Since the start of time flowers and herbs were used to express love and happiness, prehistoric civilization may have even used them as well but in a more spur of the moment event as early people were not very civilized. Although, then flowers and wreaths were used to represent status in some early tribes.
Many countries and religions have certain wedding traditions they follow that include the use of flowers, even in this modern day and age, in a lot of cultures the old traditional uses of wedding flowers live on.
In the old age though flowers were not such a popular choice herbs really had their precedence in weddings. In cultures where the bride would wear a wreath on her head like a crown during the ceremony it was originally made from herbs and some cultures still stick to this tradition. The herbal headpieces were meant as a sign of love combined with lifelong happiness, these were sometimes worn by both bride and groom.
When it came specifically to the bride's headpiece, it was also intertwined with bulbs of garlic, which were believed to keep evil spirits from disturbing the couple's future together. Along with the garlic, dill was placed in the garland as well and carried alongside the garlic, it would make the bride feel emotion only for her husband. The herb related to wisdom (Sage) was said to give the bride wisdom and goodness in her soul, when tied in with the garlic as well.
During the time when herbs were still widely used for weddings, a tradition spawned that required a kissing knot to be made. Kissing knots were made by binding roses with rosemary and then suspended in the air above the bride and groom’s sitting area during the reception. The kissing knot was believed to bring the couple good luck with a life full of happiness and love, even those who sat with the pair got the effects of the kissing knot too. Other guests received flowers too, which came in the form of small bouquets set next to their plates in order to ensure they lived long happy lives.
The role of flowers in weddings has remained the same in some countries throughout time. They might differ by religion and country, thus you should be careful about the type of flowers for wedding you choose.
At different periods of time and in different cultures a variety of flowers are used in ceremonies, even before and after, different countries may have different meanings for the flowers they use, but it remains that flowers have long been used in matrimonial unions and are a vital aspect to any wedding.
Usually, Indian weddings are rich in color and flowers! The Indian traditions and religion include flowers as different symbols in their wedding ceremony. So what are the main Indian flower rituals?
In the country of India, the brother of the groom plays an important role at the close of the ceremony by sprinkling flower petals over the newly married couple to ward off evil spirits.
Another important Indian ceremony happens between the bride and groom. While saying their vows and getting married, the couples exchange beautifully made Indian wedding garlands.
Scotts have many traditions and some of them include flowers, but they are not so big on the idea. Nowadays, weddings are very modern. Some keep several traditional wedding rituals such as bagpiper singing and carrying lucky horseshoes as well the groom dressed in scottish kilt.
As usual, the bride is always carrying a flower bouquet made of herbs and or only by flowers. The other important flower moment is when the bride and the groom are newly wed, the people are showering them with flower petals while getting out of the church.
Throughout history, all Jewish weddings are being held in an open space and this is still in ongoing tradition.
What is usual for Jewish weddings is the canopy under which the bride and the groom make their vows and get married. The canopy is called Chuppah and is decorated with wedding flowers. There are no specific flower types that the jewish wedding traditions request when decorating the Chuppah.
English brides traditionally walk with their bridesmaids to the cathedral having a little girl to lead them with flower blossoms, to show that their lives will be filled with joy and flowers. The bride also has her own flower bouquet, as usual.
In some royal english weddings, one can acknowledge that there are flowers on the bride’s dress which nowadays is optional and according to dress design.
What is traditional and mandatory is that the groom has to be wearing flowers for the buttonhole, except in the situations where he is wearing his uniform.
Traditional Polish weddings are very beautiful and colorful. They have changed a lot in the years, but many of the rituals are being shown at festivals or old school Slavic weddings. Flowers were a main component in the Polish traditional wedding.
Herbs and flowers were being used to create wreaths and flower crowns in combination with the traditional wedding dresses. Usually, flower crowns were being made in the so-called “bachelorette party”, which meant that all close friends and relatives, who were unmarried, had to get together for the night and create the floral wedding wreath. The wreath used to symbolise fertility, innocence and virginity. It is usually put and worn on the bride while symbolically the father and mother of the bride are saying goodbye to her daughter.
Flowers are also engraved in the Polish (Slavic) dresses and costumes as decorative ornaments. History shows that some flower arrangements were attached to the groom’s hat.
In previous centuries the tradition was that in Japanese weddings everyone wore different kimonos according to who is who. Japanese weddings usually take all day and night as many other traditional weddings do. Nowadays Japanese and modern weddings can be held according to all traditional rites. The bride is dressed in a modern bridal dress and the groom in a costume, but for the wedding ceremony they are dressed in kimonos.
