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Incorporate Flowers InVarious Ways Weddings are special moments for couples and the guests they invite to share their happiness on their big days. Beautiful weddings require substantial planning, as every last detail must be considered for couples to enjoy the wedding of their dreams. Flowers play a big role in many weddings, and couples can add beauty and ambiance to the event by using floral arrangements in various ways. Modern floral arrangements are stunning, and many couples may not know that herbs, spices and flowers have been used in weddings for centuries. Today, flowers are used to decorate wedding venues, impart sweet fragrances and complement formal attire, but in ancient times they were used differently. Flowers were used to bestow good luck on the couple and keep bad omens away. Brides carried aromatic flowers and spices to keep evil spirits from spoiling the festivities, and some even tucked bulbs of garlic into their bouquets. In ancient Greece and Rome, both the bride and groom wore garlands made out of strongsmelling herbs flowers around their necks or heads. These wreaths were considered gifts of nature, and thus extremely appropriate for a wedding. Traditionally, bridesmaids would be responsible for fashioning these floral components. In ancient Sweden, young girls would carry small bouquets of fragrant herbs down the aisle and the groom would put thyme in his pocket. These aromatics were thought to help keep trolls at bay. Besides warding off spirits or hungry trolls, flowers also served more practical purposes throughout history. During the Middle Ages, people bathed less frequently than they do today. Bathing might only have occurred twice a year, once during summer and then again at Christmastime. Because many weddings took place in the spring, flowers were used to mask bodily odors. Not only were flowers and herbs carried, but they also would be sewn into clothing. Modern brides and grooms may no longer see their wedding days as times for opportunistic evil spirits but that doesn’t mean that couples cannot borrow from ancient traditions and incorporate flowers into their weddings in various ways. • Wreaths and garlands: Ask the florist to weave small flower buds, berries and vines to a headband, wreath or piece of twine so that the bride and groom can wear these flowers in the way they were worn by ancient Greeks and Romans. When coupled with Grecian-styled wedding gowns, brides can look like beautiful goddesses on their wedding days. • Fragrant favors: Tuck dried rose petals and other fragrant flowers into sachets that are embroidered with the wedding date and couple’s names. Guests can use these sachets to keep clothings smelling fresh in drawers or as subtle air fresheners around the house. • Edible flowers: Ask the caterer to make meals flower-friendly by including some edible blooms in the salad or as a garnish on meals. • Raining petals: In lieu of bubbles or birdseed, guests can shower the newlyweds with rose petals after the ceremony. • Memorial: Some couples like to honor departed family members. Floral arrangements with small placards can make for fitting memorials. v MetroCreative Connection Sandals® Resorts are designed for romance with luxurious love nest suites, pristine Sandals Resorts are beaches and gourmet dining for two. Here, designed for romance with luxurious love nest suites, wedding unites with the your destination pristine beachesamenities of the Luxury Included® endless and gourmet dining for two. Here, your Honeymoon to create the exclusive destination wedding unites WeddingMoon. with the endless amenities It’s the perfect start to the of theperfectIncluded Luxury marriage where your honeymoon Honeymoon tothe moment you say, “I do. begins create the ” ® Jamaica • Antigua • Saint Lucia • Bahamas • Grenada Call your travel agent for details: Call your travel agent for details: All About Travel, Inc. ® exclusive WeddingMoon. It’s the perfect start to the perfect marriage where your honeymoon begins the moment you say, “I do.” 3801 S. Western Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57105 Sandals is a registered trademark. Unique Vacations, Inc., is the 605-339-8911 • www.allabouttravel.org affiliate of the worldwide representative of Sandals Resorts. ® Sandals® is a registered trademark. Unique Vacations, Inc., is the affiliate of the worldwide representative of Sandals Resorts. Wedding Planner 2017v9
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