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Friday, 6 September 2013

Wedding Traditions: The Bouquet

As well as the bride carrying a bouquet, which is considered a symbol of happiness, brides and their grooms used to wear wreaths and garlands made of herbs.

Some herbs and plants had meanings to their being part of a wreath or bouquet:

  • Sage - Wisdom
  • Dill - Lust
  • Orange Blossom - Happiness and Fertility
  • Ivy - Fidelity
  • Lillies - Purity

The Celtics used ivy, thistle and heather for their traditional bouquets and the Ancients used to believe that some herbs had the power to ward off evil spirits - the most powerful being garlic - so these were used in their bouquets and not flowers.

Sheaves of wheat, which symbolize growth and fertlity, would be carried by the bride’s Flower Girls.