Weddings would not be the same without the soft fragrant smell of the English rose.
Whether used in church as decorations, as part of the bridal bouquet or in the table arrangements, roses are never far from an English wedding. Not only do they fill the air with their beautiful scented perfume, but they also look great when used as a show-stopping centrepiece or in a bridal bouquet.
Roses also make a fantastic wedding gift and can be chosen to help the newlyweds celebrate their special day. Not only will the rose bush flower all season long, but it will also help to bring backhappy memories of their wedding day. A rose bush will also be a unique gift, so rather than the normal boring dining sets or a gift voucher, why not give a more personal and unique gift.
Why do we carry a floral bouquet?
In Ancient Rome, brides carried or wore flower garlands, believing that flowers signify new beginnings, fidelity and hope of fertility. In the Middle Ages, strong-smelling herbs and spices were thought to ward off evil spirits. Often composed of herbs, not flowers, dill was especially popular, being the herb of lust, its consumption by the bride and groom during the reception was thought to increase desire.
The modern version of the bridal bouquet was popularised by Queen Victoria who, when marrying Prince Albert, carried a tussie-mussie, a tiny round clutch of flowers in a filigree holder filled with moss and orange blossom. In Victorian times, lovers often sent different flowers as a way of expressing their love. Flowers became part of wedding ceremonies because of this romantic association.