While no two people born under the same zodiac sign are exactly alike, the sun signs are said to endow people with certain overarching personality qualities. If you always turn to the horoscope section of the newspaper and identify with your sign, you can incorporate meaningful astrological themes into your wedding, especially when it comes to flowers and colors.
Here’s an idea for a star-fated bouquet: a combination of flowers in the color of your sign, those that have meanings associated with your sign’s characteristics and those that denote your birth month. A bride could combine these with flowers for the groom’s sign for a truly personal theme. You can carry this theme into floral décor for your reception, too. You’re sure to come up with some interesting and eye-catching floral arrangements. Make sure you consult with a florist for the perfect combination.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Aries the ram is the spontaneous leader who incites friends to fun and mischief. Exuberance and energy drive Aries. Mars is Aries’ planetary ruler; the traditional color for Aries is red. If you were born in March, the daffodil and jonquil are your birth month flowers, and for April they’re the daisy and sweet pea. If you want a flower that means “desire and enthusiasm,” try the orange rose. It’s a bit of an unexpected rose color, too – Aries should appreciate that unique touch.
Taurus (April 20-May 21)
Determined and committed: those two words describe Taurus the bull. Taurus’ color is green, and ivy means long-lasting, so enhance your bouquet or décor with this pretty vine as an accent. Since Venus is Taurus’ planetary ruler, and signifies love, make the classic red rose the focus of your flowers. Consider April’s daisy and sweet pea, as well as May’s lily of the valley and hawthorn.
Gemini (May 22-June 21)
The sign of the twins confers an ability to see both sides of an issue. Mercury, symbolizing the messenger, rules Gemini, and orange is Gemini’s color. In addition to the lily of the valley and hawthorn of May, like Aries, you could make the orange rose your own because the rose is June’s flower, along with the honeysuckle. The iris is not only beautiful and sweet smelling, but it also symbolizes a message – the perfect flower for Gemini.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
Cancer the crab’s intuition is so good that it can be a bit scary sometimes. Luckily Cancers have compassion, so they use their powers for good. Ruled by the moon, the sign’s color is violet, and the violet flower looks lovely in a bouquet. In addition to the June flowers of rose and honeysuckle, the July flowers of larkspur and water lily would be a great addition to the wedding of a Cancer.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
“I am Leo, hear me roar!” It’s no surprise that the sun-ruled, regal lion’s color is yellow. Sunflowers are perfect for Leo weddings, though you would likely want them for décor rather than to carry down the aisle. You can also use July’s larkspur and water lily, as well as the gladiolus and poppy for the birth month of August. Yellow flowers (except yellow roses because they mean rejection) are a perfect fit for sunny-natured Leo.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Virgo is the one who can remain cool no matter what is thrown at them. The symbol of this sign is the virgin, which refers not to celibacy, but to an independent and pure spirit. Virgo confers traits of honesty and sincerity. Virgo’s color is blue, proven to restore tranquility during stress. Flowers for August and September are gladiolus, poppy, aster and morning glory. Add ferns for an accent, since they are the symbol of sincerity. White roses or lilies can stand for purity. Like Gemini, Virgo is ruled by Mercury the messenger, which makes iris a good choice as well.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
Love of beauty and balance typify the peaceful and fair-minded Libra, depicted as a woman holding a set of ancient scales to symbolize balance and justice. Black-eyed Susans are great for this sign, since they symbolize justice. If born in September, choose asters and morning glories, and if October, marigold and cosmos. Like Taurus, Libra’s color is green and ruling planet is Venus, so roses and leafy accents work well.
Scorpio (October 23-November 22)
Don’t be fooled by the stinger; Scorpios are passionate and complex individuals who will take a bullet for loved ones. Like Aries, Scorpio’s color is red and planet is Mars. Dark red roses or red tulips, symbolizing passion, are great for Scorpio. October-born Scorpios can use marigold and cosmos. Those born in November, try the chrysanthemum or peony.
Sagittarius (November 23-December 21)
The go-getting archer, seen as a centaur with a bow and arrow, is the optimist of the zodiac, which goes along with the expansive qualities symbolized by their ruling planet, Jupiter. Since the peony is a symbol of hope, and one of November’s flowers (along with the chrysanthemum), it would be a great choice for Sagittarian brides. December’s flowers are the narcissus, holly and poinsettia. The Sagittarian color is violet. The pansy is a good violet-hued flower, as it symbolizes thought. It’s Sagittarians’ ability to think through a situation that enables them to be so successful.
Capricorn (December 22-January 20)
Indigo is the color of Capricorn the goat, denoting depth of insight and character. The wild or false indigo flower would be perfect for a dark blue–themed bouquet. With Saturn the planetary ruler of Capricorn, look for accents that signify wisdom, like sage. If you want to use birth month flowers, December Capricorns can use narcissus, holly and poinsettia whereas those born in January can add carnations and snowdrops to their wedding floral arrangements.
Aquarius (January 21-February 18)
The creative water bearer’s color is violet, and luckily the violet flower is February’s, along with the primrose and iris. If you’re a January Aquarius, use carnations and snowdrops. Uranus is the planetary ruler of Aquarius, symbolizing the weird and the wonderful. Why not try the mystical lotus flower as a centerpiece?
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Indigo is a fitting color to symbolize Pisces’ depths. Any dark blue flower, such as February’s violet or iris, will do, and if you offset the dark blue with the yellow and white March flowers of daffodil and jonquil, you’ll have quite a memorable bouquet or arrangement. Because Neptune is Pisces’ ruler, watery themes work well. Try water lilies as a centerpiece.