Simply Elegant European Herbal Bridal Bouquets


The fragrant foliage, unusual textures and beautiful blossoms of a simple spray of wildflowers and herbs can have a commanding presence as you walk down the aisle. From garlic to ward off temptation to lavender for luck, these enchanting plants also carry therapeutic and calming qualities.

From China to South America, chili peppers represent wishes for a happy life. © Martin Lehmann | Dreamstime.com

From China to South America, chili peppers represent wishes for a happy life. © Martin Lehmann | Dreamstime.com

For centuries, herbal bouquets have accompanied European brides down the aisle. Sage is tucked in for wisdom, rosemary for remembrance, myrtle for everlasting love, parsley for festivity and green wheat for fertility. Marjoram produces a perfect purple petal of joy while ivy, which is typically used in wedding bouquets to add length and volume, represents the hardiness of marriage once it takes root.

“Monarda, lady’s mantle, baptisia, scented geraniums and oregano are examples of herbs with useful foliage and pretty flowers,” advises Laurel Graf in her book, “Herbal Weddings: Herbal Traditions for the Modern Bride.”

Simply gather the stems and tie with a ribbon into a bountiful sheaf bouquet. Best of all, you can easily grow these herbs in your own yard or window box for an extra personal touch.

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