the language of flowers and colours

Have you ever wonder about the meaning of flowers and colours? It is said that everything communicates , so if this is true, then before you choose your wedding flowers and colours, you should do your research. If you are a traditionalist then the obvious picks for your wedding flowers will be roses, lilies, daisies […]

Have you ever wonder about the meaning of flowers and colours?

It is said that everything communicates , so if this is true, then before you choose your wedding flowers and colours, you should do your research.

If you are a traditionalist then the obvious picks for your wedding flowers will be roses, lilies, daisies , hydrangeas and baby’s breath.

Roses symbolise romance. A white rose symbolises purity, red roses communicate passion while pink roses are more softly feminine.

Blue roses are quite uncommon. They signify charm and mystery and because blue roses do not occur in nature, they symbolise wonderful enchantment, excitement and the possibilty of an adventure.

Calla lilies symbolise beauty and refinement, so if you are going for a look of elegance, then this is a great floral choice.

Daisies, another wedding favourite signify that you are “ bubbling over with happiness.”

Baby’s breath symbolises softness, gentleness and purity of heart. They add a lot of charm and whimsy to any bridal bouquet.

Two of my personal favourites are the cherry blossom and hydrangeas.

The cherry blossom symbolises new beginnings, which is really what a wedding is all about. A new chapter in your life.

Hydrangeas are originally from Japan. Pink hydrangeas communicate genuine emotion. They require a fair amount of water to keep the blooms looking their best.

Chrysanthemums ( or “ mums” as they are fondly called) represent everlasting, other great choice for making a statement about your union!

Other popular wedding flowers include:

Orchids. These delicate, exotic and graceful flowers are available in as many colours of the rainbow. They symbolise love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greek, orchids were synonymous with virility, making this flower an excellent choice for grooms!

Anthuriums , which symbolise hospitality are another flower option. Personally, I love the hybrid green anthurium lilies!

Birds of Paradise also known as “ crane flowers” signify joyfulness and paradise.

Carnations are typically associated with Mothers because it symbolises a mother’s enduring love, however there is absolutely nothing wrong with choosing carnations for your bridal bouquet.

Azaleas and amaryllis are popular with brides beause azaleas signify first love and passion while amaryllis symbolises harmony.

Bachelors button is always a popular pick for the grooms because this flower symbolises “ youthful freedom “ ( about to come to an end, I dare say), confidence and “ abundant energy.”

The thoroughly modern millenial bride is opting for green bridal bouquet comprising succulents, cacti, vines, cabbage plants, sweetcorn and very on trend, echeveria, a succulent native to Mexico.

Since fresh flowers especially imported fresh flowers can be pricey, you can keep things affordable by mixing fresh with silk flowers. Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds?

A basic rule of thumb is that the style of bridal bouquet you choose and the colour should ideally complement your dress.

A bride who loves to read created her paper floral bouquet using pages from one of her favourite Harry Potter books. How cool is that!

White as we all know is the colour of purity. White also signifies virginity , which is why white is a traditional colour for most bridal dresses. Nowadays, brides including mature brides or 2nd time brides are choosing blush pink, ivory and champagne. Yes, champagne is a colour too!

Since colours influence emotion, it is best to understand what the various colours represent.

In Western cultures, the colour white is synonymous with purity, innocence and simplicity however in Eastern cultures, white is used for deaths and burials.

Similarly, the colour red in Western cultures signifes passion, love, happiness and excitement whereas in Eastern cultures, red is a good luck or good fortune colour.

Beige and ivory are popular neutrals that signify unification, calmness and simplicity.

There was a time when chocolate brown was the “ default” neutral colour. Brown usually connotes comfort, simplicity and the earth. It is a good “ grounding colour.”

Nowadays, grey is also a workable neutral to use in your wedding décor. It contrasts nicely with metallics that are still popular with brides. Grey signifies modesty, maturity and security.

Silver which can be considered a metallic signifies calm , while gold signifies strength and wealth.

Then there is black, which is synonymous with sophistication, formality and elegance (think black tie).

Here’s a list of colours and their meaning to guide your decision about the colours to use in your décor.

Yellow signifies joy, happiness and hope. It is an optimistic colour.

Blue signifies peace, harmony and tranquillity. Teal, which is in the blue “family” signifies sophistication, while aquamarine signifies water.

Purple signifies royalty, nobility and spirituality whereas lavender which is in the purple “ family” is synoymous with feminity, grace and elegance.

Orange signifies warmth and flambouyance.

Green signifies good luck, nature and all things eco. As a matter of fact, “ greenery” is the Pantone colour for 2017 and is a very popular colour with eco conscious brides and grooms.

Keep this guide handy as it will assist you in making some decisions about the flowers and colours to select for your big day.

This article was researched and written by Kathleen Maynard, CSEP.












































































































About Kathleen Maynard

Kathleen Maynard, CSEP As an International Special Event Society (ISES)  certified special events professional, Kathleen has 30 years experience in event planning and management, including weddings, social and corporate events for clients based primarily in Trinidad and Tobago. An advocate of continuous learning and self development, Kathleen is currently mentoring aspiring event professionals who are enrolled in the George Washington University Certificate in Events Management programme at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Trinidad and Tobago.