I decided that April's theme on social media & blogs would be wedding flowers & have had a great time sourcing photos & information!
Bride's bouquet - I found SO many traditions & facts about the bouquet!
Throwing the bouquet - whoever catches the bouquet will be the next to marry.
Why does the bride carry flowers? - This tradition has its roots in ancient times. In Ancient Rome, brides carried or wore flower garlands, believing that flowers signify new beginnings, fidelity and hope of fertility.
In the Middle Ages, strong-smelling herbs and spices were thought to ward off and drive away evil spirits, bad luck, ill health and help mask the smell of body odour (of course in these times, people were only able to bathe a couple of times a year, so the more fragrant the flowers the better!). Often composed of herbs, not flowers, dill was especially popular since, being the herb of lust, its consumption by the couple during the reception was thought to increase sexual desire. Oo-er!!!
The Victorians, who were fascinated by the meanings of different blooms, popularised the wedding rose, which represents true love.
In Tudor England, brides carried marigolds dipped in rosewater and ate them afterward, since they were thought to be aphrodisiacs!
I also found this article on Brides website which lists the majority of wedding flowers & their meanings, pretty comprehensive info! https://www.brides.com/gallery/wedding-flower-meanings
Hope you enjoyed the read, don't forget to tell me what you think. Beckie x
PS My wedding flowers were Calla lilies (like the ones pictured below) & my favourite flowers are sunflowers. Just thought I'd personalise this a little bit :)
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