An Indian wedding is incomplete without flowers. In our culture, flowers play a significant role in every event. From centrepieces to the mandap (altar), you will find blooming flowers everywhere. On a broader perspective, flowers symbolise wealth, prosperity and happiness. Hence, beautiful flower arrangements are of a lot of importance in Indian weddings.
You must have noticed that in weddings, not all kinds of flowers are used. They are selected meaningfully. How you wondered what these flowers signify?
Marigolds, mostly bright yellow and orange, are traditionally offered to lord Vishnu and goddess Lakshmi. Hence their decorations at the weddings, symbolise auspicious blessings. They also symbolise the sun and are therefore used at the entrance and the holy mandap to create an atmosphere of positivism and radiance.
Jasmine decorations are of utmost importance in South Indian weddings. Their importance is such that the bride also wears these flowers on her hair. Their divine fragrance adds sweetness to the surroundings. Jasmines represent purity and grace. Hence they are used in decorating the sacred area of the wedding venue.
Lilies are used to symbolise trust and are used in several other cultures to celebrate the beginning of new relationships. White lilies are the most popular ones in Indian weddings as decorating the wedding space with them adds immense beauty to the surroundings.
It is common knowledge that red roses celebrate and honour love and auspicious beginnings. But in Indian culture, red is the colour of wealth, luck and health. These flowers represent devotion, the very same which is pledged in weddings. You will find these at most Indian weddings. They are used for decorating the venue as well as the garlands. Their sweet smell adds warmth and vibrancy.
Orchids have been a very recent addition to the Indian weddings. Ideally, orchids symbolise luck and luxury. These are rare flowers (though now easily available). In Indian weddings, orchids are mainly used for decorations. They come in the purple and pink varieties and are not fragrant. But their colourful and welcoming appearance can instantly add a touch of elegance to the venue. Though slightly on the expensive side, these flowers are becoming increasingly popular at weddings.
Daises come in an amazing variety of colours which is why they are the popular choice of wedding decorators and florists. Mostly used for making the most exotic centrepieces, these flowers add the feeling of playfulness, an ingredient of all traditional Indian weddings. They exhibit creativity on the part of the decorator and go with the very spirit of fun at Indian weddings.
Now that you know the significance of flower decorations at Indian weddings, you can pick and choose the most appropriate ones for your wedding. The thumb rule for most wedding florists is that orchids and lilies work best for small scale weddings with less number of people while marigolds and roses are best for larger weddings which will be jostling with people. Happy wedding!