Marriage ceremony traditions – why brides carry a bouquet of flowers

A beautiful bouquet is like the cherry on your cake in a bridal look! But have you ever wondered why brides wear one in the first place? We’re here to tell you the story of one of our favorite wedding traditions, the bridal bouquet!

Photography by Mark Potter Photography / Flowers by Dominique Flowers / More from this shoot here!

The power of flowers …

Every woman loves flowers, not only to receive them as gifts, to decorate her home or to wear, but above all as a bouquet to wear and compliment her wedding dress on one of the most memorable days of her life. The bridal bouquet is an essential part of the modern bridal outfit, be it a lavish opulent affair or a simple garden wedding in the family home. It’s true that flowers add visual beauty and a touch of romance to a wedding, but there are deeper reasons for their presence.

The roots of ancient Rome …

A bride who carries flowers has its roots in ancient times. In ancient Rome, brides wore or wore garlands of flowers and believed that flowers signified new beginnings, fidelity, and hope for fertility. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that strong smelling herbs and spices ward off and drive away evil spirits, bad luck and disease, and help to mask the odor of body odor. Often made of herbs rather than flowers, dill was particularly popular because a herb of lust was believed to increase sexual desire when consumed by the bride and groom during reception.

Victorian times …

Flowers became part of the wedding bouquet during the Victorian era and this has continued to this day. The modern version of the bridal bouquet was popularized by Queen Victoria, who when she married Prince Albert wore a tussie-mussie, a tiny round flower coupling in a filigree holder filled with moss and orange blossom. In Victorian times, lovers often sent different flowers to express their love. Each flower had a different meaning, and their exchange soon became popular and was associated with romantic love. Flowers became part of wedding ceremonies because of this romantic connection. The brides carefully selected flowers for the emotions they represented, and the flowers she wore became “their flowers” for the rest of their lives.

Modern days …

In this day and age, as charming as they may have been, the ancient traditions have almost been forgotten, and brides now choose flowers for the beauty of their colors, scent, and shape. The bouquet is the ultimate accessory for the bride and contributes significantly to the overall appearance of the day. The bride’s selected flowers are a way for her to express her personal style, taste and personality and an essential addition to her dress.

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