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.
Purchase synthetic flowers instead of the natural ones. Synthetic flowers may cost a bit more when you buy them in bulk, but they could save your money as they last longer than the natural ones. Here is how it will be worthy to buy the synthetic ones; when you buy the natural flowers for flower girls, bridesmaids, as well as for yourself, they tend to whither rather quickly, more so in case of indoor weddings. As a result, you may end up buying more fresh flowers. One more advantage of buying synthetic flowers is, you can chose any petal color, any bloom shape as per your preferences and thus giving you more freedom in planning the decoration at your wedding.