The Language of Flowers by Tara Randel

In The Bridal Bouquet, I researched the meanings of different flowers to incorporate them into the story. One of the main goals of my heroine, Kady, is to establish her family’s floral shop in the wedding industry. There are so many occasions that go hand-and-hand with weddings; the engagement party, showers, the ceremony, the reception, and future anniversaries. This leaves so many new creations for a florist with a vivid imagination.

Because of her love for flowers, Kady is convinced that discovering the personalities of her bride and groom is the important first step. Some brides know right away what their floral theme will be, but for others, Kady quizzes the couple to help with the final decision. What is their outlook on love, romance and marriage? Do certain colors have an emotional response for the couple? Upon gathering all the information, Kady then picks the perfect flowers to personalize the special day.


Here are the meanings of some of the most popular flowers.

Lily of the Valley– happiness

Calla lily– beauty

Gardenia- joy

Orchid– love

Lilac– first signs of love

Peony-happy life

Stephanotis– happiness in marriage

Carnation– friendship

Many brides know the exact flowers they want for their special day, others need a little help deciding. A professional florist, like Kady, work with brides to make their dreams come true.

In the opening scene of The Bridal Bouquet, Kady created exactly what the bride requested for her ceremony; all white flowers to go with her white gown complemented by a red sash. The flower arrangements included gardenias, snow-white dahlias and white larkspur.

In order for Kady to know which flowers will suit her bride, along with colors, blooms and theme, she chooses from the top choices of wedding flowers. Here are a few Kady loves.

Rose. No other flower is as popular for weddings. With a wide range of sizes and colors available, roses are symbolic of love and passion, making it doubly popular for weddings.

Tulips, a beautiful spring bloom that is easily cultivated, sophisticated and a sweet choice for weddings. Tulips symbolize happiness and also come in a range of colors and styles, giving brides many options for their floral choices.

Hydrangea. These full, bushy blooms are an economical and fun choice for wedding flowers. Available in green, pink, white, burgundy, and blue shades, they are a great option for full bouquets or filler flowers.

Orchids add a touch of the exotic. They are a lovely wedding flower that can add a colorful, tropical touch to any bouquet or floral arrangement.

Stephanotis. A staple of flower choices. A star shaped flower that adds a glamorous touch to any wedding bouquet or as filler for larger arrangements.

Daisy, a sweet statement alone or gathered together, perfect for a casual garden wedding in the spring or summer. These are affordable, easy to find flowers with a wide range of colors and sizes to choose from.

Gardenia, delicate blooms with a rich scent, attractive without being overpowering. The soft curves of the petals make them a wedding favorite.

 Peonies are large, full blooms. Elegant and a bit more expensive than other wedding flowers, they also have a strong fragrance that is sweet and alluring.

Incorporating one type of flower or a mixture of many will give the bride choices for her wedding vision. Kady knows that the more options she can offer, the more a bride will get exactly what she’s requested to make a statement on her special day.

Check out The Bridal Bouquet to find out which flowers Kady uses in her bouquet entry for the competition during the annual floral convention featured in the book.



B & N


Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA TODAY bestselling author of twelve novels. She is currently working on new stories for Harlequin Heartwarming, The Business of Weddings series, as well as books in a new series, Amish Inn Mysteries. Visit Tara at Like her on Facebook at Tara Randel Books

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