Did You Know...
Everyone has seen a beautiful bride carry flowers down the aisle, but few people know the significance behind the use of flowers. While it's true that flowers add a touch of glamour to a wedding, there are deeper reasons for their use.
In the 1500’s most people got married in June (early northern summer), because they took their yearly bath in May, but they still smelled pretty good in June. However, as their level of personal hygiene declined, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour; hence the custom of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
Flowers also symbolise a number of emotions, values and wishes. In the past, brides carried flowers or herbs, because they were believed to ward off evil spirits. Today, brides carry flowers to follow tradition, and to add beauty and elegance to their wedding.
In addition to carrying on ancient traditions and superstition, flowers add a touch of colour and glamour to a wedding. Likewise, carrying flowers adds a nice fragrance to the venue. It is believed the “the flower language” began in Turkey during the seventeenth century. Lovers began using floral exchanges to convey messages such as….
Arum lily- Purity
Calla lily - Elegance and beauty
Oriental Lilies (white) - Purity, majesty, virginity
Freesias - Innocence, trust
Hydrangea - Devotion
Lisianthus - Flamboyant, showy
Orchid - Rare beauty, flower of magnificence, love
Peony - Happy marriage, prosperity
Rose - True love, female beauty, I love you
Stock - Lasting beauty, bonds of affection
Tiger or Asiatic Lilly-Wealth, pride, prosperity
Tulip - Perfect lover,