In Full Bloom
Flowers are an important aspect of Indian weddings. From garlands to decor – learn about the significance of the different types of flowers used for Indian weddings.
Luther Burbank once said, “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” Keeping those immortal words in mind, it’s unsurprising that flowers are an integral part of any Indian ceremony. From weddings to funerals, these beautiful blooms are a treasured part of the decor and the rituals.
At desi weddings, flowers are utilised in at every turn. From the thick garlands the bride and groom exchange to the blooms that are used to decorate the mandap – there’s a distinctly floral theme to any Indian wedding, regardless of religion and community.
Here are some of the flowers that are most commonly used in Indian weddings and the significance behind each of them:
Affectionately referred to as ‘Mallipoo’, these tiny, fragrant blossoms are considered good luck, and wearing them denotes future success and prosperity. Economic and easy to obtain, brides often braid them into their hair for the ceremony.
These star-like flowers are white, one of the most popular colours for wedding posies. Commonly known as ‘Rajanigandha’, they are used in decor and are in high demand during wedding season. Plus point: these lovely floral additions signify pleasure and happiness.
These ruffled blossoms are just the kind of flowers that are used for Indian wedding decorations – versatile, colorful and economically priced. Additionally, these gorgeous buds hold a lot of meaning for prospective grooms and brides – they signify lifelong optimism and joy.
Sometimes a burst of colour is required to add a vibrant touch to your wedding decor. Delphiniums or Larkspur are perfect for the occasion. These Violet flowers are distinctive and delicate, lending a charming air to any venue. Though these flowers initially were only used in Western weddings, they have become more popular with Indians. Delphiniums are used to denote an open and caring heart – an open armed floral welcome of sorts.
These dainty flowers are often used as decor elements because they’re inexpensive and their shelf life is longer than the average bloom. They are fragrant but not overpowering, making them great additions to Indian wedding flower garlands and for other ornamental uses.
Looking for a bright and cheerful complement to your wedding decor? Gerbera daisies might be what you’re looking for. Perfect for a more casual ceremony, these flowers can be found in multiple shades and can inject some rustic charm into your setup. Even better, these cheery flowers are a great way to symbolize innocent love and loyalty.
Where Are Flowers Used In Indian Weddings?
Good question. The answer is everywhere! In Punjabi weddings, the bride walks toward the mandap under a sheet crafted out of flowers, which is held by her brothers. Sindhi brides partake in a ceremony called ‘Sagri’, where they are adorned with jewellery and ornaments that are made out of flowers. Christian brides have, from time immemorial, carried bouquets down the aisle. South Indian brides have always woven blossoms in their hair and exchanged garlands with their spouses.
Over time, wedding decor repertoires have expanded and more global flowers have been included in desi wedding decor. From Orchids to Roses, these foreign blooms have been integrated into time honoured traditions and are now part and parcel of the Indian wedding experience.
Though beautiful flowers are an essential part of the experience, they acquire meaning from traditions and symbolism. Give your love story the rich backdrop it deserves with blossoms that tell their own tale.