When you’re attending, participating or actually getting married, one constant from culture to culture is that flowers are almost always present. For centuries, brides and grooms have been surround by flowers in the ceremony and reception of their wedding.
According to FiftyFlower.com, in ancient Greece and Rome, the bride carried aromatic bunches of garlic, herbs and spices to keep evil spirits away. Strong smells were related to protection from evil forces and mysticism. The garland was also a symbol of love and happiness. Ancient Greeks also used flowers and plants to make a crown for the bride to wear and were considered a gift from nature.
Today, flowers adorn not only the bride and groom, but bridal parties, as decorations, and centerpieces.
Bridal Rose: Happiness.
White Carnation: Innocence.
White Chrysanthemum: Truth.
Clover: Good luck.
White Lily: Virginity.
Pink Rose: Perfection.
Stephanotis: Happiness in marriage.
Purple Violet: Faithfulness.
According to Country Bride, after the ceremony it is traditional for the bride to throw her bouquet over her shoulder towards unmarried female guests. The catcher of the bouquet is believed to be the next to marry and will be blessed with good luck. In a similar way the groom may throw the brides garter in to a crowd of unmarried male guests. The groom often co-ordinates his buttonhole with a flower that appears in the bride’s bouquet as a way of expressing the love for his bride.