Flowers at weddings
Everyone has seen a beautiful bride carry wedding flower arrangements down the aisle, but few people know the significance behind the flowers. While it’s true flowers add a touch of glamour to a wedding, there are deeper reasons their presence.
According to the Huffington Post, during the 15th century, people took their yearly baths in May and would generally get married in June. Just to be safe, brides carried bouquets to mask the smell of body odor.
Flowers symbolize a number of emotions, values and wishes. In the past, brides carried flowers or herbs because they were believed to ward off evil spirits. Today, brides carry flowers to follow tradition, and to add beauty and elegance to their wedding.
Flowers for December Weddings
A white flower denotes formality and allows for a pleasing palette when used as base for your arrangements. The white Narcissus the birth flower for December is a sweet, fragrant flower containing a tubular center surrounded by long narrow leaves. Another, the orchid, lends an exotic feel to your bouquet, and the gardenia scents the air with its delicate fragrance. Choose the Madagascar jasmine, a pure white traditional wedding flower that is extremely fragile, or the bouvardia, a cluster of tiny star-shaped blooms that creates a natural frame for other blossoms.
Wedding Flower Etiquette
Traditionally, the bride’s family is responsible for the flowers carried by the maid or matron of honor and the bridesmaids and flower girl. They also supply the floral decorations for the church and reception hall and all corsages (with the exception of those for the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom).
The groom’s family is responsible for the boutonnieres for the groom, best man, ushers and groomsmen. The bridal bouquet is customarily a gift from the groom to his wife to be, as is her going-away corsage. The groom’s family may also send flowers to close family members who can’t attend the wedding. If they host the rehearsal dinner, the groom’s parents pay for any floral decorations they choose to use.