Throughout history, certain flowers have been assigned different meanings and were given as gifts to symbolize emotions or affections. This was especially true during the Victorian Era, when flower selection was limited.

The meanings of flowers are more open to interpretation today, since most blossom varieties are readily available, and people find personalized symbolism with each bloom – whether from a fond memory or special past occasion.

Here, Country Weddings provides a generalized guide to some of the more common wedding blossoms and their symbolism. What fun to design your wedding bouquet based on specific meanings!


redRed Rose Passionate Love
whiteWhite Rose Innocence, Pure Love
pinkPink Rose Perfect Happiness
yellowroseYellow Rose Friendship
thornlessThornless Rose Love at First Sight
gardeniaGardenia Joy, Secret Love
orchidOrchid Beauty, Love, Refinement
bluevioletBlue Violet I’ll Always Be True
forget-me-notForget-Me-Not True Love, Good Memories
freesiaFreesia Trust
chrystanthenumRed Chrysanthemum Sharing
lilyofthevalleyLily of the Valley Happiness, Sweetness
whitelilacWhite Lilac Youthful Innocence
purplelilacPurple Lilac Regal Unity
whitelilyWhite Lily Purity
callalilyCalla Lily Beauty
primrosePrimrose I Can’t Live Without You
peoniPeony Happy Life, Happy Marriage
ivyIvy Wedded Love, Fidelity