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Wedding Flowers - Yesterday and today
Weddings through the centuries have always been a cause for celebration. From the earliest marriages when flowers, herbs and seed heads were all chosen for good luck or pagan beliefs to today's big white wedding, flowers have helped complete the party atmosphere.
In the middle ages blue was often worn by brides as blue was the traditional symbol of purity. Often the bride and groom would wear a band of blue ribbon, this is where we get part of the traditional rhyme where the bride should wear "something blue". Brides would gather flowers from the garden and make simple tied bunches of symbolic flowers to ward off evil spirits and give good luck. Evergreens would ward off witches; Rosemary would be used for remembrance, Myrtle for love (sacred to Venus the Goddess of love.) Gilded wheat for fertility. Because sanitation was not great sweet smelling flowers and herbs would be strewn before the bridal procession. Flower girls descend from this custom. Guests would carry small posies of sweet smelling herbs and flowers and wear pomanders with po pourii in. With the arrival of the Puritans all frippery was abolished and definitely no gilding or anything with pagan significance was allowed.
Wedding Flowers - Yesterday and todayHello Zoe,
Glad you like the blog and I have learnt quite a lot about Shakespeare whilst doing it. Thank you for Ophelia's words - lovely. Yes I will be at Tatton, judging the UK Skills competition come to see me in the Floral Pavilion. Lynda
Posted by Lynda Owen 17 Feb 12 09:37 am
Wedding Flowers - Yesterday and todayHamlet, Act IV, Scene V
Ophelia: There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray,
love, remember: and there is pansies. that's for thoughts...
There's fennel for you, and columbines: there's rue
for you; and here's some for me: we may call it
herb-grace o' Sundays: O you must wear your rue with
a difference. There's a daisy: I would give you
some violets, but they withered all when my father
died: they say he made a good end,--
No marriage for Ophelia, but she's singing in her maddness about the traditional wedding flowers I think she's hoping for something.
Great blog Lynda - see you at Tatton if you're there.
Posted by Zoe 17 Feb 12 08:19 am
Wedding Flowers - Yesterday and todayHello, Your wedding bouquet looks lovely and you follow a long held tradition that the bride makes her own bouquet. Well done natural is always best.
Posted by Lynda Owen 16 Feb 12 07:21 am
Bridal flowershaving recently got married I thought I would share my own thoughts on wedding flowers. I really didn't want the very structured bouquet that most brides go for, so I made my own from a selection of flowers I bought from a wholesalers in Coventry. Rather less structured but, I thought, very pretty!
Posted by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust 16 Feb 12 03:59 am