Generally, calla lily means "magnificent beauty," but Christian tradition has given calla lilies many other meanings. Christian Easter services use the calla lily as a symbol for the Resurrection. The cone-like flowers are said to resemble trumpets heralding victory. Christ's passion on the cross is also symbolized by the calla lily. Painters and sculptors throughout history have included the calla lily with the Virgin Mary, or with the Angel of Annunciation, as a symbol of purity, holiness and faith. Calla lilies also have been used to highlight youth, regeneration, and innocence.
While calla lilies are also available in pink and yellow, white is the color with the most meaning for Christians. White is seen as the color of cleanliness, rectitude, and virginity. Nothing can be concealed behind the purity of white. The brilliance of truth and holiness are represented by a perfect white calla lily. Purity of thought and the eloquence of heavenly bliss are other classic meanings for white calla lilies. Choosing the calla lily flower for a wedding will point up all those same qualities in the bride and groom and reflect their faith and devotion.
Most bouquets of calla lilies use the tall, beautiful stalks as the focal point of the arrangement. You can surround this central flower with smaller flowers, like baby¬?s breath or daisies, to give the calla lily more focus. Teaming up tulips in either white or your wedding color would give your arrangements a more blended style. A single calla lily would be dramatic and symbolic as a bridal bouquet. Placing three perfect lilies in the center of an arrangement could symbolize the Trinity and would be a wonderful altar arrangement or chapel decoration.
Because of the elegance and symmetry of this traditional flower, single blooms could also be placed in crystal vases for reception-table decorations. A bit too large for boutonnieres and corsages, calla lilies could be arranged in bunches at the ends of a longer head table, placed on stands beside doorways, or tied to the church door. For a springtime or Easter wedding, mixing white, yellow, and pink calla lilies would add the soft color of the season to your flower arrangements.
Consider talking with the priest or pastor who will officiate at your ceremony about all the meanings calla lilies may have for your congregation. Florists and other wedding professionals will have lots of suggestions for arrangement styles and flower placements if you choose the calla lily as your wedding flower.
Calla lilies have a deep resonance with Christians and can bring a special level of spirituality and devotion to your wedding. The emotional connection to this flower has been building throughout history and will bring a strong sense of faith and divinity to your ceremony. Calla lilies are the essence of springtime, new growth, and faith. You couldn¬?t ask for better symbols for your wedding.