10 Flowers That Speak The Language Of Love

Your bridal bouquet is talking.

Let Beneva Weddings explain. Floriography, the study of the language of flowers, has been around since Victorian times, when full-blown expressions of love weren’t the convention. Lovers communicated their feelings and intentions instead through flowers, creating small bouquets that spoke volumes—symbolically. A romantic pursuit might have to refer to her flower dictionary (a common reference in the Victorian library) in order to interpret the message being sent. There, she would learn that cumin signifies fidelity, dandelion faithfulness, and ivy, wedded love. If a lover received a spider flower, it was an invitation to elope; if a gardenia revealed itself, it indicated secret love. Colors matter in this lexicon, too. Offer someone a blue hyacinth, and you’re promising constancy, but give them a yellow one and you’re telling them you’re jealous.

We still build meaningful flowers into our bridal bouquets today. In fact, some of the most popular wedding blooms are also the most symbolic. Refer to our modern-day floral dictionary below to find out what yours are saying.


The Peony

This newly popular flower is not only the favorite of Meghan Markle (and featured prominently in the royal wedding), but also symbolizes romance, a happy life and a blissful marriage. Add a blushing pink peony to the mix to connote bashfulness.

The Rose

Most of us already know what the red, red rose stands for: ardor, passion, undying love. But each color has its own meaning, with yellow roses symbolizing friendship and white ones hope. Red roses are magnificent in a fall or winter bouquet, and are actually called the “lovers rose.”

The Orchid

Weave one of these exotic beauties into your bouquet and you’re suggesting refinement, love, luxury, beauty and strength. The orchid is also the Chinese symbol for many children.

The Daffodil

With a blossom as graceful and lighthearted as this one, its meaning may come as a surprise. Daffodils symbolize unparalleled love, as well as chivalry, good luck and new beginnings. This is the 10th wedding anniversary flower.

The Violet

This exquisite stunner is emblematic of faithfulness as well as faith, affection, intuition and love. If you add a violet or two to your bouquet, you are conveying your trustworthiness or acknowledging your partner’s.


Along with making your bouquet smell enchanting, these slim stalks with their tiny purple buds stand for devotion.


The little white buds that bloom from this shrub look like stars. Myrtle symbolizes love, which is why it so often appears in bridal bouquets across the pond.

Bells of Ireland

Add both a hint of green and a dose of good luck by tucking charming Bells of Ireland into your bouquet.

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