Power Flowers Bouquets are more than just pretty wedding accessories. with meaningful blooms. Here’s how to carry one filled
BY ANNA SACHSE – CASH CTW FEATURES
Legends abound regarding the origins of brides carrying bouquets. Some of those tales are sweet, some a little unsavory, and others cover everything in between. “Hundreds of years ago, fragrant flowers and herbs were thought to bring protection and good luck to a bride, and the bridal party carried posies to confuse evil spirits who might try to steal her before she reached her groom,” says Karen Bussen, author of “Simple Stunning Wedding Flowers” (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2007). Other stories suggest women held stems that were thought to ensure fertility, were considered an aphrodisiac, or would simply mask body odor back in the days when bathing was rare. Over time, a “language of flowers” developed, imbuing specific varieties and hues with meaning and emotion, Bussen says. This romantic conceit was especially popular during the Victorian era, when the flowers could convey messages that would otherwise be inappropriate in polite society. “For example, ivy is ‘fidelity,’ rosemary is ‘remembrance,’ stephanotis is ‘marital happiness’ and roses have a whole host of meanings, generally tied to their colors – pale pink for friendship, red for passion, et cetera,” Bussen says. Other popular wedding flowers and their meanings include orchids (ecstasy), peonies (bashfulness), hydrangea (understanding), calla lilies (magnificent beauty), daisies (innocence), and tulips (perfect love). There are numerous books and online resources for deciphering historic flower meanings, but for an updated twist on the tradition, build a bouquet from the same flowers that your mother or grandmother carried down the aisle, or include blooms that were the favorites of late loved ones, suggests Carissa Jones-Jowett, owner of JL Designs Couture Floral & Event Styling, based in Southern California. Other ideas include incorporating your state flower in the bouquet or, in the name of union, carrying a cluster of flowers that represent the birth months of all the newly combined family members.