- Publish Date
- Saturday, 8 April 2017, 4:43PM
It's a tradition that we thought was pretty and cute, but it turns out there are particular reasons why brides actually hold a bouquet as the walk down the aisle.
The origins of this tradition are for the three following reasons:
1. The smell
Back in the 15th & 16th centuries, people didn’t bathe as often as they do now. Brides would have their yearly bath (yup, yearly!) around a month before their wedding day, and then just to be safe, would carry a bouquet of flowers to mask the odour... ewww.
2. Herbs & spices
Before they held flowers, brides held strong smelling herbs and spices, such as garlic, to ward away evil spirits and bad luck/health. This was then just easily replaced by flowers in more modern times.
If you don't have a bouquet then you can't throw it over your shoulder after you're married! A popular wedding tradition, of course, is to throw that bouquet over your should, and for those who catches it, it’s said you will be ‘lucky in love’!