Uses of Flowers in Weddings

Flowers and weddings go together. In fact we seem to think that weddings will not be complete without some lovely or colorful flowers. All over the world there are traditions and practices in weddings that involve the use of flowers.

The wedding flower tradition has been around since the ancient civilization and perhaps even earlier. In recorded history, the first know use of flowers in weddings was done by the ancient Greeks. They created garland wreaths by bundling together pieces of plants and flowers. The wreath is placed on the head. They considered this as nature’s gift.

There is also the garland bouquet and often it contained garlic bulbs. By putting garlic in the bouquet, the wedding would smell like a kitchen but this is not why garlic is used in the bouquet. Instead garlic is put in the bouquet as a means of warding off evil spirits that may interfere in the wedding ceremony and put the couple’s future life together in jeopardy.

In the middle ages, people were known to take a bath about two times every year. It is said that to prepare hot water for the bath back then is really exhausting that they hardly have time off from their work to heat water in order to bathe. In addition, soap too was then rare and expensive. Thus they can only afford to bathe before Christmas and during summer. However, weddings are mostly held during spring and at that time, most people may already not be so fresh and might even smell unfavorably, so the best and practical solution is to use fragrant flowers and herbs to mask      Market Harborough Florist    off the not so very nice odors. The herbs were normally sewn in the dress and the bride carried a really large fragrant flower bouquet. Sometimes the bride also wore a head dress made of flowers.

Up to this day we still practice the wedding flower traditions which the ancient Greeks have started. All over the world, different cultures and nations have adopted the use of wedding flowers and are practicing their own flower customs.

The tradition of having flower girls in weddings probably began in England. These little girls are tasked to carry a basket filled with flower petals which they are to sprinkle and throw while they walk down the aisle. Modern couples, especially those trying to cut off their wedding costs believe that the flower girl is optional but what the gesture of throwing flower petals by the flower girl actually signifies happiness and long life for the bride and groom.

In Sweden, little or young girls also take part in the wedding. Instead of flowers, fragrant herbs are used in making the bouquet they held. The groom will also have thymes in his pocket because tradition has it that these herbs can discourage hungry trolls from gate crashing in the wedding.

In modern weddings, it is just typical to see flowers not just in the bouquets or baskets held by the bride, her bridesmaids and the flower girls. Other male and female attendants in the party also wear and use flowers. The boutonniere is for the male attendants like the groomsmen. Flowers are also part of the wedding decorations like centerpieces in tables.


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