The Meaning Behind Wedding Bouquets

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Today, bridal bouquets range from lush rounds of roses to wispy sprays of wildflowers and, after her dress, are a bride's most personal choice. But wedding flowers used to be more practical symbols of protection for the newlyweds.

Ancients

  • Ancient Greek and Roman brides and grooms wore garlands of herbs to ward off evil spirits and to ensure loyalty and fertility.

Victorians

  • In the early 19th century, Queen Victoria, who also began the tradition of the white bridal gown, held flowers at her wedding, said to represent a woman in full bloom.

Varieties

  • Victorians also initiated the symbolism of flower varieties. Roses represent love and desire, daisies imply innocence, and lilies signify purity.

Colors

  • The color of a bride's bouquet represents her emotions---the brighter the bouquet, the more intense her love.

The Toss

  • When the bride tosses her bouquet, she is passing along her good fortune. This tradition replaced a 14th Century practice of tearing the bride's dress for a swatch of good luck.

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  • Photo Credit Bridal bouquet image by Alexey Klementiev from Fotolia.com
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