Why a Bouquet?

Have you ever wondered why brides carry a bouquet on their wedding day? They are an essential part of a brides outfit and are a way for her to express her style & personality and of course, a complement to her gown.  

 

 Flowers by Rhi. Photography by  Close Photography   

Flowers by Rhi. Photography by Close Photography  

The idea of carrying a bouquet began back in ancient times - in Ancient Rome, flowers were thought to signify new beginnings, fidelity & fertility, and during the Middle Ages strong smelling herbs were carried to ward off evil spirits (and mask body odour!) 

 Image from  Italy Magazine   

Image from Italy Magazine  

It was during the Victorian Era that wedding bouquets really became popular.  The Victorian 'language of flowers' was developed and lovers often used flowers to convey special messages to each other. The exchange soon became linked to romantic love and flowers were chosen to be carried on a wedding day according to their sentiments. 

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The old traditions have been almost forgotten as modern brides are opting for custom pieces of floral art - selecting flowers for their colour, shape or fragrance. Bouquets are the ultimate accessory and really add to the overall feel of the day. They feature in most photographs and are what is held in front of the gown - they add true visual beauty and romance to a wedding. 

 

 Flowers by Rhi. Photography by  Chrisp Pictures

Flowers by Rhi. Photography by Chrisp Pictures

 Flowers by Rhi. Photography by  Light & Type

Flowers by Rhi. Photography by Light & Type

 Flowers by Rhi. Photography by  T-One Images  

Flowers by Rhi. Photography by T-One Images 

Credits to Modern Wedding Flowers magazine for the inspiration behind this blog post.