Royal Weddings

How many of you got up before dawn on May 19th to watch the wedding of Meghan Markel and Prince Harry? Did you get excited when you first saw her gown? Were you energized by the message of the sermon? Did you wonder at the variety of the music and the cuteness of the attendants? I sure did and it got me musing.

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Floriography or The Language of Flowers

Did you know that for centuries, people worldwide have believed that flowers have certain properties, and by grouping different flowers together they can send a hidden message? This is called floriographyor The Language of Flowers.

Floriography gained popularity during the reign of Queen Victoria in the mid- to late-1800s when flower dictionaries became popular and homes would have books on the secret language of flowers. The first flower dictionary was published in France in 1819, and by 1879 books on flowers and their meanings were widely available in England and the United States.

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Historical Wedding Traditions –The Rings

From ancient times and throughout many cultures, the circle has represented eternity because it has no beginning and no end. When today’s couples exchange rings pledging their unending love, they are participating in a tradition that is more than 7,000 years old.

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Historical Wedding Traditions – The Veil

A veil is a length of cloth worn as a covering for the head and shoulders. More often worn by women, a veil may cover the face as well. A fine netting or lace is often worn by brides at their wedding.

The custom of veiling the face is as old as time and pieces of these ancient practices have come to be incorporated into today’s wedding traditions.

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Historical Wedding Traditions –Tossing the Bouquet

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church which is now available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we wanted to take a look into many common wedding traditions still performed.

The unmarried females at the wedding gather around the bride to try to catch her bouquet.  The bride then turns her back on the group, and tosses the bouquet over her shoulder. The idea is that Fate (or Chance or Karma) will guide the bouquet into the hands of the next female to be married.

Where does this tradition come from?

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