How you can incorporate scented herbs in weddings?
A wedding tradition infused with a deep symbolic meaning, fresh herbs are a beautiful addition to your wedding day – whether you are incorporating them into your bridal bouquet or using them to decorate the venue.
Fresh herbs have been essential to the language of love for centuries. Greeks wove mint and marigolds into bridal garlands and wreaths, as they were believed to be aphrodisiacs. Roman brides carried wheat for fertility, rosemary for the groom’s virility, and myrtle for long life. During the Victorian era, the herbs a bride carried held serious meaning: lavender stood for luck and devotion, rosemary for remembrance, sage for a long life and thyme for courage. During this era there was a proper “language of flowers,” a non-verbal form of communication in which symbolic herbs and flowers were combined into a bouquet that sent a coded message. Many floral dictionaries were published during this time to help both the giver and the recipient decipher the special meaning.
Not only do fresh and dried herbs both look and smell amazing, but they also can symbolise just the sentiment you need for your upcoming marriage. So let’s have a look at the top 3 herbs that you can find here on the island, their deep meaning and how you can incorporate them into your big day.
Lavender: Lavender is said to bring good luck but it is also a symbol of love and devotion, making it a particularly meaningful flower to include in your wedding day. Lavender also has calming properties, meaning it may take away some of the nerves if you get a sniff pre-ceremony! You can incorporate this herb into your wedding in different way – into your bridal bouquet, in a cocktail, lining the ceremony aisle or by garnishing the wedding cake.
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Rosemary: It symbolises remembrance, fidelity and luck. Rosemary, olive leaves and a couple of peonies are all you need for a small bridal bouquet. Rosemary scents the whole venue with a beautiful fragrance so you can incorporate easily into your table setting or desserts.
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Sage: Sage is said to bring domestic virtue and long life. In a spiritual wedding ceremony, sage is used to cleanse the area of negative energies before starting with the blessing. The officiant will light the sage or smudge stick, waving it around the couple from head to toe and front to back. Sage can be used also in bridal bouquet to keep away insects during an outdoor ceremony.