freestanding bushes. It’s suitable for weddings because it symbolises graciousness.


Lavender might seem like an unusual choice for weddings but it’s actually perfectly at home in a bridal bouquet because it symbolises devotion and virtue. While it would also be ideal for venue displays, it might be best to keep it away from table displays because its powerful fragrance might not go too well with your guests’ dinners!

Lily of the Valley

If you want lilies at your wedding, lily of the valley is the perfect choice. It’s long been associated in Christianity with the Virgin Mary because it symbolises purity of heart and sweetness. Its small, dainty flowers make it ideal for bridal bouquets.


While the meaning behind flowers has typically gone out of favour in the modern age, knowing the symbolism of your wedding flowers can help you to put together a beautiful (and meaningful) arrangement.

White is always a firm choice for obvious reasons, but this doesn’t mean you need to stick to white alone!