The secret meaning of flowers

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The beautiful Saffron flower

As our expert Coby Neal showed us, flower arrangements say a lot about a bride’s special day. We’ve always been curious about what different flowers signify and thanks to the 1891 edition of “Manners, Culture, and Dress,” we can provide some insight on this very subject!

Let our curated list help you find the best flowers to communicate your exact sentiments on the day. As the book says, “flowers are the smiles of nature, and earth would seem a desert without them.” (Wells 441)

The secret meaning of flowers

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Cake with Cabbage Roses


Ambassador of love | Cabbage rose
Confession of love | Moss rose-bud
Happy love | Bridal rose
Union | Lancaster rose
Unity | Red and white roses, arranged together


Woman’s love | Pink carnation


Purity | White lilac
The first emotion of love | Purple lilac


You occupy my thoughts | Pansy or purple violet
Faithfulness | Blue violet

Image from the Boston Public Library

Study of purple lilacs

Other amazing flowers to incorporate into your bouquet or altar arrangements

Adoration | Dwarf sunflower
Beauty | Colorful daisy
Constancy | Bluebell
Devoted love | Wild Honeysuckle
Delicate beauty | Hibiscus
Declaration of love | Yellow tulip
Eloquence | Lotus
Fidelity in love | Lemon blossom
Fidelity | Veronica
Declaration of love | Red chrysanthemums
Marriage | Saffron
Virtue | Mint
Your purity equals your loveliness | Orange blossom

Cause A Frockus would like to thank our tremendous resources: “Manners, Culture, and Dress” by Richard A. Wells, A.M. and the people who post their images without restriction.

For our readers: Are you surprised by this list? Tell us why in the comments!

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