Giving a newly married couple a plant as a wedding gift can be considered a symbol of their living and growing love, as well as a gift of lasting beauty. Since different plants have different meanings, it is important to research the cultural implications of various plants before deciding which to give the happy couple--and be sure the recipients aren't allergic to it!
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Symbols of Love and Joy
Aster, carnation, chamomile, geranium and orchid are just a sample of plants that represent or symbolise love, according to VictorianBazaar.com. Particularly with carnations and geraniums, different colours symbolise different emotions. Myrtle, a Hebrew emblem of marriage, is joined by orange blossom and peony as a symbol of marriage, and roses and hyacinth both represent joy. Any of these plants would make a sentimental and beautiful gift for the couple.
Symbols of Prosperity and Luck
Aloe, bluebell, camellia and clover are all symbols of luck, while tiger lilies represent prosperity. Maple and almond are two of the many plants that represent money and would also be a good gift for a newly-married, young couple. Aloe is also a handy plant to have because of its healing properties.
Symbols of Friendship and Fidelity
Aster, ivy, lemon blossom and sage are representative of fidelity, while geraniums and ivy both represent friendship. Chrysanthemums and iris also represent friendship. These would make particularly sentimental gifts from long-time friends of the couple.
Symbols of Longevity
Bamboo, chrysanthemum, lavender and maple are all symbols of long life and longevity, with bamboo also acting as a channelling of positive energy. Lavender is also believed to symbolise protection, giving both it and bamboo multiple layers of meaning as gifts of longevity.
Symbols of Fertility
Many plants represent fertility, including banana, carrot, cucumber, daffodil, geranium and lotus. Banana plants also symbolise potency, while carrots symbolise lust and cucumber represents chastity and healing, according to HMK.on.ca. Daffodils, representing love, fertility and luck, are an ideal gift for newlyweds as they symbolise three important elements in a marriage.
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