For centuries, flowers have represented love, sympathy, good will, victory and dozens of other things. But where do these traditions come from and why do we keep them alive all these years later? Tradition is an important part of every culture and brings comfort and peace during tumultuous times and happiness during joyous times. No event is more steeped in floral tradition that a wedding and wedding flower traditions come from all over the world. Depending on your own cultural interests and family origins, you can borrow from multiple traditions to create a lovely, unique wedding atmosphere with the flowers you choose.
Following are some floral traditions and beliefs from all over the world and insight into the genesis of some of them as well including:
– China and Japan: The Chinese and Japanese avoid white at weddings as their cultures recognize white as the color of death and funerals. This is in stark contrast to Western countries who see white as a color that represents innocence and purity. Red is the preferred color for both countries and represents great joy and happiness (very different from what white represents). Because of this, peonies and roses are very popular flowers. Lotus blossoms represent Buddhist culture and are common at weddings. Flower bouquets come in groups of nine and six, as these represent prosperity and wealth. Groups of three are avoided because the word sounds very similar to the one used for death.
– Mid East: Middle Eastern brides include the herb artemisia, because it is bitter and is believed to help new couples weather both bitterness and sweetness.
– Greece: Greeks include ivy in their bridal bouquets because it represents endless love and a tenacious spirit.
– Scandinavia: Nordic grooms were known to fasten pungent herbs to the insides of their suit jackets such as chives, garlic and rosemary, which symbolize good health.
– England: Traditional English brides added bunches of marigolds soaked in rosewater to their wedding-day diets because the combination was though to have aphrodisiac properties. Their maids carried violet and primrose bouquets.
Weddings are important celebrations of life and love in every corner of the world and every country has unique and fascinating bridal flower traditions. With just a bit of research and interest, you can find a wealth of information on the wedding flower traditions of any country with which you identify and adopt those you find meaningful for your fairytale wedding.