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The Classic Symbolisms of Popular Wedding Flowers

Roses Red symbolizes love, passion and beauty. White symbolizes innocence, purity, and sympathy. Pink symbolizes happiness, appreciation, and grace. Purple roses symbolize love at first sight and enchantment. Yellow roses symbolize friendship and joy.

Carnations White symbolizes pure love. Pink symbolizes gratitude. If you want to use carnations in your wedding stay away from any striped varieties, which traditionally symbolizes refusal of a romantic advance.

Dahlias Red dahlias are meant to give the recipient strength and power. Pink and purple dahlias symbolize grace and kindness. Blue and green dahlias symbolize a new beginning or new chapter in the recipient’s life. Avoid black dahlias as they symbolize betrayal.

Daisies Similar to roses, red daisies symbolize passion, yellow symbolizes happiness, and pink symbolizes gentleness and grace.


Gardenias only naturally occur in white and are an obvious choice for a wedding flower. Gardenias symbolize a new beginning, trust, love and respect. Because they ONLY come in white, they have also been used to symbolize purity and innocence.

Hydrangeas Hydrangeas are a great filler flower to make bridal bouquets nice and full, but they have their own symbolisms, too! White symbolizes purity and grace. Pink symbolizes emotion and romance. Purple hydrangeas symbolize royalty and understanding.

Peonies Peonies are considered a symbol of good luck and prosperity and are a very popular wedding flower because of their more romantic look.

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