We don’t always consider the reasons behind century-old traditions, especially weddings. Bouquets are one common tradition that brides still practice. Carrying flowers by the bride has its roots in ancient times.
Strong smelling herbs and spices were thought to ward off and drive away evil spirits, bad luck, and ill health. Garlic and chives were popular for the same reason. During Roman times, this tradition was extended, with the bride and groom wearing floral garlands signifying new life and hope for fertility. The bouquet symbolized a woman in bloom. During Victorian times, lovers would send messages to each other using different flowers, with each flower having its own meaning. These associations were soon adopted for the bride’s bouquets and are still used today by many brides. The groom is supposed to wear a flower that appears in the Bridal Bouquet in his buttonhole. This stems from the medieval tradition of a Knight wearing his lady’s colors, as a declaration of his love.
Other meanings given to this date relate back to when people used to shower once yearly. It was a popular tradition to bathe in May, marry in June. But just in case, the bride would carry flowers to mask any unwanted smells to scare off her groom-to-be. Thankfully, these days none of those things are an issue and brides carry bouquets based on their style and vision for what they want their wedding day to look like.
Throughout the time we’ve spent with brides and photographing gorgeous bouquets, we’ve come across some stunning flower arrangements. Below some of our favorites, from simple and effortless to the fashion statement, the options are endless.
So what do you think about these? And what’s your favorite type of flower arrangement? Tell us in the comments below.