There are no specific traditional Japanese wedding flowers. Most often the bride has her bridal bouquet when at reception and dressed in her wedding dress, but when at the ceremony and dressed in the traditional, wedding kimono, she also puts some flowers in her tied hair.
What is interesting about the Welsh wedding traditions is that the bride is being stolen by her family and gets hidden. By the old Welsh traditions, whoever finds and frees her will marry the girl.
Welsh wedding traditions include the bride carrying a bridal bouquet. Most often the bouquet is made of myrtle flowers, which she cuts and gives to her bridesmaids. Whoever’s flower blooms first will get married next year.
While the Welsh couple walks down to the church, it is usual that a little girl sprinkles flowers and flower petals down the aisle.
What you should know mainly about the Pakistani wedding is that it runs from around 5 to 10 days. The Muslim Pakistani traditions are many and that is why the wedding might take so many days. Flowers play an important part in the wedding.
Flowers for Pakistani weddings and their traditions are everywhere. To start with, Pakistani wedding flowers are being chosen and put on to decorate the houses of both the groom and the bride.
When it comes to jewelry, most often the Pakistani bride is wearing floral jewelry. Prior to getting married, the bride’s parents invite the family of the groom, who all bring hennah and decorate her feet and hands when she wears the floral jewelry.
A veil of flowers, called ‘sehra’ is being speciallymade for the bride to cover her face when she gets picked up for the day of the wedding.
On the other hand, the groom, while arriving to pick the bride, arrives with flowers made into a garland and wearing it all over the neck.
The next important place where wedding flowers and traditions require floral decorations and arrangements is the wedding bed. The whole bed is covered and decorated with wedding flowers for the wedding night when they have gotten married.
Some wedding traditions are similar to the Pakistani weddings, as most Turkish people are also Muslims, but are also mixed with more of the Western wedding traditions and styles. The bride is dressed in a white dress and the groom wears the traditional costume.
Interesting is that the bride gets to wear traditional wedding dress, but she can also wera the typical muslim wedding dresses too.
Spanish weddings do not have bridesmaids or best men. There is an old couple (most often the grandparents) that play a key specific role in the Spanish traditional wedding. The tradition of not seeing the bride in her dress the day of the wedding is also active here.
Spanish brides are very serious when it comes to choosing flowers as wedding decorations. They usually decorate the wedding reception where the wedding party would be held and they also choose the same flowers for their bridal bouquets. She would prefer orange flowers in combination with white ones.
As in many other wedding traditions, there are the rules for the “something old, borrowed and blue” and also the “stealing of the bride” and throwing the bridal bouquet.
Flowers come in for the church and the private wedding reception and the party. There are beautiful wedding flower decorations specifically for weddings that many brides and grooms choose to order to a florist.
As in most Western weddings there are two ceremonies. Food and wine are of great importance at a French wedding. The bride wears a traditional white wedding dress and the groom a costume.
Depends on the bride and the groom’s preferences. They might order French typical flowers as floral decoration on their weddings, but apart from the bridal bouquet, there are no compulsory floral decorations necessary.
What is interesting about the Italian wedding traditions is that the bride is not allowed to see herself in the mirror prior to her wedding hour.
There is no specific Italian floral tradition, so the bride and groom would choose flower decorations by their own likes and desires.
For one of the wedding traditions based on Hindu wedding traditions, we already know and have met them. For the Pakistani and Indian wedding traditions might be based on Hinduism. But here, we are going to describe what it is to have a Hindu wedding in general
To start with, let's describe all the countries that follow Hindu religion and wedding traditions, in which you might end up meeting:
United States of America.
Even though most Hindu weddings are 3 days long, every country has its own rituals. The Pakistani weddings are usually 5 days.But they are all very colorful and rich in flowers.
Once having in mind there is a Hindu wedding, then there will be a lot of flowers as well. Same as the Pakistani or the Indian weddings, all Hindu weddings have flowers and they usually have rituals for every step of the wedding (around 15 rituals).
Flowers are offered to the groom by the bride’s family prior to him choosing and agreeing on the bride.
Flowers are put on the bride’s veil which covers her face.
When the wedding ritual for the vows comes up, the couples exchange floral garlands symbolising their choice, where the bride offers the flower garlands first to show she has chosen him first. Then the groom would reply.
The last ritual is called the Havan for sacrifice for luck and good marriage. There is a fire in which many things are thrown as well as flowers.
