Many brides find their bouquets just as important as their wedding dresses when it comes to creating a bridal look to remember.
Depending on your personality, you may opt for a show-stopping, free-flowing floral arrangement or a more chic, understated design. Whichever bridal bouquet you select, the versatility of your wedding flowers cannot be overstated. This is why we work closely with every bride to create wedding flowers that perfectly complement their own individual aesthetic.
However, as well as beauty, there’s also a lot of history and symbolism behind the bridal bouquet. Here, we uncover some of the many reasons why flowers are carried down the aisle, and how the tradition began.
What does a bouquet symbolize and why do brides carry bouquets?
Flowers have been a key part of the bridal look since the ancient Romans started to carry and wear floral garlands to their nuptials as a symbol of fertility, fidelity, and new beginnings. However, brides in the Middle Ages took a less optimistic twist on the custom, instead accessorizing their wedding attire with a combination of pungent herbs and spices to fight off unlucky evil spirits. Dill was especially common, as it was not only thought to drive away negative energy but it was also known as the herb of lust — its inclusion was expected to stimulate sexual desire as the newlyweds prepared to consummate their marriage.
The bridal bouquet as we know it was born in the 19th century, when Queen Victoria held a small clutch of flowers at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840. This also led to the onset of wedding flower symbolism, as brides began to choose blooms based on the meanings behind the flowers. For example, roses signify love, and peonies represent happiness and ambition. As a result, bouquets became closely associated with sentimental romance, making them the perfect wedding accessory.
The bouquet has gone on to take a central role in modern bridal aesthetics, becoming one of the most important decisions that brides-to-be need to make. Selecting the best colours, fragrances and shapes are just as important as finding flowers that convey their feelings towards their partners, and their hopes for the future. The careful combination of all these factors is what has led to bridal bouquets becoming seen as so beautiful and heartfelt.
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