Wedding Flower Customs and Traditions
Keep in mind that almost any wedding blossom might have the cultural and historical behind it. We have gathered the most interesting wedding flowers-related traditions starting from antique Italy to Greece and the Middle East.
Interesting world wedding flower customs and traditions
Thailand– both bride’s and groom’s mothers walk down to the altar in order to put on the couple’s shoulders flower bunches made from puang malai as a symbol of a happy life and luck as a family.
Grooms in Denmark and Switzerland tend to sew tiny sacks of flavored herbs including garlic, chives and rosemary into their garments for good fortune.
Male relatives of grooms in India strew the couple of newlyweds with flower petals as the ceremony ends in order to defend them from evil.
Brides in the ancient Greece tend to hold in their hands ivy during the wedding ceremony, which symbolizes their longlasting love to their sweethearts.
Brides in the ancient Rome used to carry the bouquet with herbs as a symbol of their faithfulness and fecundity. Moreover, these herbs were supposed to protect them from negative spirits.
Victorians, who attached the significant importance to the various types of flowers, were the ones who popularized the symbol of the true love- red rose- as a traditional wedding flower.
Also, in the Victorian times, brides traditionally throw her wedding bouquet to her friend by the time the celebration comes to end in order to protect the friend from bad spirits and bring the good luck. Nowadays this tradition was interpreted a slightly different way: single female that catches the wedding bouquet is supposed to marry soon.
The Greek Orthodox weddings were traditionally accompanied by the orange flower wreathes for both the bride and groom- in some cases they were matching the bride’s dress decorations. These blossoms were worn as a symbol of virginity and purity.
Brides in Tudor England tended to opt for the marigolds, which they beforehand had dipped into the rosewater. After the celebration ends, brides had to eat the blossoms since they were considered to be strong aphrodisiacs.
The old Italian custom supposes the front gitter of the wedding car being covered with flowers, which kind of paves the road to a joyful life.
The Middle East wedding traditions prescribe including the herb Artemisia into the wedding bouquets in order to ensure that marriages will overcome both bitterness and sugariness.
Bride and groom at the traditional Indian weddings are supposed to wear the floral headpieces.