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The Meanings Behind Your Wedding Flowers

Making sure you choose the right wedding flowers for your special day should be fun and stress-free, but sometimes making the final decision can be a little difficult!

The type of floral decoration you pick could be the difference between a great day and an incredible one so it’s a good idea to learn as much as you possibly can about them before you buy.

To try and make things as easy as possible for you, we have put together a guide of what each flower means and represents. Some you may know already and some you may not!


The rose is one of the most classic and recognisable flowers, but it has a number of different meanings depending on the colour you choose.

© Lang Thomas Photography

Red – love and romance
Lavender – love at first sight and enchantment
Pink – love and gratitude
White – purity and innocence
Orange – desire and passion

© Tamiz Photography

© Lang Thomas Photography

Gypsophila/ Baby’s Breath

Gypsophila is found in delicate white clusters and is the perfect flower to compliment a bouquet or for table settings.

Typically, these are white and mean everlasting love, pureness and innocence.

© Georgina Harrison Photography

© Jordanna Marston Photography

Calla Lily

The calla lily is another classic, and this one means magnificent beauty, holiness, faith and purity.

It comes in several colours, making it adaptable to your colour scheme. It is most commonly seen in white, but can come in purple and soft pink among others.

© Georgi Mabee Photography


The lilac comes in a range of colours and tones, and represents love’s first emotions, so it is ideal for your special day.

The French variety of lilac can be used in bouquets and arrangements.

© Mariel Hannah Photographer


The various colours of carnations have different meanings – pink resembles boldness, red is love and white is talent.

The range of different colours make them a great choice to fit in with any colour scheme.

© Brandon Chesbro Photography


Daffodils mean regard, and these are the perfect seasonal flower. They come in a range of colours, including white, pink, and the most well-known yellow, so can suit most colour schemes.

© Katie Stoops Photography

© Katie Stoops Photography


Hydrangeas symbolise understanding and they work perfectly as a stand-alone flower. You’ll find them in a range of colours, from white to yellow, purple to pink and green to blue, and these flowers are some of the most versatile of the bunch.

© Amy Shore Photography

© Anna Hardy Photography

Lilly of the Valley

Lilly of the valley conveys majesty, truth and honour. It is perfect to use on its own or, with its small flower heads, as a wonderful addition to a larger bouquet.

© The Wilde Bunch

Sweet Pea

The sweet pea is a truly charming flower that is associated with pleasure and it comes in a range of different tones. From blues and purples to pinks, it is an ideal flower to fit in with your colour scheme.

© Humphrey & Grace


The peony represents ambition and determination which complements any motivated couple for their big day. They work perfectly as a stand-alone bouquet.

© Sarah Culver Photography


Freesias conjure up feelings of innocence and is an ideal addition to any table. They come in all colours so can be adapted to suit your needs.

© Flowerona


The daisy represents sharing your feelings which is ideal for a day as special as your wedding day. Although daisies will not suit every theme, for bright weddings they are a great addition as a button hole, hair decoration, or table decor.

© Annemarie King

© Cecelina Photography

So now you’ve got your flowers sorted, it’s time to choose those all-important colours. Make sure you read Choosing The Right Colour Scheme For A Pentney Abbey Wedding for plenty of inspiration!

If you have any questions about the venue or would like to come and have a look around, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

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