Monday, April 8, 2013

Herbal Wedding Ideas

An herbal wedding is wonderful at any time of the year, but with June wedding season just around the corner, now is the time to begin working on a unique and memorable experience for the bride and groom, the family, and all the guests using herbs. If there's a wedding in your future—or any other celebration, for that matter—it will be a special delight if it's rich in herbs.

Of course, if the wedding to occur sooner, everything is probably already settled, and the most you can do is to tuck rosemary into the bride's bouquet and add some sprigs of lavender and mint to the bridesmaids' flowers. But if you have some time for planning, think about the many ways that herbs can be used as a delightful wedding theme.

Romantic Herbs
We treasure herbs because of the special meanings they have acquired. Here are a dozen herbs that brides over the centuries have included in their weddings, with the loving messages they convey.
  • Apple blossom - We choose each other.
  • Burnet – a merry heart
  • Borage - We have courage for the road ahead.
  • Calendula - health and joy
  • Clover (four-leaf) - Good luck to us!
  • Dill - good spirits
  • Daisy - We are full of hope.
  • Ivy - We will be faithful, clinging only to each other.
  • Lamb’s ear - support
  • Lavender - We are devoted to each other.
  • Lemon balm - We will comfort each other, whatever comes.
  • Lemon verbena - unity
  • Marjoram - What a joyful day!
  • Mint - warmth of feeling, virtue
  • Mustard seed - We have faith in our future.
  • Oregano - joy and happiness
  • Rose (red) - Our desire is for each other.
  • Rose (pink) - beauty, grace
  • Rosemary - We will always remember this day.
  • Thyme – courage, strength
  • Yarrow - Our love will be everlasting.
An herbal friend of mine that runs a shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio the Village Herb Shop, is considered one of the experts on the Language of Flowers.  She has a great book available called Flora’s Dictionary which discusses the Victorian meanings for flowers and herbs in more detail than I can here. 

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