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How to Choose The Perfect Flowers for your French Chateau Wedding

When we think of France, we can’t help but think of its delicious wine, mouth watering pastries, and incredible art. But also, the vibrant and diverse world of flowers! As you start planning your dream wedding at your own French chateau venue, why not dive into the heart of French traditions and find inspiration in the local flowers and seasonal blooms that are cherished here in France?

Let’s explore some of France’s most beloved wedding flowers.

Elegance and Significance of Irises: The National Flower

Purple Irises

The vivid purple and yellow irises flourish all across France, particularly in the village of Gordon in the Alps. King Louis 12th recognized the fleur-de-lis, a stylized iris, as the official symbol of France. Incorporate irises into your wedding bouquets or arrangements to honor the country’s history and add a touch of royalty to your special day. The iris butter, derived from this exquisite flower, can also be used as a foundation for unique and luxurious perfumes.

The Symbolic Lilies of the Valley: Perfect for a Spring Time Wedding

Lilies of the Valley

In France, May 1st is celebrated by venturing into the countryside to gather delicate bunches of lilies of the valley. These charming bell-like blossoms exude a fresh scent, perfect for symbolizing the renewal of your home for spring and your life together as a couple. Embrace the tradition and allow the sweet fragrance of lilies of the valley to infuse your wedding celebration with a sense of rejuvenation.

Unity in White: The Classic Wedding Flowers

White Lily

Influenced by English tradition, French weddings often feature white flowers, symbolising purity and unity. Lilies and white roses are particularly favoured in wedding bouquets. However, some brides opt for coloured bouquets that represent their hopes and desires. For example, orange blossoms signify wealth and fertility, red tulips express true love, and lilies of the valley represent happiness renewed.

Flowers of Unity: A Symbol of Love and Togetherness


Throughout history, flowers have been used to convey various symbols, especially those of unity and love between individuals. Some popular choices include:

  • Allium Flowers: These elegant flowers, also known as ornamental onions, are often exchanged between married couples as a symbol of unity.
  • Lilies: In Chinese tradition, lilies are given as wedding gifts, symbolizing long-lasting love and unity between friends.
  • Red and White Roses: The combination of red and white roses signifies a pledge of unity for life, making them a popular choice for engagement or marriage bouquets.

A Touch of Blue

Blue and White Hydrangea

Blue flowers, known to symbolise trust and unity, can be a beautiful addition to your wedding arrangements. Flowers such as hyacinth, hydrangea, sweet pea, hibiscus, and morning glory can yield stunning blue blossoms, adding an extra layer of meaning to your special day.

A Fragrant Beauty: The Rosemary Bush

Not only visually appealing but also useful, the rosemary bush emits a strong fragrance when touched. Its essence is often used in perfumes, making it a charming addition to your wedding ambiance.

Celebrate with Lavender: The Essence of Provence

Bridal Bouquet with lavender sprigs

Lavender fields in southeastern France are not just picturesque but also symbolise the spirit of various French towns. With uses ranging from perfumery to culinary delights, lavender brings both beauty and charm to your wedding celebration.

The Graceful French Tulip: A Symbol of Elegance

Bridal Bouquet with White Tulips and Red Roses

The French tulip, known for its longer stems and bobbing heads, exudes elegance and sophistication. While it may be pricier, incorporating these striking blooms into your arrangements can elevate your wedding decor to a whole new level.

As you plan your dream wedding at our chateau, we are dedicated to making every detail perfect. That’s why we closely work with all of our suppliers, including the talented floral arrangers, to ensure that your wedding is a true reflection of your love and style. From the initial consultation to the final arrangements, we will be there every step of the way to bring your vision to life. 

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