Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The History of the Bridal Bouquet

In ancient times women carried aromatic bunches of garlics, herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits. Traditional Celtic bridal bouquets were also strong smelling herbs and spices thought to have mystical powers, and would include ivy, thistle and heather. The ancient Greek and Roman bride and groom wore garland around their necks, symbolizing new life, hope and fertility. Europeans used dill in the bridal bouquet, which was consumed by the bride and groom at the reception to increase sexual desire. By the time Queen Vitoria married Prince Albert, the herbs and spices had been replaced with fresh flowers, setting the stage for the beautiful bouquets carried by the modern bride.
The Holly Berry, Evergreen, Colorado

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