Not sure which flowers to choose for your wedding day? The answer might lie in the stars, says Alex Potter...
Do you believe in astrology? You might not tell your boss that you’ve based the timing of that new promotional campaign on Mercury being in Taurus but 90% of us know our star signs (compared to only half of us knowing our blood group). He might not admit it to you but chances are your groom reads his horoscope - after all, the majority of men admit to reading their horoscope at least once a month. And half of us believe that people have the characteristics of their star signs, which might explain why the Accounts Manager - an Aries - is so annoyingly energetic on Monday mornings.
So how about choosing your wedding flowers based on your star signs? After all, unless they are greenhouse-grown, they will have grown outdoors, under the influence of the planets and the constellations...
With that in mind, we've rounded up the best blooms to match your star sign. What if you prefer the flowers for another sign? Well, reading star signs is complex and different astrologers will give you different answers. Or maybe your parents were so excited that they got your date of birth wrong. But whatever you decide, this list may help to inspire you when you come to speak to your florist. Read on to find out which flowers your star sign is associated with!
AQUARIUS: January 20th to February 18th
Flowers: Delphiniums, hydrangea, cornflower, grape hyacinth
PISCES: February 19th to March 20th
Colours: Chablis, white, silvery-grey
Flowers: Roses, lilies (especially the 'Madonna' lily), jasmine, moonflowers
ARIES: March 21st to April 19th
Colours: Merlot, red
Flowers: Roses, tulips, amaryllis, snapdragon, red berried shrubs
TAURUS: April 20th to May 20th
Colours: White, or pale pinks (think French rosé wine) and pale blues
Flowers: Lily of the valley, dendrobium orchids, sweet peas, asters
GEMINI: May 21st to June 20th
Flowers: Roses, ranunculus, aloe, gerbera, canna, dahlia, calla lilies, hyacinth, orchids
CANCER: June 21st to July 22nd
Flowers: Cornflower, iris, delphinium, forget-me-nots, lobelia, sweet pea, passion flower
LEO: July 23rd to August 22nd
Flowers: Marigolds, roses, lilies, daffodils, zinnia, begonia, hyacynth, orchids, sunflowers
VIRGO: August 23rd to September 22nd
Flowers: Bells of Ireland, Calla Lily, hydrangea, orchids, eucalyptus, chrysanthemum
LIBRA: September 23rd to October 22nd
Flowers: Roses, gardenia, freesia, gladiolus
SCORPIO: October 23rd to November 21st
Colours: Deep red - think Shiraz or Burgundy wine
Flowers: roses, calla lilies, columbine, red sunflowers
SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd to December 21st
Flowers: Lavender, clematis, iris, anemone, aster, lily, orchids
CAPRICORN: December 22nd to January 19th
Colours: Very deep, dark shades
Flowers: Almost every flower - the rose, lily, hyacynth - have varieties in rich, dark colours.