Hindu traditional wedding flowers might also be put as decorations on the wedding day and ceremony, on the groom and bride’s family houses or on their marital bed.
In the Chinese traditional weddings the red color is the main color for the wedding, as Chinese people consider it lucky and have the color everywhere in their culture and surroundings. The wedding dress is red, the decorative centerpiece might have a red color, the groom’s kimono might also have red. Tea is key in their wedding ceremonies as well as the animal symbols they have as decorations on clothes and items.
Flowers are the main Chinese wedding decorations. There are several chinese flowers that grow in China and are representative of only love, health and happiness. The top 3 Chinese flowers used for wedding decorations (similar to the Western weddings one) are:
Lotus - symbol of longevity and honor;
Orchid - symbol of love and fertility;
Lily - purity and happy union.
Some Chinese weddings also add Peonies and/or Roses as the bride’s flower bouquet or the floral arc decorations or table flower arrangements and centerpieces.
The first actual documented use of flowers used in a union ceremony or wedding, goes back as far as the early Greek civilization. The Greeks would use herbs and flowers to weave beautiful crowns that the bride would wear, they were meant to represent a gift from nature. During this time it was traditional for the bridesmaids to make floral decorations, such as garlands, a bridal bouquet, oftentimes posies for guests to wear to show a sign of thanks, were made by the bridesmaids too.
Nowadays, Greek weddings are similar to the modern Western style ones. They can put flowers on top of the car as a decoration. The bride and groom have their flower buttonholes and floral corsages.
When it comes to the interior, most Greek weddings have their tables decorated with flowers, alongside the wedding arc and the bridal bouquet.
Some people might choose to follow the old Greek wedding floral tradition and offer posise for the guests.
Christian wedding traditions include marrying in an Orthodox church while saying your vows in front of the church’s pope as a representative of God and Christianity. When the Christian ceremony is over, guests wait for the bride and groom outside and throw rice for health, prosperity and good luck.
Later on, you can have another wedding service, a more modern one, where you officially sign your matrimony and become a legal family in front of the country and the World.
You can choose to decorate your wedding dress with flowers and floral ribbons. The veil is of great importance and can also include flowers as decorations. It symbolises the purity and expected beauty behind what lies beneath it.
Many Christian weddings decide to decorate their wedding entrance of the church, the wedding arc and their tables. The bride and groom wear floral decorations.
The knot is an important symbol of togetherness and is much desired to be present around the wedding decorations as much as possible. You can order floral decorations in the form of a Know and use the symbol in other little decorations.
The bridal bouquet is some of the most important one, hence flowers are chosen according to their symbols and meanings.
Asian weddings are a somewhat mix of Buddhist, Catholic, Islam and Christian traditions.
Weddings do offer numerous rituals that are different for every country, but mostly vibrant and meaningful. They are all done to symbolise the path in which two families get together and let their children form a new one.
Flowers are very symbolic and important in every one of the Asian types of weddings. They carry their own meanings and are especially made according to tradition and meaning. The flowers used and the purpose used in Japanese, Chineses, Korean, Viatnamese or Indian weddings are different.
To know more, please read the rest of the wedding traditions below.
Romanian wedding traditions might mix somewhat with the balkan ones, but surely, they are very different and unique as well.
Prior to dressing up with their wedding dress and costume, the bride and groom are dressed in their traditional Romaninan costumes and with their best man and bridesmaids dance at midnight.
There is also a time to respect and open presents.
Flowers are traditionally put on the wedding bridal crown. There is also the bridal bouquet, made with flowers and herbs.
Other Romanian flower decorations are made modern by the nowadays wedding traditions and customs.
They are more different nowadays to what they were before. Considering arranged marriages still happen, but there are also agreed between the bride and groom ones.
Most Arabic countries might allow up to 5 marriages by the man ending up having 5 women. The main countries to have traditional Arab weddings are: Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Sudan, Libya and Mauritania, Saudi Arabia.
You might come across an Islamic or Araba Muslim wedding. No worries, you will know prior to attending.
All, if not Christian arabs, have their many traditions from asking privately the hand of the bride to be, then announcing the engagement through the so called “Ghomrah” or the bachelor party and bachelorette party, where the bride gets painted with hannah and the groom might get shaved by a close relative.
Most of the weddings are influenced by the Western traditions and the bride and groom can be seen dressed in a wedding dress and costume. Nonetheless, depending on the family traditions most often everyone will wear traditional arab wedding costumes.
