Archive for the History of Weddings Category

Archive for the ‘History of Weddings’ Category

Wedding Traditions Explained: Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016 by Showroom on Hubbard No Comments

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We’re back at it, explaining the history of some common wedding traditions! In case you missed our past posts, we’ve already looked at how bridal showers began and the surprising meaning behind the bridal bouquet. Today, we’re going to discuss bridesmaids and groomsmen, who played a bit of a different role throughout history.

In current times, brides and grooms depend on their bridesmaids and groomsmen for wedding planning assistance, moral support, and, of course, epic bachelor and bachelorette parties. But in Roman times, bridesmaids were there to protect the bride from evil spirits that were believed to exist. The bridesmaids and bride all dressed identically to confuse the spirits. Plus, wearing the same outfit also helped prevent any rejected suitors from kidnapping the bride. This tradition somewhat remains today with bridesmaids all wearing the same dress. Although if anyone dressed like the bride at her wedding, I don’t think she’d be very pleased.

In Anglo-Saxon tradition, groomsmen acted as the bride’s bodyguards. Originally known as bride’s knights, they ensured the bride arrived at the wedding safely. They also allowed the bride and groom to run away together if the bride’s family happened to oppose the marriage by protecting the two lovebirds from the unhappy relatives.

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Wedding Traditions Explained: Bridal Bouquet

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by Showroom on Hubbard No Comments

bridal-bouquet-ideas-1-121813It’s time to continue with our look back at the history of wedding traditions! We previously delved into the history of bridal showers, but now we’re going to look at something that’s even more sweet: the bridal bouquet.

Today, bridal bouquets range from wonderfully aromatic arrangements of classic roses to beautiful assortments of wildflowers simply tied together with string. However, in ancient times, brides carried bouquets with looks that were a bit less desired, not to mention fragrances that were a bit less desired, as well. During these times, brides held bouquets of garlic and other strong herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits. Often dill was incorporated into the bouquet and was later served at the wedding to provoke lust. Later, in 16th century England, flowers began to be incorporated, including the edible flower, marigold, which was also served at the wedding.

The bridal bouquet toss has ties to ancient times, as well. On the day of the wedding, the bride was considered particularly lucky, much to the pleasure of all of the guests. The guests so devoutly believed in her luck that they would try to tear pieces of her dress off to keep as a charmed wedding favor. The bouquet toss actually began as a way to dissuade guests from disturbing the bride. Today, however, it’s used to allow fate to decide who the next bride will be.

Whether you’re looking for a bouquet to bring in a pop of color or one to purposely throw to your best friend at the reception, there are a number of florists who can assist you. (You wouldn’t want to accidently throw some garlic in there, like they did in the good old days!) Take a look at our Partners Page to peruse our floral partners, along with the rest of the premier vendors with whom we work.