The Meaning Behind Funeral Flowers

The Meaning Behind Funeral Flowers

The Meaning Behind 8 Different Types Of Popular Funeral Flowers

This article on funeral planning is provided by Everplans — The web's leading resource for planning and organizing your life. 

When choosing flowers, the arrangement you pick should tell the same story as the relationship you had with the person. Was the deceased the love of your life? A close or distant family member? A dear friend? Here’s some tips to help you make the right floral decision.


This is often considered the go-to funeral flower and there’s significant meaning behind this strongly aromatic blossom. Lilies suggest that the soul of the deceased has returned to a peaceful state of innocence. Christians think this flower symbolizes purity, virginity, and the radiance of the soul. 

Peace Lily Plant

Similar to the flower, the peace lily plant symbolizes innocence and rebirth of the departed’s soul from the complex physical world to a greater place.


Just like lilies, roses are a very common and appropriate funeral flower, and each color rose has a slightly different connotation. White roses are the ultimate symbol of spirituality, purity, and innocence. At a funeral, the classic deep red rose evokes love and grief. The yellow rose is often given by friends to show their bond. The rarer dark pink roses are used to express thankfulness to the deceased.


No matter what color, orchids have a universal meaning: “I will always love you.”


Unlike other flowers, the meaning behind chrysanthemums varies globally. In America and Europe, the meanings focus on sympathy and honor. The color plays a role in the meaning as well. Red symbolizes love, while white symbolizes innocence. In Asia, chrysanthemums symbolize rebirth and are more often given at baby showers than funerals.


Carnations are often used in funeral wreaths and standing sprays. As with other flowers, each of the colors has its own meaning. The red shows affection and the white tends to symbolize innocence. 


These are mostly added into an arrangement of assorted flowers. There are a variety of thoughts behind the meaning, ranging from “you’re included in my prayers” to deep anguish.


The meaning behind this flower is not as well-known as the others, but many believe it symbolizes true heartfelt emotions.

Floral Wedding Traditions

Floral Wedding Traditions

It’s easy to take for granted the wedding traditions we know so well, such as the first dance or tossing the bouquet. But our wedding ceremonies, rituals, and festivities vary greatly from culture to culture, including how we incorporate blooms & botanicals. Today we take a look at some floral wedding traditions from around the world, from competitive garland-giving to double bridal bouquets.


We’ve all seen movies where the bride & groom clank away in their decked out wedding car, but in Italy it’s often a reality for the couple to make their first exit as man and wife in a car covered in fresh blooms.  As they drive off to wedded bliss, passersby will honk and shout “Auguri!” to wish the new couple a long and joyous marriage.



Thai floral garlands, called malai song chai, are often worn by both the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony.  Dating back over 200 years to the reign of King Rama V, who declared garland-making a required skill for the women of the royal court, these garlands range from simple to highly complex.  Jasmine is most often used as the core flower, giving the garlands a lovely, strong scent.



In Sweden, the flower girl will carry a bouquet of herbs believed to ward off evil spirits, while the groom carries a sprig of thyme in his pocket for good luck.  Another fun fact about Swedish weddings – the bride and groom walk down the aisle together, as they look down on the bride being “given away” by her father and owned by another man.



Jaimala literally translates to “victory garland,”  as they were originally used to decorate men returning from battle. Traditionally, the bride places the garland around the groom’s neck as a way of accepting his proposal.  The groom returns the gift with another garland called the mangal sutra. At some ceremonies, each person tries to get their garland over their partner’s head first, with friends and family slyly trying to give advantage to their relation.  Some say the last to be garlanded will be the dominant member of the marriage.  In Northern India, red and whites roses are typical, whereas in the South, marigold and bright orange are the traditional colors of choice.



In traditional Mexican weddings, the bride will sometimes carry two bouquets – one for herself, and one to honor the Virgin Mary, which will be left as an offering in the church after the ceremony.  The bride’s madrina de ramo is a girl chosen to carry her second bouquet prior to the ceremony.

Bride and Blossom

Why Do Brides Carry Bouquets?

Why Do Brides Carry Bouquets?

Why does the bride carry a bouquet?

The origin of this tradition is a little blurred…. One of the reasons that brides carried bouquets was born out of the ‘necessity’ of covering odor, trying to smell pretty on that special day.  Ever take a tour in one of the older cities in Europe, let’s say Edinburgh for example?  It was a very odiferous lifestyle way back then!  In the 1600’s and for a very long time afterwards, people bathed extremely infrequently.

According to the Huffington Post, during the 15th century, people took their yearly baths in May and would generally get married in June. Just to be safe, brides carried bouquets to mask the smell of body odor.  You will find this reason repeatedly if you research the tradition behind the bride carrying a bouquet. Another old and popular custom for carrying a bouquet, was to ward of evil spirits.  Usually these bouquets were made from very pungent herbs, spices and yes, garlic could be involved.  I am thinking that you could kill two birds with one stone with a garlic bouquet; evil spirits and evil odor could be knocked out with one bouquet! Oh the old days!  Sometimes the spices/flowers that were included in the bouquet, for example; dill and marigolds (edible) were added and subsequently served up at the wedding feast to promote lust.  So think about the fun that you can have with your bouquet!

I will paraphrase what I recently read in “Herlife” Magazine with regard to the tradition.  “In ancient times, a bride was considered especially lucky on her wedding day.  So, guest were compelled to tear off parts of her dress to obtain a good luck talisman for themselves!  Not all brides cared for this activity, as it seamed unpleasant to have their clothing ripped from her bit by bit, compliments of the guests.  So it evolved, that the bride outsmart her guest by giving an offering of herself; enabling a guest to obtain a lucky talisman and allowing herself to keep her clothing intact: she starting throwing her garter and bouquet in lieu of pieces of her dress.”

Somewhere around the 1700’s brides started carrying pretty bouquets, because:  bouquets are pretty!  and, this tradition is still in style today.  bouquets bring beauty, elegance, a touch of the color scheme, and a bit of the old custom to your day.  There are many florist to shop for your flowers, if you are looking for a good florist here in the Evergreen, CO area, check out Stems,  I simply must mention them here, because I have seen some really creative, elegant, and impressive flowers at some of the weddings that we have photographed, all compliments of this designer.   But, I digress.  So, bouquets:  they also may be used to express yourself through the flowers themselves.  Roses represent everlasting love, lilac is for first love, Stephanotis is good luck, ivy says fidelity and on and on.  You can really add some beauty and say a lot about yourself with a bouquet.

This custom seems to have evolved quite a bit from its origin, but todays tradition for the bouquet: added beauty and personal expression.


Thank you Camara for this interesting read!

Symbolic Meanings of Wedding Flowers

Symbolic Meanings of Wedding Flowers

Did you know that magnolia means love of nature and stephanotis signifies marital happiness? During the Victorian era, The Language of Flowers created an ultra-romantic language for lovers' correspondence in which flowers replaced words. If you want to suffuse your wedding flowers with symbolism, check out our guide to the most popular wedding flowers and decide which messages move you most. Happy gathering!




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Bouquets and arrangements

Baby's Breath



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Filler in bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres

Calla Lily


Magnificent beauty

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Bouquets and arrangements



Pink represents boldness, red symbolizes love, and white indicates talent. Some other colors have negative connotations (see below).

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Bouquets, boutonnieres, and arrangements



Wealth, abundance, truth

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Bouquets and arrangements



Share your feelings

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Purity, joy

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Bouquets and boutonnieres


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