Have you ever seen a wedding that doesn't have flowers?
Pretty impossible right?
From the bride’s grand bouquet, the bridesmaids’ bouquets or corsages, the decorative items on the pews or the entire venue - it’s impossible not to see flowers. Without them, is it even a wedding? What would the bridesmaids be holding as they walk down the aisle? What would the bride throw during the reception? More importantly, how boring would the venue look without them?
Sure, there are those who forego the flowers and opt for other decorative items. However, we can’t help but think that flowers are a crucial and traditional element of weddings.
If you’re getting married very soon or just genuinely interested in flowers and weddings, read on!
The History of Flowers in Weddings
When and where did the use of flowers for wedding start? Who started it?
It was actually during the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman ancient times that this tradition started.
Both the brides and grooms of the Greeks used flowers as crowns and garlands to honour the goddess of marriage and fertility, Hera. Ivy was also used as a symbol of the marriage’s unbreakable bond. White flowers were also used to symbolise their happiness.
In Rome, brides and grooms wove their garlands with greenery aside from blooms. These aimed to honour their gods, ward off evil and bad luck, bring in good luck, and invoke fertility.
For Egyptians, the local lotus was used as a wedding decoration. This is proven by many ancient Egyptian art pieces and poems. Furthermore, the brides would also carry spices such as garlic and thyme to keep evil spirits at bay.
Apart from those three, marigolds were also used by brides in Tudor England. They then ate it after since it was believed to be an aphrodisiac. The Italians also started the tradition of putting flowers in the front grill of a getaway car, symbolising a paving road to a successful and happy marriage. The Indian bride and groom also wore floral headpieces.
Why Flowers Should Be Prioritized Today
It’s evident that flowers were absolutely important for weddings during the ancient times. In today’s world, there’s also no doubt that it remains a vital piece.
Here are some reasons why flowers should be a priority on your wedding day:
1. It’s An Important Day
Your wedding is absolutely one of the most important and special days of your life. Thus, there’s no harm in you going all-out and choosing to be grand on your special day. With flowers, your special day will become more memorable, colourful, livelier, and beautiful. Just think of the aisle lined with your favourite flowers and favourite colour.
2. Aesthetic (Especially for Photos)
Indeed, some people choose not to have flowers for their weddings. Imagine, however, your pictures from the ceremony itself and the reception without flowers. It wouldn’t be as grand and beautiful. Take, for example, the photobooth which many guests come to for souvenirs. A simple backdrop would suffice. If you add an arc of flowers, however, and a greener backdrop, it would definitely look more picture-worthy. Since it’s your special day, you will also obviously want many pictures of you and your beloved. It’s essential that you have the best floral backdrops and decorations to get those perfect photos.
3. A Symbol of Many Meanings
Unlike the ancient times, couples now have the option to choose which flowers and colours they want for their wedding bouquet. Some individuals choose their favourites, while others choose based on the theme of the event. There are also those who choose flowers and their colours based on their meanings. Some flowers symbolise fertility, innocence, beauty, boldness, abundance, prosperity, happiness, commitment, and love.
4. Completes Your Look
Just imagine getting married and walking down the aisle without a bouquet in your hand. Unusual, right? All in all, the bride’s look is completed by the bouquet. It can also be considered as an essential accessory for the bridesmaids. Other than the dresses of the entourage, flowers also bring your wedding’s designs together. For example, you’ve chosen three different colours for the dresses of the bridesmaids. These three are also prominent colours of the decoration around the wedding and reception venue. Without the flowers, the three different colours would probably clash. If you choose flowers, however, that feature those three colours and place them on yours and the bridesmaids’ bouquets and the decorations all around, the colours will come together and end up blending with each other.
All in all, flowers are a choice you should keep at your wedding.
If your problem, however, is throwing away all those beautiful flowers after they wilt, you can always opt for artificial flowers. They’re looking even more realistic these days thanks to modern-day art and crafts innovations. Plus, they won’t go to waste as they will never wilt and die. You and your family, friends, and guests can take a few decorations home after the event so that they will be constantly reminded of your special day and they can decorate their home with it.