MEANINGS & USES _ The exact origin of the name Aster is debated. Some say the name for these beautiful flowers is direct from Greek mythology: Asters were said to have grown from the tears of the Goddess Asterea. Others say they were named for their abundant growing patterns (like the night sky) and their star_like shape. Asters have long been given to symbolize love, daintiness and afterthought. Gentlemen and ladies in the past used to present them to people they hoped to draw affection from. Placed on the graves of French soldiers, Asters were used as a symbol of a better life to come. They can also be used to symbolize a 20th Wedding Anniversary and are a wonderful gift in a bouquet for any occasion. The petals of the Aster used to be smoked to ward off evil serpents, but could also be used to help with headaches, colds, back pain and muscle spasms.
There are many flowers that are popularly used for the wedding like the orchids, lilies, rubrim, daisies, carnations, freesia, violets, straw, lilac and iris. If you are confused about choosing the flowers for the wedding, you can ask the opinion of the experts _ the florists, since they would be able to guide you better. Usually the bridal bouquet consists of either white or cream flowers such as the stephanotis, orchids, roses, lilies, gardenias, carnations or sweet peaks but if you want to get bouquet complementing your gown, you can ask your florist to do so.