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Wedding Flower Traditions

Just as they are for your Lake George or Saratoga Springs wedding, flowers have been a part of marriage ceremonies since at least Roman times, when both the bride and groom wore floral garlands.

  • During Elizabethan times the bride's friends would give her groom sprigs of rosemary that symbolized faithfulness, to ensure future happiness for the bride. Some brides carried sprigs of rosemary tied with silver lace, which symbolized constancy and firmness. This led to the custom of guests dipping a sprig of rosemary into their wine before drinking.

  • Victorian bridal posies traditionally included myrtle, a token of love, and the popular shower bouquets of the late nineteenth century usually contained orange blossom, a symbol of chastity.

  • Victorian brides would plant the cuttings of rosemary from their bouquets into their new gardens, to supply the bridal bouquets of their own daughters in years to come.

  • Centuries ago, bridesmaids planted myrtle bushes at the couple's new home, to ensure the couple happiness. It was also believed that the bridesmaids would soon marry if the bushes took root. Even royalty took part in this tradition; the myrtle that was in Princess Anne's bridal bouquet in 1973 was planted from Queen Victoria's bouquet in 1840.
Flowers have held secret meanings ever since Greek mythology. The Ancient Greeks first developed 'The Language of Flowers'. It caught the attention of the Victorians in 1820, when the Language of Flowers was published, allowing lovers to communicate by exchanging flowers. Some flowers carry several (sometimes conflicting) meanings, while others have no hidden messages at all (perhaps because the flowers have only become popular recently). Each flower also possessed a different meaning when placed at different parts of the body such as in the hair, cleavage or over the heart. It was popular during the Victorian period for the bride to spell out a word through her choice of bouquet flowers, for example lilies, orange blossom, violets and euphorbia.

Another tradition is that of the bachelor's button flower. A single man would pick the flower early in the morning while the dew was still on the ground, and then put it in his pocket for twenty-four hours. He would be happy in marriage if the flower were still 'true blue' the following morning. The flower rarely kept its true-blue color so many men remained single!

It is also traditional to tie love knots in the ribbons of the bride's bouquet, which not only represent the new union and best wishes, but are also thought to bring good fortune. The tradition for the bride to throw her bouquet is also an old one. The bride throws the bouquet backwards and over her shoulder towards the guests when she leaves for her honeymoon. The lady who catches it is supposed to be the next one to be married. Upon catching the bride's bouquet, a bridesmaid can increase her chances of being the next one to be married by making a wish as she unties one of the ribbons in the bouquet.

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