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!
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 bridesmaids were thus said to aid in confusing those evil spirits from knowing who was the bride!
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!
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!!
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!
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?
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.
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!
I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into the tradition of wedding flowers!