Some brides carry bouquets as a symbol of happiness, others throw them to distract the crowd, and others see them as a custom of enhancing the atmosphere of the wedding ceremony. In some countries, brides carry bouquets and throw them to her bridesmaids. Whoever catches the bouquet is believed to be the next bride. There are a lot of reasons, including a history of tradition, that brides carry bouquets.Continue Reading
The tradition of carrying bouquets can be traced back for centuries. In Ancient Rome, brides carried or wore flower garlands, as they believed that flowers signified new beginnings, fidelity and hope for fertility. According to Howstuffworks, brides in the Middle Ages carried garlic and dill instead of flowers. These strong smelling spices and herbs were believed to ward off evil, ill health and bad luck, and people clutched spices and herbs in front of their mouths and noses in a desperate attempt to avoid the pandemic and survive.
In the Victorian era, lovers often sent different flowers as a way of expressing their love. Each flower held a different meaning, and the exchange of flowers soon became popular and was linked to romantic love. Flowers became a part of wedding ceremonies because of this romantic association.Learn more about Weddings
Some appropriate phrases for a bridal shower card include, "Wishing you a lifetime of happiness," "Best wishes to you on your special day" and, "Here’s to a wonderful ceremony and an even better long and happy life together." Sentiments like, "May the years ahead of you be full of joy and love" and, "Congratulations on finding Mr. Right" are also appropriate.Full Answer >
Typically the wedding vows are said in the middle of the ceremony, after the welcome and before the exchanging of rings. This may change depending on the length of the ceremony and the different elements present in the ceremony.Full Answer >
Wishing the newly married couple a lifetime of love, happiness and health is a good wedding wish. It is also good to include congratulations and to express cheer at the couple's union.Full Answer >
Common items on a wedding checklist include booking the ceremony and reception venues, finding a wedding officiate, getting the marriage license, ordering the cake and getting wedding attire for the bride, groom and attendants. Depending on the venue, other items could include a caterer and a band or DJ.Full Answer >