Flowers are usually used as a decoration of the hall in which guests will be attending the wedding party. There might also be flowers as decoration on the bride’s veil according to the flowers of her bridal bouquet.
Swedish brides carry small bouquets with aromatic spices and the Swedish groom fills his pockets with thyme as they walk down the aisle, this is to scare away any trolls that may want to disturb their union.
It has been a tradition since and it is a wedding flower tradition nowadays as well.
In some weddings a small, young child would carry the thyme bouquet to scare away devils and bad spirits so the couple can marry properly.
Hungarian weddings are mostly consistent of catholic and roman typical weddings, which nowadays are being held very Western-style and modern. The ceremonies can and are mostly held in two places - in the church and at a wedding reception with a representative from the local council.
Usually, flowers for a Hungarian wedding will be everywhere. Flowers are being used for the:
church entrance and the ceremony decorations;
the official wedding ceremony with the council;
the wedding bouquet;
the car decoration where the bride is being driven;
the veil and hairpieces in the hair;
table wedding decorations;
There are usually no specific or traditional flower wedding decorations in Hungary except the crown that holds the wedding veil, which get decorated.
American wedding flower traditions are so different, because it depends on which type of American wedding you might end up going to. It might be budhist, muslim american or any other combination. Might be Irish - American.
Nonetheless, if we are looking at the American or so called Western wedding traditions they are simple and modern. Let's remember that every state might end up having some traditions different than in other states.
In general, Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue is what Hungarians and many other countries still do during weddings, but it comes originally from the American Western culture.
Flowers come in for the bridal bouquet, which is being made by preferences of the bride according to the other flower decorations. They are as in the typical Hollywood movies - you can decorate your house, the reception in the garden or at the beach, in front of the church. Flower pins are attached in the hair of the bride as well as the groom is wearing the same flower as a buttonhole.
When it comes to more decorations - significant flower decorations are the ones on the table alongside ribbons or flower decorations on the back of the chair.
Mexican weddings might surprise you. They differ from both the American or Catholic. wedding traditions. But how?
To start with, there is going to be a couple, which will help and give a main gift (as a sponsor) to the newlyweds. These are either parents, godparents or any other close relatives. They usually are their role models in life and the second type helps financially to support the couple. They marry in church, thus the dress should be appropriate for the ceremony.
Most weddings include Catholic mass.
Mexican weddings are nowhere to be found without having flowers on the wedding.
Typically, there are special flower girls that look out and carry the bouquet of flowers on the bride’s party and at the ceremony.
Usually, the bride has a main flower girl that carries one of two bridal bouquets. One is for the bride that she will throw away behind her back to all single girls and the other she is going to leave in the church for worshiping the Virgin Mary.
Flowers are typically used by Native Mexicans and Conquistas to welcome the new couple into their married life. That is what is the essence of the Lazos ceremony.
The ceremony includes specific, most often, fresh flowers chosen and attached to two pieces of a silky cord or a leises and both tied together symbolising the marriage and partnership. Then the lazos are being put on both the bride and groom to symbolise the linking in between the two bodies and souls.
In addition, at a Mexican wedding there can be a flower arc for the marriage ceremony at reception.
In Lithuania, marriage and death were both given special attention in old times and some traditions are still being kept alive today.
Flowers play a key symbolic role into the traditional Lithuanian marriage.
Firstly, by tradition, the bride gets dressed with the help of her bridesmaids and the groom arrives with his best men together. The groomsmen meet the bridesmaids and the bride sees the groom. He attaches a flower on her wrist and she responds by attaching one on his lapel and the others do the same.
All family and friends are together in the bride’s house. After parents share favorite moments about their children, then the mother of the groom attaches a second flower to his son’s coat and the young couple move forward to the church’s marriage ceremony.
Bengali traditional weddings are part of the Hindu traditional weddings and ceremonies, which are also similar to the Indian rituals. Traditional Bengali weddings are similar to the Hindu ones, but Bengali weddings have more than 30 rituals for pre-weddings, during and post-weddings. This might be one of the most complex traditional weddings existing.
The flowers come in for making the bride and the groom's wedding garlands - same as in the Hindu culture. At the end of the wedding ceremony the bride and groom exchange freshly made floral garlands to one another as a symbol of love and abidance.
Recently, the Sondra Celli became popular with the Gypsy wedding dresses, who impressed the World with her wedding dress design of a dress made all of flowers.
Traditional Gypsy weddings are different according to every specific Gypsy culture. What they have in common is the fact that Gypsy brides wear as much color, shine, crystals and floral ornaments. Thus, flowers and flower decorations take special place in their Gypsy hearts.
