Image via Australian Desert Elopement Inspiration, Photography by Wolf and Wildflower

If you’ve read Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers, you’ll know there’s a lot more to a flower than its look. This month we are taking a virtual trip around the world and looking for blooms that you can incorporate into your bouquets that you might not have considered before. Maybe there’s a special place that you want to pay tribute to or add a reference to your culture using flowers. Let’s take a look at some of the national flowers around the globe and what each represent.


Popular in many bouquets are different varieties of the rose. The rose is the national flower of Bulgaria and each colour has a different meaning. When visiting Bulgaria you might be presented with a rose which is commonly given to guests as a welcome gift and to show friendship.

Image via Gernetha Anne and Rajeev’s Elegant and Traditional Winter Wedding,  Photography by Lovable Photography

The meaning: The red rose is no surprise to anyone that it is a symbol for love. Pink roses convey grace, orange is for fascination and purple is for enchantment.

Cook Islands

The beautifully scented gardenia (Tiare Maori) is the national flower of the Cook Islands. Whilst it is believed that the gardenia is not actually a native plant to the Cook Islands, the flower itself has strong meaning across the islands. Traditionally, the gardenia is gifted at weddings, graduations, and other large celebrations.

Image via Style Me Pretty, Photography by Natalie Franke

The meaning: The gardenia symbolises refinement, though in Maori culture it might be used to symbolise purity and love both romantically and for the homeland.


The Iris is the national flower of France and is easily recognised by its distinct 3 petals. The Iris is said to have first appeared in a stylised form in the 12th century, when the French king added this display to his
battle shield.

Photography by Daighna Photography

The meaning: The Language of Flowers lists Iris as meaning ‘message’ which can be interpreted in different ways. Though in French culture it represents perfection, light and life which far better suits a wedding bouquet. Each petal is said to represent wisdom, faith and chivalry.


The national flower of Mexico is the Dahlia Pinnata. Said to have originated from the mountainous regions of Mexico and Central America, the Dahlia is a great way to add colour into your bouquet. There are over 42 species, all varying in colour and shape but each with one single flower per stem.

Image via Tesselaar Flowers, Photography by With Love and Embers

The meaning: The Dahlia is said to represent dignity.

There are plenty more countries with national flowers that you could incorporate into your wedding bouquet. Do a little research and create a Pinterest board with your favourites and bring this along to your first floral appointment. You florist can let you know what might be in season and how they might be able to bring your perfect bloom ideas to life.

Ms Zebra Says: Personally, I find that SO many flowers are so gorgeous, how do you choose?! However, with a history and meaning behind, it may make that decision easier – or at least a great way to understand the flowers you’re including in your big day!

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A wedding at Trisara in Phuket smells like Thai jasmine, sounds like chirping frogs, tastes like the ocean and looks like exotic blooms, lush greenery and abundant forms of water as far as the eye can see. And it feels like an otherworldly paradise.

Set by the Andaman sea among acres upon acres of jungle gardens, Trisara hosts weddings as a holistic, start-to-end, encapsulated experience. From pre wedding day prep to ceremony, reception and honeymoon, you don’t actually need to leave the resort’s grounds to experience a luxurious elopement or premium tropical destination wedding.

Are you ready?
Envision what your wedding might look like in 3D with Trisara’s Virtual Reality headsets. You can explore digital wedding set ups overlaid over the venue before the day. You can also have your own day captured in virtual reality to share with loved ones who might not be able to make it or as a unique lasting memory.

Before you take your vows, you can get centred with a peaceful private yoga experience by the shady shoreline for just yourself or you and your partner. If that’s still too strenuous the on-site Jara Spa will immerse you in full relaxation mode. Their treatments are inspired by nature, specifically wisdom derived from the ancient Ficus tree at the spa. We’d advise avoiding the traditional Thai massage on the day (as it’s quite a workout!) Instead, consider a signature six hands massage – yep, that’s three therapists at once – or the six hour long Jara Pamper offering which includes chocolate and Champagne. That’s our kind of therapy! Jara also does your hair and makeup for the wedding day; they’re experts at taming unruly tresses contending with humidity and non-melting makeup. By the way, Jara Spa’s organic, at-home treatment products would make fitting gifts for your bridal party or as guest’s bonbonniere.

That One Day
Trisara’s digital studio DDEN can capture your day via photography and videography. Being an in-house service, they have intimate knowledge of the best spots and lighting around the resort grounds to make you both glow.

