I wrote a blog on this last year but it's such an important subject that I wanted to revisit it.
There are lots of ways available for you to make sure that those you have loved and who have passed on can still be part of your big day.
Here are just a few suggestions, if you have more ideas I’d love to hear them! Bxx
“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?”
I decided that April's theme on social media & blogs would be wedding flowers & have had a great time sourcing photos & information!
Bride's bouquet - I found SO many traditions & facts about the bouquet!
Throwing the bouquet - whoever catches the bouquet will be the next to marry.
Why does the bride carry flowers? - This tradition has its roots in ancient times. In Ancient Rome, brides carried or wore flower garlands, believing that flowers signify new beginnings, fidelity and hope of fertility.
In the Middle Ages, strong-smelling herbs and spices were thought to ward off and drive away evil spirits, bad luck, ill health and help mask the smell of body odour (of course in these times, people were only able to bathe a couple of times a year, so the more fragrant the flowers the better!). Often composed of herbs, not flowers, dill was especially popular since, being the herb of lust, its consumption by the couple during the reception was thought to increase sexual desire. Oo-er!!!
The Victorians, who were fascinated by the meanings of different blooms, popularised the wedding rose, which represents true love.
In Tudor England, brides carried marigolds dipped in rosewater and ate them afterward, since they were thought to be aphrodisiacs!
I also found this article on Brides website which lists the majority of wedding flowers & their meanings, pretty comprehensive info! https://www.brides.com/gallery/wedding-flower-meanings
Hope you enjoyed the read, don't forget to tell me what you think. Beckie x
PS My wedding flowers were Calla lilies (like the ones pictured below) & my favourite flowers are sunflowers. Just thought I'd personalise this a little bit :)
Well here we are, into Spring & the 4th chapter of a 12 chapter book (I love that way of describing the year, so positive!) We've had a good year so far with January to March's shows being cold but popular with visitors & suppliers alike & many connections being made. Which warms my heart I must say! After all, I only do this job for YOU.
So, April, what does that hold in store for us? It's the start of wedding season & you can just feel the excitement building - the days are getting lighter, the weather is getting brighter, & everyone is feeling that little bit more positive. Happy days!
We have just the 1 show this month, back at one of my favourite wedding venues (Wait, I'm sure I say that about all the places I work lol). Sunday 14 April finds us at the STUNNING Grand Hall in central Bedford. As the name suggests it's a beautifully grand hall, which packs a serious punch as you walk in - your eye can't help but be drawn upward to the beautiful blue ornate ceiling, then you notice the height of the room, the balconies (one of which has a beautiful pipe organ on), then there's the dark wood floors... if you're looking for the wow factor, then this is it.
As always the wedding show will be free entry & family friendly, but this time I want to inject a little more interaction than we usually see. The suppliers will be creating more inspirational spaces, giving out samples, showing you examples, giving demos... you can find your wedding dress, try wedding cake, hear a live band, meet photographers... A full list of suppliers can be found here, it grows by the day though so make sure to keep checking back!
I hope to see you there, if you pre register your attendance with me on email (email@example.com) I'll even pop a little extra something into your goody bag. Aren't I good to you?? As ever any questions, let me know. I can't wait to welcome you to the wedding show.
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