Most important is that the bride needs to be wearing a shiny bridal dress, but there is no special dress code for the groom, his best men, or their relatives.
When choosing her wedding dress, the gypsy bride decides all the flowers and decorations that will go on her dress. The more - the merrier and the more sparkling the better!
When the groom comes to take her to the wedding ceremony, he usually has flower decorations on his car by his choice and that is all.
Jamaican flowers and wedding traditions are all connected to the typical and beautiful beach wedding ceremonies. The bride and groom decide upon the wedding dress code and if they will go big or go small on their wedding decorations and etiquette.
Wedding flowers are set to decorate the marriage arc and all around it, so the beach ceremony can also have a sense of nature.
But the wedding cake is the sacred part of the traditional Jamaican weddings. They invest a lot of money and time to order the best cake with Rum with special, Jamaican like flower decorations on top.
Not all, but the traditional Filipino weddings are 3 days long.
Most traditional Filipino brides do not wear a white dress, but a traditional Filipino costume and there is a special groom’s dance to say goodbye and pass the groom to his future wife to be.
There are no specific traditional Filipino flowers required for a wedding, but the Jasmine is the traditional Filipino flower for fertility, pureness, love, desire and you might end up seeing the flower incorporated in a traditional Filipino wedding.
Many Dutch traditions include filling the bride’s basket with ribbons and different flowers or giving specific, wedding, traditional gifts to the bride’s family in order for the father of the bride to accept the groom and future husband of her daughter.
The bride’s house would be painted in green and so on. But some of the traditions do happen today.
There are 3 most important flower moments during a Dutch wedding:
Wishing tree of wishes;
Walking on a bed of flowers after the church ceremony;
Planting lilies in front of their home for health, fertility and good luck;
These are the main traditions that are being done nowadays.
Latvian weddings can happen everywhere and are typical flower obsessors amongst all other countries and their different wedding traditions. In short - flowers everywhere!
Latvian weddings also have a couple (vedēji) that serves as their guides in married life, same as in some other wedding traditions.
Immediately after the wedding ceremony! The guests bring flowers and the bride and groom hand over flowers to everyone that congratulates them. The bride also has her wedding bouquet to throw to her unmarried girlfriends and whoever catches it will be the next to get married. Some say that this tradition might have originated from Latvia.
Finnish pre-wedding traditions would include having an engagement with any kind of rings, but most of the time they are made of gold. During the wedding the bride would get a second ring on her finger. The groom had to take a vow to his future wife and ask her hand of her father, where both men would sit, talk and agree upon a deal.
All family members, villagers and people that know there would be a wedding would be invited.
Nowadays the the Western culture has influenced the Finlands a lot.
Finnish weddings and traditions never liked or had flowers mandatory. They would only have the bride’s bouquet and some flower centerpieces.
Moroccan weddings used to last for a whole week (7 days) and are a lot more different than the Western ones. Why? Because, not many people are invited and do not attend the wedding. There are several of the closest friends and family that participate on the start of the wedding being the singing the marriage on paper. There is the typical Hennah party for the bride.
There aren’t any specific Moroccan traditions that would include flowers.
Korean weddings are somewhat more different when it comes to traditions compared to the other Asian countries.
Some families (to be) go to a teller and see what she would predict. Bride and groom wear special and traditional costumes from 2 decades ago, so this tradition is still an on-going one.
Some brides decide to add a flower decoration on their wedding dress or traditional costume. She might also wear a flower crown and hold a flower bouquet. Some more decorations are also acceptable on their wedding ceremony which are mostly influenced by the Western culture.
Cahtolic weddings are being done in a church. There are no specific dress costumes or rules and mainly the bride has her white wedding dress, whereas the groom is dressed in a costume.
Most couples would not decorate the chapel and would prefer to respect it. There should not be any flowers on the altar where the wedding ceremony is being held.
When it comes to the wedding party and vow ceremony, the bride and groom can decorate their wedding tables, arcs and everything the way they like.
What is most important is that after the church liturgy has finished, the newlyweds would go and offer flowers in respect of the Virgin Mary, whom they chrish, which is also seen in Catholic Mexican weddings.
In Germany, they carry on the tradition of holding candles and flowers tied with silk ribbons as a ceremony tradition during the wedding ceremony. The car is being decorated where the bride will be riding. Flower arrangements are also being put at the wedding reception and on the wedding tables.
The traditional bridal bouquet is also thrown to all unmarried girls.