You’re up to date on all the latest wedding flower trends in the U.S., but do you know how international brides are incorporating flowers into their big day? Find out with these fun facts about wedding flower traditions around the world.
The first recorded use of wedding flowers was in ancient Greece. Flowers and plants were gathered together in the form of a garland wreath and placed on the bride and groom’s heads during the ceremony.
In India, the groom’s brother throws flower petals on the couple to protect them from evil.
In England, some guests give the bride and groom a rose bush to plant. It is thought that the growth symbolizes the growth of a marriage, the blossoms symbolize happiness, and the thorns symbolize the trials of married life.
An old wedding flower tradition in Sweden is for young girls to carry small bouquets of scented herbs down the aisle, and for the groom to carry thyme in his pockets. This was thought to ward off any trolls during the special day.
In Italy, the grill of the bride and groom’s car is often decorated with flowers, symbolizing the road to a happy marriage.
In Ireland, the bride’s bouquet includes English lavender, a symbol of love, luck, and devotion.
Many Czech brides will find a newly planted tree in their yards the day before their wedding. The tree will be decorated with different-colored ribbons and painted eggshells.