If you’re getting married, it’s never too early to start planning your wedding flowers. Not just your wedding bouquet, but your bridesmaid flowers, flowers for favours, table flowers, corsages – the lot. And if you want them to stand the test of time, you probably have ‘dried wedding flowers’ underlined, at the top of your research list.
But which wedding flowers to choose? We’re not going to smooze you with our favourite bouquets or our bestsellers. We know how much wedding flowers mean, not just on the day but for months and years to come, because we had dried bouquets at our weddings.
So, instead we want to tell you a bit about the meanings of the flowers and grasses you can have in your bouquet. You won’t just be well informed when it comes to what looks good, but you can make choices based on your personality and that of your bridesmaids, mother-in-laws and anyone else you might want to treat with a beautiful lasting memory of the day.
The most well-known meaning of Gypsophila is everlasting love, which literally makes it perfect for wedding bouquets, corsages, head-dresses and buttonholes. Also known as baby’s breath, Gypsophila represents purity and innocence, like that of a child.
Peonies represent romance and compassion. Symbols of a happy marriage, some people regard peonies to be a symbol of prosperity and riches. This is particularly the case in China. According to flowermeaning.com the peony is an official emblem and important to many celebrations and traditions. Its name in chinese also translates to mean ‘most beautiful.’
Eucalyptus is more of a tree than a flower (okay, it’s not a flower at all, but still well worthy of a wedding bouquet, so we’ve included it here). The eucalyptus tree is a symbol for strength and survival. It’s known to survive in tough conditions, while other plants will wither away. Sounds like great symbolism for a marriage compared to past relationships, doesn’t it?
Eucalyptus also smells great – even dried eucalyptus. Picture this – one bridesmaid has already started bawling and the others are all welling up and sniffing. At least they can smell the eucalyptus, which is basically like menthol rub or Airwaves – they’ll leave the ceremony feeling elated, fresh and with great sinuses.
Lavender is commonly used in aromatherapy and botanicals. In these spheres it’s well known for healing and relaxation. Its symbolism is similar – representing calmness and grace, lavender is no doubt an elegant addition to any wedding bouquet.
Like eucalyptus, dried lavender can have a lovely strong scent that lasts for months. Even a sprig or two in a wedding bouquet could have you transported back to your wedding day after a single sniff.
Nigella is a symbol of the bonds that bind people together.
The tangle of leaves that surround a nigella flower give it one of its alternative names ‘Love in a mist’. According to dengarden.com Nigella was also known as ‘bride in hair’ during the Renaissance period, because its tangle of leaves was said to be like a bride’s who wore her hair down and loose, to represent her virginity on her wedding day.
Cornflowers are a symbol of faithfulness, tenderness and reliability. It’s also known to represent wealth and good fortune.
You’re going to love this one. Bunny tail grass or lagarus symbolises sexual activity and fertility (wonder what came first, this or the phrase ‘at it like rabbits’). Also like rabbits, bunny tail grass is exceptionally cute, which makes it the perfect addition to wedding bouquets or even solely making up bridesmaid or flower girl posies.
The larkspur flower is associated with love and an open, pure heart. A symbol of positivity, larkspur is a great feature for large wedding bouquets.
Billy Buttons or Craspedia are bright globe shaped flowers. Classically they symbolise good health, but are also known to be given as a gesture to mean ‘You light up my world’.
Roses have long since been so symbolic that many people are aware of the symbolic meanings of roses by colour. Simplified, these are:
- Red roses signify love and romance
- White roses signify purity
- Pink roses signify admiration
- rose signify friendship
- Peach roses signify gratefulness
In the UK specifically, the poppy is a symbol of remembrance. Closely aligned with this, poppies can also be known as a symbol of peace, rest and eternal life. Both fresh and dried poppies look fantastic in wedding bouquets.
Here’s where we ad-lib a little bit. As pampas bouquet specialists, we know a lot about pampas – how and where it grows, what it’s like to have and to hold, in sickness and in health. To us, pampas represents being hardy and strong, standing the test of time and holding it together even when the sky is falling in. Not only that, but when you love someone like we love pampas, it’s beautiful no matter what – rain bedraggled, plucked by birds for nests or in the prime of its life, fluffed up and glistening in the sun. This is what makes pampas a great symbol to go in any wedding bouquet.
Buying a dried wedding bouquet
There are lots of places to buy dried wedding bouquets from, but the difference with our bouquets is we’re happy to customise it with any ‘ingredients’ we have available. That means if you want more bunny tails, or different coloured ones – just ask. And if you want smaller versions for bridesmaids or flower girls, that’s not a problem either.
Find out more on our Dried Wedding Flowers page.