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4 Classic flowers for stunning bridal bouquets

Wedding Bouquet

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Amélie Hillairet - published on 09/13/17

Peonies, roses, tulips … these flowers will never disappoint.

Since ancient times, brides have held flowers at their wedding ceremony. Though the composition of bouquets has evolved, the tradition has remained constant. Whether at city hall or in a church, very few brides omit flowers from their celebration. As an integral part of bridal attire, the flowers that compose the bride’s bouquet often reflect her personality and the theme of the event. Which flowers should we choose for a simple and beautiful bouquet?

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Though each bouquet is personal, certain flowers are favored for weddings because of their significance, their beauty, their color, or bride’s preference. Aude Anglaret, a florist near Paris, has given us a list of the four flowers most often chosen by brides.


Rose Bouquet

According to Aude, who owns the Aude Rose boutique in Suresnes, “roses are definitely the most popular flowers in bridal bouquets. I rarely make bouquets without roses.” Arrangements are customized to the taste and personality of the bride, but the rose remains the grande dame of bridal bouquets. A symbol of pure love, it is the perfect flower for a wedding. If the bouquet contains fewer than 10 roses, it is customary to use an odd number of blooms. Red roses, the symbol of passionate love, are often featured in bridal bouquets. Other choices include white, pink, or more rarely, orange roses.


Peony Bouquet

“In second place, after the rose, we find the peony, a very romantic, soft, and feminine flower,” explains Aude. A bouquet of peonies symbolizes feminine beauty. Pink peonies evoke romance, while white peonies are slightly subtler. Available only in the months of May and June, they foretell a happy marriage.

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Hortensia Bouquet

Though less frequently chosen than roses and peonies, “hydrangeas are becoming ever more popular,” says Aude. Hydrangeas are available in many beautiful hues, including red, violet, blue, and green. Some are even two-toned. Round and soft, this delicate flower evokes love, harmony, and peace. In the language of flowers, it is synonymous with abundant feeling — ideal for a wedding!


Bouquet Flowers

Adding summer carnations will give your bouquet lovely texture and color. This robust and sweetly perfumed flower symbolizes love and fidelity. Choose red carnations to represent passionate love or white for purity.


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This article was originally published on the French edition of Aleteia, and has been translated and/or adapted here for English-speaking readers.

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