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From the bridal bouquet to elaborate floral arrangements, flowers can really steal the scene at weddings. Flowers at weddings are an age-old tradition – albeit one that hasn’t stayed exactly the same...Way back in the 15th century, brides still carried bouquets, but as a way to mask their often overpowering body odour! And in older customs still, superstitious brides would carry bunches of pungent herbs like garlic and chives to ward off evil spirits. It seems weddings were a much smellier affair in days of old!

Nowadays, happy couples are thankfully far more likely to select fragrant flowers like roses, tulips, peonies and gardenias for their special day. It’s a big business, with costs per wedding often reaching over £1700 for flowers alone, and experts recommending that 10% of a wedding budget should be dedicated to the expense. It’s not just the bridal bouquet – decorative flowers for the ceremony and reception, as well as flowers for hair, boutonnieres and corsages are all commonplace today.

But fresh flowers can do more than just beautify your wedding. The art of floriography can be used to select your blooms and communicate a more personalised and meaningful message. Floriography is more commonly called ‘The Language of Flowers’ and is a means of communicating cryptic meaning through the arrangement of flowers. Each species of flower has its own symbolic meaning, which could be anything from ‘longing and desire’ to ‘utmost respect’ or ‘the return of happiness’. The right combination of flowers can therefore add hidden symbolic meaning to your wedding day, and represent the full extent of your love and affection for each other!

We’ve put together this infographic to show you some of our favourite wedding flowers, and their secret meanings so that you can pick the perfect selection for your big day...