Flowers carry a language of their own. They have been used to express feelings, send messages, comfort and cheer. In Victorian times flowers were given specific meanings and used to communicate through their symbolisms. So why not let the language of flowers speak at your wedding in voices that echo louder than bouquets and centerpieces.
Next to your guest book have a vase filled with an assortment of beautiful flowers. Each flower tagged with their symbolism.
Rose - Love, love completely, Gardenia - Grace - Be graceful and forgive others freely. Iris - Faith, believe in eachother. Lilac - Youth, stay young at heart. Aster- Patience, be patient with one another. Sunflower- adoration and dedication, adore your partner be dedicated to your love. Sweet Pea indicates delicate pleasure and bliss - remember to have fun.
(these are just a few examples)
As the guests sign the book upon their arrival they are to take a flower. During the ceremony the officiant begins to talk of the flowers and their meanings. These flowers and their symbols stand for things such as love, grace patience, joy, beauty, forgiveness, remembrance, dedication, devotion - symbols that also make up a marriage. The guests are then asked to come forth and lay their flowers at the feet of the couple, creating a circle of flowers in which the couple is to stand in. One by one - aisle by aisle - the circle of flowers and symbolisms are made. It is within this circle that the couple will speak their vows and exchange their rings and seal their marriage with a kiss.