A SouthBound Guide to Flower Meanings

I did a post on the language of flowers a few years ago, when Kate Middleton selected the blooms for her bouquet to represent various sentiments, and I thought it was about time to update it and introduce some of you to a beautiful tradition you might not be aware of. In fact, the language of flowers goes back about 200 years, and was especially popular in the Victorian era, when young ladies consulted one of the many flower dictionaries available at the time in constructing their ‘tussie-mussies’. These days the interest in ‘florigraphy’ has largely been lost, but I think it’s a super romantic vintage tradition to bring into your wedding (as this real bride did to gorgeous effect) and a really sweet, meaningful way to construct your bouquet. You can find meanings for dozens of blooms online (this site is a favourite), but today I’ve drawn together ten of our favourite wedding flowers together with their meanings, which come from The Knot Book of Wedding Flowers by Carley Rooney. And some gorgeous wedding flowers to get swoony over too, of course!

Images: Anastasiya Belik Photography/PEONY Art Decoration Studio via Burnett’s Boards (left); Jessica Lorren Organic Photography/Beneva Flowers via Elizabeth Anne Designs (right)

Images: Segerius Bruce Photography/Philippa Craddock Flowers/Tiffany Grant-Riley via Wedding Chicks (left); Erin Kate Photography/Soil & Stem via Grey Likes Weddings (right)

Images: Emme Wynn via Wedding Chicks (left); Calie Rose/Heather Bliss Photography (right)

Images: Christian Oth Studio via Dress Safari (left); David Jenkins via Rock My Wedding (right)

Images: KT Merry Photography via Once Wed (left); Fondly Forever/Fleurs Du Soleil by Kim England via Ruffled (right)

Images: Brown Butter Photography via 100 Layer Cake (left); Christine Sargologos/French Connection Events (right)

Images: Corné & Lara Photography/Bundall Flower Centre via Bridal Musings (left); Marvelous Things/Janie Medley via Project Wedding (right)

Images: Mademoiselle Fiona/Amy Chin via Martha Stewart Weddings (left); Docuvitae Photography/Sharla Flock Designs/Hohn Events via Style Me Pretty (right)

Images: via Emmaline Bride (left); Juliet McKee/Fairynuff Flowers via Love My Dress (right)

Images: Levi Stolove Photography/The Pod Shop via Ruffled (left); The House that Lars Built/Jessica Peterson (right)

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