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When it comes to decorating your wedding, you'll likely go with your gut and personal taste. But what you may not realize is that certain flowers and colors hold special meanings, and it may be fun to think a little bit deeper about that before going for orchids just because you think they're pretty (not that there's anything wrong with that!). To help you out, we present you some popular flowers and colors — decoded.
The Victorian and Edwardian era were full of hidden meanings and subtext, and this was often conveyed through flowers and color. You may not realize that the popular bloom amemone means expectation while ivy stands for fidelity, orchid rare beauty, and lily majesty. You may have guessed, though, that roses symbolized love (shocker, we know), and that peonies, the perennial wedding favorite, stands for bashfulness. A couple of other floral meanings we enjoy? Queen Anne's Lace indicates trust, calla lily's also denote beauty, and freesia's are often read for innocence.
The hidden meaning behind colors are a little less surprising. For example, red and fuscia is the tried-and-true color of love in China and India (why do you think Valentine's Day and hearts are often represented with these hues?). According to ancient Greece, purple is the color of the soul, while blue and gold often represent power, rank and dignity. Blue, as you could imagine, is the color that most often represents a wedding in Western culture, while green is the color dedicated to fertility in ancient times. Now, green has been popularized by the Irish as the color of luck!