Pretty in Pink & wedding flower tradition

Pretty in Pink & wedding flower tradition

Wedding flowers are part of a traditional wedding. In fact, there are many reasons and some history to each wedding flower arrangement! While some are more commonly known, I thought I would share a few of these reasons, history and tradition of wedding flowers. Enjoy the coral wedding flowers from my March wedding and some history behind wedding flowers!

Fun coral flowers!

Fun coral flowers!

Closeup of all of the flowers, including the ruffle-y garden rose!

Closeup of all of the flowers, including the ruffle-y garden rose!

Just LOVE that coral rose!

Just LOVE that coral rose!

There are many supposed reasons behind the wedding bouquet. It is said the fresh and fragrant flowers would be a pleasant smell for the ceremony. Or for the more superstitious reasoning that carrying wedding flowers could ward off any evil spirits wanting to ruin the day!

The bouquets!

The bouquets!

 The bridal bouquet

The bridal bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

The bridal bouquet with more ivory than pinks

The bridal bouquet with more ivory than pinks

A bridesmaid bouquet with coral, blush and ivory flowers

A bridesmaid bouquet with coral, blush and ivory flowers

The bridesmaids were thus said to aid in confusing those evil spirits from knowing who was the bride!

Thanks gals!

Bridesmaid bouquet

Bridesmaid bouquet

Bouquets2

The Toss Bouquet: Supposedly women would try to rip off pieces of a bride’s gown to obtain some of the bride’s “good luck”. Thus the toss bouquet was created for the bride to toss and then run! Nobody wants a ripped dress after all!

This toss bouquet was actually made using "permanent flowers" and doubled as the bouquet used for the Bridals!

This toss bouquet was actually made using “permanent flowers” and doubled as the bouquet used for the Bridals!

Bridals with a "permanent flower" bouquet!

The beautiful Bride in her Bridals with a “permanent flower” bouquet!

Professional picture by Coleen Hauth Photography

Likewise, the scent of the flowers worn on a wrist corsage were believed to ward off evil spirits! I’m unsure about that but they sure are pretty for our special mothers!!

Mothers' corsage

Mothers’ corsage

Corsages!

Corsages!

The man’s boutonniere could be traced back to the middle ages when a knight would wear a ribbon or flower of his lady’s family crest! He would be “wearing his heart on his sleeve” as he donned his lady’s colors for whom he was fighting. Similarly, this is why so many groom boutonnieres match their bride’s bouquets in both color and ribbon, or perhaps that is just the bride’s choice! ;)

Groom's boutonniere to match the bridal bouquet

Groom’s boutonniere to match the bridal bouquet

Groomsman boutonniere

Groomsman boutonniere

Boutonnieres!

Boutonnieres!

Groomsman boutonniere

Groomsman boutonniere

It was said the groom’s best man would be present at the ceremony to fight off anyone wanting to steal away his bride! Takes a whole new meaning to the best man!

On a similar note, can I mention something about my man’s best friend?

My suave floral assistant. He's good at retrieving dropped flowers.

My suave floral assistant. He’s good at retrieving dropped flowers.

And is wonderful at modeling make-shift boutonnieres.

And is wonderful at modeling make-shift boutonnieres.

Okay, back to the wedding flowers.

Floral decorations started being recorded in religious ceremonies starting about the 16th century. The marriage ceremony, often occurring at a church, still compromises of decorations, as well as the reception.

A tall centerpiece

A tall centerpiece

Centerpieces. We used bouquets on tables and tall centerpieces on tables, as well as candles.

Centerpieces. We used bouquets on tables and tall centerpieces on tables, as well as candles.

And in case you were wondering, yes we CAN match a flower to any color, with the little help of some flower paint! So if you absolutely MUST have a certain color based on the ‘meaning’ of the flower color…we can do that! Or if you just have a favorite color!

Floral spray paint!

Floral spray paint!

I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into the tradition of wedding flowers!