Blue in itself holds a lot of symbolism and meaning, something that transcends race and culture. For instance, the color blue is significant to the Christian and Jewish faith, and one can see this color figure prominently in many of these religions rituals and belief. For Christians, blue symbolizes the night sky’s color before the return of daylight.
It represents heaven and truth, and it is currently used in many religious images. In fact, it is beginning to gain a wide acceptance as a color for Advent, as a replacement for the more tradition purple (which, on the other hand, means joy and love).
The Jews believe blue is the color of heaven as well. One proof: The color blue should be present in their prayer shawls, as this represents that they are closer to heaven with this color on them.
These examples are important because they reflect the generally accepted meaning that the blue flower symbolizes. A symbol or metaphor that became the trademark or the key figure of Romanticism during the 18th century, the blue flower was used then to symbolize love and desire.
However, ultimately, it was also used to symbolize something that is to be attained, that sense of longing and reaching for the infinite. This resonates with the meaning of the color blue in Christianity and Judaism.
After all, what is more unattainable than heaven? Both religions believe in the concept of the afterlife. In a way, the blue flower symbolizes heaven on Earth, the thing that people long for beyond heaven.
This concept or symbol began in the Heinrich von Ofterdingen novel by Novalis, Here, the title character saw the blue flower in a dream, after which it was used to symbolize the woman he loved only from afar.
For some like Heinrich von Ofterdingen, nothing is more attainable than an unattainable love. In fact, heaven might even be a more possible option for him. This love is his blue flower, as was heaven is for Christians and Jews, for instance.
The symbolism does not only exist in the Western literature. In the Sanskrit epic Ramayana, the Blue Waterlily became an integral part of the story. The epic’s hero, Rama, wanted to get the blessing of Devi Durga, who he heard will be pleased only if he offered 100 blue flowers.
He managed to find 99 of these flowers, but failed to get the last one needed for the offering. So when he met Durga, Rama offered his eyes instead since looked like a blue lotus.
Durga was pleased and decided to bless him. This part of the epic also establishes the idea that the blue flower is a symbol for the search and longing for the infinite, for even Rama was not able to complete the task. Yet, it is also a symbol of love and hope.
The blue flower still exists as a symbol for this even in current literature and popular culture. And while the blue flower, in the literal sense, is no longer as elusive as it was before, the symbol remains the same.
Blue Flower Arrangements
Blue is the color of trust and commitment, and it is generally the most loved one. Most shades make the body create chemicals which calm them down, and thus blue is associated with rest and relaxation.
The color itself is also the one which speaks of freedom, faith and protection. If any of these meanings appeal to you, then creating blue flower arrangements is the perfect treat.
One way to make blue flower arrangements is creating an “S” shape for them, which looks absolutely beautiful. Firstly, you will have to look for a relatively low container (or vase), because one like this will work best.
As for the color, you could try looking for a container that is dark in color, as that will leave the eye resting on the arrangement itself, rather than on what it is situated in.
You will have to create the “S” form by curving one flower’s stem upward, and on the side directly opposite, curving another stem downwards. For this step, it might be a very good idea to use florist wire, as it might be hard to shape them how you want. Don’t forget to secure the florist foam before starting to fix the flowers!
If you are looking for flowers that will do well as focal point, you could go for Clematis, also known as traveler’s joy, or Aquilegia, also known as blue barlow. After this step is finished, you can continue to the next, which is adding the fillers.
Some flowers that will look great as fillers are corn flower, bell flower, Cupid’s dart or Jack frost. When it comes to the flowers creating the S, you could use the Aconitum flowers, which are known under the name of monkshood.
Another way of creating blue flower arrangement is by taking shallow containers, and filling them with water. They should be transparent, so that the flowers will show from different angles.
Otherwise, they will only be visible from the top, but, depending on where you’re placing the arrangement, this might not be a bad thing. Next, look for blue flowers, and pick the ones you like best.
Cut off the stems, so that only the blossom itself shows. If you wish, you can have decorative blue pebbles at the bottom of the container.
Skip this step if it’s not transparent though, because there’s no point in having them if they don’t show. Another great idea is having water lilies in that arrangement (and yes, they come in blue), as that would make it truly beautiful and unique.
Blue flower arrangements are wonderful because they bring with them an oasis of relaxation and calmness, which is typical of the clear, blue skies. Optimism, hope and faith can all be represented through beautiful flowers.
Though blue is the coolest color, its presence does not always imprint coldness in the mind of those surround by it. Rather, it makes them see its shinning beauty, which shines twice as strongly when present in flowers.
Blue Flowers for Weddings
Although the classic wedding flowers such as roses, orchids, carnations, tulips and calla lilies are not naturally available in blue, these flowers still remain a popular choice for weddings, whether we are talking about blue flower bridal bouquets, boutonnieres or centerpieces.
A blue flower bridal bouquet is a perfect addition to a white or cream wedding dress. The most popular choice for a bridal bouquet are Holland dyed blue roses. These flowers are actually white roses which have been grown in blue dye.
Even if you might consider it a challenge to find the appropriate flowers for your wedding, it will definitely worth the effort. Blue will add a touch of royalty and distinction that will make that special day an unforgettable one.
Think about it, what could be a more perfect adornment in a wedding than blue flowers?
Indeed, blue flowers are among the more popular choices among brides. This is really surprising, come to think of it. Blue can easily be patterned with any other popular flower color.
Blue and white, for one, can make a great combination that can surely turn any wedding venue into something immaculate and stunning. Of course, blue flowers also make for great wedding bouquets.
Blue isn’t exactly what you would call a unique color for a flower, especially in a wedding, but they remain ephemerally beautiful anyway. Hydrangea, for instance, is one of the more popular choices for blue flowers.
It may because this blue flower has earned instant fame, so to speak, because of its prominence in the earlier seasons of the television show Desperate Housewives or simply because it is a lovely flower. Just the same, this blue flower remains common yet quite loved.
Hydrangeas are available in two arrangements: round and large (often called the mophead) and flat and round (called the lacetop). Actually, hydrangea isn’t really exactly blue; its actual shade is more light and dark purple than blue.
Still, it has that tinge of blue that makes it a perfect blue flower for weddings. Hydrangeas are abundant from June to August, so this blue flower should be cheap around this time of the year.
The Forget-me-not, which is officially named the Myosotis, is also a popular blue flower. Just like the Hydrangea, the Forget-me-not is somewhat small, so it is better to use this flower along with other bigger flowers to add texture to the flower formation.
It also works well with the Star of Bethlehem, specifically the white ones. Again, like the Hydrangea, the Forget-me-not is very common, although that doesn’t really change the fact that it looks amazing, especially when it is combined with other flowers.
Yet another filler is the Sea Holly. Still, despite that, it pretty much works on its own just the same. Its beauty is unlike any other, especially when you combine it with flowers such as the buttonhole or the boutonniere.
However, those looking for your typical flower type may be disappointed since it isn’t too “flowery.” But just the same, this makes for a great wedding flower if you are looking for something simple and less elaborate.
Also, this might make for a great flower for the groom too, since it doesn’t have that feminine feel of flowers that may seem too elaborate. On the other hand, the Delphiniums work great alone when it is used prominently and with great volume.
Their color range is also quite wide—from sky blue to dark blue—so it works better than the other supposed blue flowers that are actually just purple in reality. In any case, these blue flowers work wonderfully with weddings.
They have that pure and ephemeral feeling that cannot be matched by any other flower. After all, blue is the symbol of hope and longing. It is obviously appropriate for a wedding.