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June in Full Bloom: The Royal Wedding Bouquet Tradition

June 4, 2018

The month of June is known for all things beautiful in bloom & it is considered the month of weddings too. 

 

Since we all were entertained this year by another Royal Wedding, it stirs our interest to know more about the Royal family and their choice of wedding blooms.

 

 

Historically, a Victorian bridal bouquet, the tussie-mussie was a popular arrangement that may still be used today for any occasion. It is a small, compact cluster of flowers with bound stems, creating an ultra-charming round bouquet. ... Tussie refers to a knot of flowers and mussie, "mossie," refers to the moist earth that keeps the flowers fresh. ... There were holders made of gold, silver, or brass to hold these dainty flowers, sometimes referred to as a nosegay.

 

 

When Prince Charles and Princess Diana married, she had myrtle and veronica in her bouquet cut from Queen Victoria's special garden.  The original plants were planted from Queen Victoria's tussie-mussie.  Myrtle is a tradition in every royal wedding bouquet. It stands for hope, love and marriage.

 

Princess Kate and Prince William had a special made tussie-mussie for their wedding day. All white, it contained lily of the valley (in Queen Victoria's language of flowers, this means trustworthy), sweet william (for gallantry and the name of the groom), hyacinth (for constancy of love), myrtle (a royal tradition, mentioned above), and ivy (for fidelity in marriage, friendship and affection).

 

Victorian legend says to include ivy in your bridal bouquet. This ivy should be rooted and planted as a commemoration of your special day.

 

This year, for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Lady Meghan, the wedding bouquet also featured the royal tradition of myrtle sprigs, forget-me-not (Princess Diana's favorite flower), lily of the valley, astilbe (which says, "I will wait for you"), jasmine, sweet pea and astrantia.

 

Are you attending a wedding this June? Be sure to note the flowers in the bridal bouquet!If you want to learn more about the Victorian language of flowers, you can read about it in

 

 

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