We all know that it’s traditional for brides to carry flowers and for the groom to wear a buttonhole but American wedding blog The Knot have found some of the more quirky uses and meanings of flowers at weddings.
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• In Thailand, the mothers of the bride and groom walk to the altar to drape puang malai -- flower garlands -- around the couple's shoulders to wish them good fortune in their life together.
• Swedish and Danish grooms sew small pockets of strong-smelling herbs like garlic, chives, and rosemary into their clothes for good luck.
• The Indian groom's brother sprinkles flower petals over the couple at the end of the ceremony to protect them from evil.
• Ancient Greek brides often carried ivy at their weddings as a symbol of their never-ending love for their sweeties.
• Ancient Roman brides carried bunches of herbs to symbolize fidelity and fertility -- and to scare off evil spirits.
• The Victorians, who were fascinated by the meanings of different blooms, popularized the wedding rose, which represents true love.
• Also in Victorian ages, the bride originally tossed her bouquet to a friend as she left the festivities to keep that friend safe (by warding off evil spirits, of course) and to offer her luck; this came to mean that the single woman who caught the bouquet would marry next.
• In a Greek Orthodox wedding, crowns of orange blossoms were traditionally made for the bride and groom -- they even matched the delicate embroidery on the bride's dress. The blossoms symbolize virginity and purity because they are white and fragile, and they emit a sweet, delicate scent.
• In Tudor England, brides carried marigolds dipped in rosewater and ate them afterward, since they were thought to be aphrodisiacs!
• According to Italian tradition, the front grill of the Italian getaway car is decorated with flowers, paving the road to a happy marriage.
• In the Middle East, the bitter herb artemisia is incorporated into bridal bouquets to ensure that marriages will survive bitterness as well as sweetness.
• According to Indian tradition, both the bride and the groom sport a floral headpiece.