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Flowers are a staple for weddings, as for centuries they have been a symbol of love. Since ancient Greek times they were considered a wedding gift from Nature herself as they symbolised the natural nature of love and the couple’s commitment to one another. Over the years, the flowers have been used for different purposes and represented different meanings.
A flower bouquet is an iconic feature of a wedding. This tradition of having the bride carrying flowers began in ancient Roman times where brides carried or wore flowers believing they would signify new beginnings and hope of fertility. Over the generations, wedding bouquets were constructed with strong-smelling herbs and spices that would ward off and drive away evil spirits, bad luck and ill health. It was during the Victorian era that wedding bouquets became similar to what we see today. The bridal bouquet was popularised by Queen Victoria, who carried a tiny bouquet during her wedding. Similar to modern flower arrangements, the flowers were chosen based on the meaning they represented. You can learn more about the meanings behind flowers in our blog.
The boutonniere is the single flower or bud that you’ll see placed in the lapel of the groom and groomsmen. While it is used as a piece of fashion today, this tradition originates from Medieval times as a favour women would give knight’s as they would go into battle. The colour of the flower gift would typically be the same colour as the outfit of the woman to represent “the lady’s colours”. By sporting the boutonniere, the knight was sending the message he was supported in battle by a lady who adored him. Today, a boutonniere is generally worn by the groom and his groomsmen to demonstrate their ties to the bride and bridal party.
Another common tradition we see at weddings is the throwing and spreading of flower petals down the aisle, which is typically the role of the flower girl. While today this is a cute way to get children involved in the ceremony, the practice can be traced back to the Victorian age. Spreading flower petals down the aisle was seen as a way to spread good omens and bring the bride good luck in the future wishing her a healthy, happy life with her new husband.
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