Where did they come from?
Of all the flowers at a wedding, the bridal bouquet is probably the most important and noticed. The history of bridal bouquets dates back several hundred years, when instead of flowers, brides actually carried a bouquet made of various aromatic herbs and spices. It was believed that the scents of these bouquets had mystical powers and were used to ward off evil spirits.
Over time, the herbs and spices were replaced with colourful flowers with pleasant scents and ribbons tied in a knot filled around them, this symbolised the bride’s purity and beauty. Originally, lilies and orchids were the most used flowers and then as time went on these were replaced with violets, azaleas and pansies.
Nowadays, bridal bouquets are more of a fashion statement. Many florists develop unconventional bridal bouquets that match everything about the wedding and their choice of flowers seems to be endless. However, roses are always a popular choice. Roses are a symbol of love and affection and as bridal bouquets are now often picked to match the bridesmaid’s dresses and roses come in so many colors, it is easy to see why they are so popular.
Catching the bouquet
At the end of a wedding ceremony, it’s tradition that the bride throws her bouquet into the crowd of single female guests, with the catcher being the next to marry. It is believed that by throwing the bouquet the bride is spreading her happiness onto someone else.
Types of bouquets
There’s a large choice when it comes to bridal bouquets, the right bouquet adds the finishing touch to a gorgeous bride.
Nosegay: Small to medium in size and typically designed as a round cluster of flowers with minimal greenery. White or pastel flowers are more classic choices in this type of bouquet.
Cascading arrangement: Popular in formal weddings and consisting of a central arrangement with flowers aggregating downward giving the appearance of a cascade. Roses and lilies are traditional used with moderate greenery.
Hand-tied bouquets: Perfect for casual weddings, hand-tied bouquets can be designed in a number of ways.
Arm bouquets: These arrangements look elegant and can range from simple to elaborate.
Single flower: This minimalist look provides a clear focus on the beautiful bride without sacrificing the floral tradition.
Pomander ball: This round, floral piece is held by ribbon rather than the traditional stems for a lovely look.
Teardrops, crescents, and fans: Similar to cascades, these arrangements contain flowers and greenery created in the desired shade.
Meaning of flowers
Orchids – Purity, Fertility, Wealth, Refinement
Roses – Love, Romance
White Calla Lily – Beauty, Innocence
Lily – Chastity, Virtue
Jasmine – Grace, Elegance
Lily of the valley – Return of happiness, Purity of heart, Sweetness
Lotus – Estranged love.
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