vineri, 28 august 2009

3. The Bouquet

I've been a little bit lazy with the wedding posts lately. The clock is ticking faster now and almost all details are set and ready for the big day.

Today I have decided to write the post about the bouquet. The flowers are all part of the entire event. Usually the flowers are being chosen according to the season and the wedding theme or the color chosen for the decorations.

Flowers were incorporated into the ceremony because they represent fertility, purity, new life and never ending love. Traditionally, bouquets were a mixture of flowers and herbs.

The carrying of flowers by the bride has its roots in ancient times when it was believed that strong smelling herbs and spices would ward off and drive away evil spirits, bad luck and ill health. Garlic and chives were also popular for the same reason. During Roman times, this tradition was extended, with the bride and groom wearing floral garlands signifying new life and hope for fertility. The bouquet in particular symbolized a women in bloom.

Traditionally, the bride's bouquet is made of white flowers such as orchids, roses, lilies, gardenias, carnations, or stephanotis.

I have already decided how my bouquet will look like and I am looking forward for the day that I will throw it to my mades of honor. (Tossing of the bridal bouquet is a custom which has its roots in England. It was believed that the bride could pass along good fortune to others.)

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