The Language of Flowers: How to pick a wedding bouquet filled with meaning

Learn a brief history of the Language of Flowers and how to choose flowers based on their history and symbolism is a special way to add even more sentiment to your day.

The Language of Flowers: How to pick a wedding bouquet filled with meaning

Whether your wedding theme is traditional, vintage, boho or cottage garden, there’s no doubt that the flowers you choose bring life, beauty, colour and fragrance to your special day. But with so many beautiful blooms out there, it can be tricky to choose!

The Language of Flowers (or Floriography) dates back to the Victorian era, with writers and scholars applying meaning to different flora. Choosing flowers based on their history and symbolism is a special way to add even more sentiment to your day.

With this in mind, I’ve selected my top floral options to make a wedding bouquet personal to you and your beau.

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Anemone by Flowers by Catherine


Beautiful, bold anemones come in a huge range of colours. As a family, they represent expectation and anticipation — fitting emotions for a wedding day!
Flowering from late autumn to spring, they’re an ever-popular option for winter ceremonies.

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With its wealth of forms and range of colours, this summer and autumn favourite represents a commitment and bond that lasts forever — a perfect accompaniment to those wedding vows! From the dusky pink Cafe Au Lait in summer to the deep burgundies of autumn, this beauty is sure to bring colour and texture to your event decor and bouquets.

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Definitely one for the romantics! Roses represent love and beauty, with specific meanings depending on which colour you choose.

Red roses represent passionate love, white roses symbolise innocence and purity, and pink roses depict joy and gratitude.

It’s no wonder they’re the flower of choice for many weddings.


Sunflowers turn their heads to follow the sun as it moves through the sky, which is why they symbolise loyalty and adoration. These uplifting flowers are perfectly suited to rustic and country themed gatherings — and are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.


Hydrangeas are a perfect choice for big and bold displays (they definitely have the wow factor!) or as a base for a bouquet. Representing understanding and heartfelt emotion, this bloom comes in a spectrum of colours and shapes — from the big and blousy mop head to long, elegant panicles, there’s one for every style of wedding.


In Victorian times, orchids were only found in the tropics and were a sign of luxury, magnificence, splendour and a show of refined tastes. Nowadays they are much more readily available but retain their status of delicate elegance and beauty. White tends to be the orchid of choice for most weddings with a traditional style and symbolises innocence and purity as well as elegance and reverence.

And don’t forget herbs and foliage!

Our green friends are just as important in a bouquet — we can’t let flowers have all the limelight.

Rosemary is a wonderful option with it’s gorgeous scent. It’s also a symbol of remembrance, for guests who are no longer with us.

Or if you’re looking to add a royal touch to your special day, how about a sprig of myrtle?

This evergreen shrub is a traditional inclusion in royal wedding bouquets symbolising hope and love — most recently seen in Meghan Markle and Princess Beatrice’s bouquets.

For an even more personal touch, how about adding a brooch or pendant to the stems of a bouquet? A lovely way to add your own meaning to your blooms.

Ready to have a unique and meaningful wedding bouquet?

Every wedding I have done over the years has been different but the result is always the same, beautiful flowers for your special day. I’d love to help design the perfect wedding flowers for your big day. Get in touch for a chat today.

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