Bridal crowns from Chic Vintage Brides

In a recent post during February, we highlighted the meaning of the variety of rose colors – giving a bit of a “heads-up” on how one’s selection may be perceived by the recipient.  Digging (no pun intended) a little deeper into floral history, we will take a look at flowers for a wedding and how one might choose them.

Wearing, carrying, and decorating with flowers and greenery for the celebratory event of betrothing one’s life to one another is a time-honored tradition that dates back as far as ancient Greece. The bride would wear a crown of flowers and herbs around her head, which was considered a gift of nature.  According to an article published by Ken Bolt on “Wedding Flowers – The Origins of the Tradition”, “the Greek bridesmaids would be responsible for this honor”, while “The garland bouquet would often contain bulbs of garlic. This wasn’t to make the wedding smell like your grandmother’s kitchen, but instead to ward off any evil spirits that might see fit to intervene in the ceremony or curse their future together.”

Like birthstones, flowers are associated with certain months of the year.  In The New Book of Wedding Etiquette, Kim Shaw reveals that “If you must carry lilacs in your bouquet, you must also get married in the spring–the only time of year they’re available.”

So…as you set out to plan your beautiful occasion, perhaps the following list will help you make sweet selections and guide you in choosing “in-season” blooms.

January/Carnation

February/Violet

March/Jonquil

April/Sweet Pea

May/Lily of the Valley

June/Rose

July/Larkspur

August/Gladiola

September/Aster

October/Calendula

November/Chrysanthemum

December/Narcissus

Seasonal Blooms:

Spring:  Daffodil, Dianthus, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Iceland Poppy, Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Peony

Summer:  Cosmos, Phlox, Queen Anne’s Lace, Sunflower, Sweet William, Yarrow, Zinnia

Fall:  Cockscomb, Dahlia, Viburnum, Berries

Winter:  Amaryllis, Heather, Hellebores, Holly Berries, Narcissus, Poinsettia

All Season:  Alstroemeria, Baby’s Breath, Calla Lily, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Daisy, Freesia, Gerbera Daisy, Gladiola, Iris, Ivy, Lily, Lisianthus, Roses, Smilax, Snapdragon, Stephanotis, Stock, Tuberose

Of course, personal choice, color themes and availability are all important factors when making just one of the many important decisions that must be made for one’s wedding day but we hope this will help during the planning stages.

 

 

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