There are many choices as to where to have your wedding ceremony at Trisara. You can get hitched right on the beach for a true boho vibe. Or stroll down a manicured jungle ‘aisle’ to sunset point. It’s a little nook where the garden overlooks the ocean and the overarching trees can be strung with florals and lights. The main deck, dotted with palms trees and backed by serene, lily pad-strewn water features, can host larger ceremonies. Of course, you could opt for the ultimate in wedding luxury; having your ceremony and reception in a grand private residence!

Some of Trisara’s residents offer up their spaces for exclusive special events. In some cases, we’re talking multi-bedroom, multi-level, even multi-pool residences. A wedding like this is indulgent and unforgettable. The residences have their own style; which one you choose depends on whether you wish to feel like a movie star, a rock star or royalty on your wedding day (indeed people like Kate Moss, Maroon 5, Mick Jagger and Kylie Minogue have stayed here). Your reception could involve poolside cocktails and canapés or a sit down dinner via a gourmet Thai barbeque accented with a fading pastel sunset. Trisara has its own farm for produce, so you can trust your feast will be a sublime offering of paddock-to-plate dining, just caught seafood and local spice.

Local Flavour
You’ve chosen to get married in Thailand for a reason. So why not incorporate some unique local aspects to your day? Trisara can arrange for Thai dance performance, music or fire dancing for an impactful welcome moment or reception entertainment. Adding a Thai water blessing to your ceremony would be a lovely touch. Derived from Buddhist traditions, holy water is poured from conch shells onto the bridal couple’s hands to signify happiness and prosperity. One of our favourite ideas is a sky lantern ceremony. Symbolic paper lanterns are lit up and float up into the air from the beach to represent good luck and good wishes. It looks dreamy!

The Honeymoon Starts Now
Aside from the resort’s stunning villas and suites, the private residences can sometimes also be booked for bridal party accommodation or group “buddymoons”. The palatial surrounds might offer your own cinema, pool room or bar. They all have sprawling sea views, divine pools, cooks, housekeepers and ultimate privacy. Honestly, the best part of having your entire wedding in one place like Trisara is that, as soon as the wedding is done, the honeymoon literally begins!

Take a peek at our Instagram highlight for an inside look. Photography courtesy Trisara, DDEN & Andrew Maccoll.

Ms Zebra Says: WOW! This place looks absolutely incredible! Can I book to head there tomorrow?!

About Ms Fleur de Lys: Aside from being Ms Polka’s Editorial Assistant, Ms Fleur de Lys is also Polka Dot Bride’s Melbourne correspondent so you’ll see her running all over town finding wedding inspiration. As both a lifestyle journalist and cocktail aficionado, Fleur appreciates the power of words whipped up as deftly as a good martini.



Welcome to the big apple, New York. What better place to celebrate a honeymoon than a city where dreams are born? New York arguably has the most incredible and photogenic skyline in the world and my feed has been flooded with the view from above. So, lets get into the photo and find out just where all these snaps have been captured.

The Location

In the heart of the Broadway Theatre district, just west of Times Square you’ll find the Intercontinental New York Times Square Hotel. Perched amongst all the action, the Intercontinental Times Square is surrounded by eateries, museums and Fifth Avenue shopping is just around the corner.

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After a day exploring the city, retreat to your oasis above, where floor to ceiling windows give you the best glimpse into Manhattan life below.

About the Accommodation

The penthouse suite is exactly where you want to be. Everything screams luxury from the inlaid fireplace, free standing tub and marble bathroom. The penthouse is often sought after for film productions and photoshoots because of the breathtaking views on offer and it’s not one you’ll want to miss!

If the penthouse is out of your budget you need not worry, the Intercontinental Times Square has a number of other suites and rooms available all differing in size but each providing comfort and maximising on location.

Also Loving

Did we mention what a great location this hotel is in? Within a 4km radius you could walk to Central Park, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gaze at the Empire State Building and explore the Rockefeller Centre.

All images via Intercontinental New York Times Square.

The Intercontinental Time Square is home to Stinger Cocktail Bar and Kitchen where Chef Todd English and mixologist Francesco Lafranconi pair bespoke cocktails with deliciously crafted meals. So pop over for a bite to eat whilst your on your romantic city getaway.

Ms Zebra Says: After having just returned from NYC, our fab travel writer Bec Lawrence has nailed it and cannot recommend the views of New York City to share with your partner in a romantic getaway!