If you’re not having a secular wedding, then you might want to explore flowers associated with your religion. On your wedding day, flowers will be ubiquitous, so why not make sure your wedding reception flowers have an extra special meaning and significance? The following wedding day flowers are associated with religious symbolism and the like.
The white Madonna lily is associated with the Virgin Mary, and has been since the beginning of Christianity, when her tomb was laden with the varietal after her assumption to heaven. Religious figures have said that the white petals were a metaphor for her pure soul and body. The white lily is a common symbol in paintings of the Annunciation and represents the very moment when Angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would be the mother of God’s son.
If you are having a Hindu wedding, then stock up on the flowers, because they tend to play a large role in traditional Hindu weddings. In fact, "puja," which means Hindu worship, is translated as “the flower act.” If you’ve ever been to Bali, you’re well aware of the flowers that are placed on the ground every single morning in worship of the Hindu gods. The most significant flower in the Hindu religion is the lotus, which symbolizes fertility, prosperity, and beauty.
The lotus flower is held in high regard in Buddhism. The lotus is symbolic of the man who’s well rooted in the world because of his experience. It is said that Buddha himself would cause lotus flowers to bloom in the wake of his footsteps.
The following flowers are often used as part of Chinese weddings, including the wedding reception centerpieces: Daffodils, lotus, orchids, and peonies. In Chinese culture, the peony flower symbolizes spring and renewed life.