There are many so many possibilities and combination for bridal bouquets today. There are an abundance of colors and textures available to florist in the current market. This has not always been the case. In fact have you ever wondered why bride’s carry a bouquet of flowers at all? Well I was thinking about it and decided to see if the answer was here on the world wide web, guess what?!?!? I found the answer!
According to Perfect-Wedding-Day.com here is the history of the bridal bouquet
The custom of bouquets has its origin in ancient times. Women carried aromatic bunches of garlic, herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits. In ancient Greece and Rome, the bride and groom wore a garland around their necks, symbolizing new life, hope and fertility. Traditional Celtic bouquets included ivy, thistle and heather. The garland was not made of flowers but of strong-smelling herbs and spices. The strong-smells were thought to have mystical powers and meant to keep away evil spirits.
When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, the herbs and spices had been replaced by fresh flowers, especially marigolds. Edible flowers were still included in the bouquet. The bride would carry her arrangement as she walked down the aisle. The dill from the bride’s bouquet (also known as the herb of lust), was consumed by the bride, the groom, and their wedding guests during the reception, as the herb was meant to increase sexual desire.
In Victorian times, flowers became the secret messengers of lovers; each flower having its own meaning. It is believed that ‘the flower language’ began in Turkey during the seventeenth century. Lovers began using floral exchanges to convey messages. Thus bridal flowers were chosen with regard to their traditional significance.
Unfortunately many lovely flowers were assigned rather undeserved meanings. For many brides, these meanings continue to influence the types of flowers they included in their bouquets. These meanings were based on a science known as Florigraphy, ‘the flower language’. Many flower lovers followed this language as it revealed underlying messages to sending and receiving flowers.
However in our modern times, brides pick their flowers on their lovely colours and shapes. Lovely blooms that suit their personality, bridal gown and their own unique style and taste.
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The Bridal Bouquet
The bridal bouquet has origins deep in history. The Roman bride and groom would wear garlands around their necks to symbolise long life and fertility. Strong smelling flowers, garlic and herbs would be worn to ward off evil spirits which were thought to be ever present and bad luck.
History of the Bouquet
During the plague in England when it was thought the plague was carried by the wind and bad smells, people would wear strong smelling spices and herbs to drive away the infection. The bridal bouquet symbolised a maid in bloom and the flowers she chose related to smell, colour and decoration, and could be recalled later on when the couple would come accross the same smell, to bring back memories of their happy day.
on. Today the flowers in the bouquet are a wonderful display of colour and smell, chosen carefully by the bride to enhance the look she wishes to create.
Throwing the Bouquet
This is thought to have originated in America and is usual in the UK nowadays. The bride would throw the bouquet over her shoulder, to be caught by a single female friend and it would mean that she would be the next one to marry. Equally, the groom could throw his buttonhole over his shoulder towards his single male friends, and the same could apply.
This is a way of spreading the good fortune and joy of the happy couple to their friends.
The Victorian Bouquet
In Victorian times, the language of flowers was first used by lovers to send messages to each other using different flowers, each one having it’s own meaning.
For example, red roses are known as a symbol of love which everyone would recognise. Put them together with freesia which means trust and fern which means sincerity and fasciation, and there is a message for all to see. “I sincerely love and trust you and you fascinate me.”
If you are interested in the Language of Flowers please visit the relevant page to find out more. On the other hand, if you want to make sure you don’t forget any of the floral details for your big day, take a look at the Wedding Flowers Checklist.
When choosing your bouquet, make sure that the overall display does not obliterate the view of your wedding dress. Some of the traditional designs are very large and heavy to handle but look beautiful. Make sure that you can cope with the weight. After waiting while the photographer takes the numerous photos, you arm will get very tired. It is important that the bouquet is prominent in the pictures so you be relaxed while carrying it.
There are so many different styles available that there is one to suit every taste. Take your time and enjoy the experience. Obviously you are going to think about the colours in the bouquet, and the co-ordinating effect with the bridesmaids, but also think about the smell. The lovely smell of freesias or roses will linger in the church, chapel or hotel, long after you and your guests have departed.