The custom of flowers at a wedding goes far back into wedding tradition. The bride's bouquet itself is the centerpiece of the wedding florals, evoking the theme and colors that the bride and groom have chosen to accent their special day.
Here are 10 flowers (and greens - we cheated a little!) that you can use to incorporate your faith into this beautiful part of your wedding.
The Lily is one of the most enduring floral symbols in Catholic art. It represents purity, chastity, virginity, and is one of the flowers of Our Lady, being representative of the Immaculate Conception. It is especially associated with the Archangel Gabriel, St. Joseph, and saints who excelled in the virtue of chastity.
Late Spring - Early Summer
The simple daisy is a symbol of the innocence of the Infant Jesus. It is often depicted in Catholic art of adoration .
Since this charming and delicately beautiful plant is found only after much searching in quiet, hidden places, ferns are symbols of humility, sincerity, and earnestness.
Early - mid spring
The Hyacinth is considered to be symbolic of the virtues of prudence, constancy, and zeal for heaven. It is said that the shape of the blooms also references a church’s steeple.
The orchid, possibly because of its beautiful fragrance, represents the blood of Christ flowing in the garden of Gethsemane and Calvary.
The lily of the valley signals the return of spring. For this reason, it is often symbolic of the coming of Christ. Both the fragrance and the simple white flowers symbolize the blessed virgin. Canticles 2:1 'I am the flower of the field, and the lily of the valley.'
The thorny, prickly thistle is a symbol of earthly sorrow and sin, and repentance.
Because of its thorns, is also symbolizes the Passion of Christ, and, in particular, the crowning with thorns.
Besides evoking Christmastime, the evergreen or fir tree is a symbol of Heaven’s elect, who have no earthly desires, and it also represents the virtue of patience.
Ivy is and evergreen plant and represents both death and eternal life. Ivy is a vine, representing Christ, and clings to that which it grows upon, signifying undying affection.
Spring - Autumn
Beautiful, delicate but strong, the rose is rich in Catholic symbolism. The lovely flower nestled among the thorns is symbolic of the promise of paradise amidst the sins of the world. The thorns evoke the passion of Christ, and His crowning of thorns. The rosary gets its name from this flower, and praying the rosary is sometimes depicted as offering Mary a garland of roses. Finally, roses appear in several stories of the Saints, such as the roses presented to Saint Juan Diego by Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the roses which miraculously appeared in the mantle of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.
Are you going to use any of these in your wedding? Did we miss any flowers with special Catholic meanings? Write us below!
- The Something Blue Team
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We absolutely loved doing Day Of coordination for Ella and Robert. They were such a sweet and easy-going couple who were totally focused on the Sacrament of Matrimony! In fact, these two actually met in church.
How They Met
"Robert and I met at church on August 7, 2016, where he was an organist and I was in the choir. I went up to him and introduced myself, and he shyly introduced himself. From there, we began texting and talking on the phone, and we went on our first date in September 2016. We had our first kiss on November 3, 2016."
"The proposal took place in Bloomington, Indiana, near IU, at Leonard Springs Nature Preserve. Robert studied to get his Masters Degree in Sacred Music Performance at IU, and Bloomington was one of our favorite places to go and spend time together. It was “our special place” for the entire time we were dating. Robert had taken me to Leonard Springs before, and we’d discussed how it would be the perfect place to get engaged. On May 30, 2018, Robert drove me down to Bloomington and told me that it was a “very special day,” and I knew something was up. I didn’t say anything, but we both just knew that the other person knew what was going to happen. Robert took me out to lunch and then we drove to Leonard Springs. He took me down beside a beautiful little stream. Even though it had been raining (it was still drizzling a little bit) and the ground was muddy, Robert got down on one knee (he said he was “so nervous”), and showed me the beautiful ring he bought me, and asked me to marry him. I said yes, and we kissed. I remember it was very wet and rainy and we were out in the middle of the woods next to this lovely little stream. He picked out a ring that had diamonds in the shape of a little flower. He said, “I thought this was perfect for you because you love flowers.” It was one of the sweetest and most romantic moments in our relationship. We were both so excited afterwards and drove home to immediately tell my family."
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church on March 2nd, 2019
"For the ceremony, I loved St. Joan of Arc’s beauty and simplicity. It’s a very royal church. I didn’t really want to decorate the church because I wanted it to be familiar to me (I attend Mass there on Sundays) and I also wanted its own loveliness to stand out. The beauty of the church really reflected the glory of God and how He was so happy for us on our special day, I thought. It was so memorable and perfect."
"The reception was perfect, too. I definitely wanted a romantic, soft, and almost rustic style. The colors and textures of the flowers really worked together to accomplish these things, I thought. We used lots of shades of green, which kept it soft and relaxing, and brought some light pink into the mix, that I thought added some pop and another level of softness. Both green and pink are some of the colors of spring, and I wanted my wedding on March 2nd to be strictly a Spring wedding; everyone, by that point, is wanting Spring, and it didn’t feel right to do a Winter wedding. That’s why I chose such springy colors. But I definitely wanted the mood to be romantic and soft and a little rustic, and I think everyone did a remarkable job accomplishing that. I am also of the mindset that “less is more,” and I was thrilled with how the tables weren’t too “busy” at the reception. That’s why I loved the little cake sitting on the head table for the wedding party; it was white with a little bit of texture in the icing and a few greens and flowers surrounding it on the plain, brown cake board. It was simple and classy, and that’s what I like."
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Welch!
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