The wedding day is just the beginning of a long and happy marriage of the newlyweds. This even is usually marked with flowers, champagne, confetti and other joyful ceremonies. It is a time to be happy and enjoy the party and everyone invited. Don’t be sad when this is all over, because your blissful life just begins! Marriage should be as joyful and full of pleasant surprises as the wedding day was for the couple. It’s true that you must work to keep the flame burning and a positive heart. There may be troubles and turbulences as in all cases, but you can make it work smoothly by paying more attention to your partner, at least from once in a while.
There will be many occasions for you to remember you and your wedding, and commemorate the date with a special party. Wedding anniversaries are by far the most pleasant and exciting events in the life of a married couple. Some couples choose to celebrate this event each year and throw a casual intimate party with close friends and family, while other prefer to reach ten or even 25th years of marriage to celebrate in a more pompous way. You know that you don’t need a serious reason to do this. You can celebrate the happiness of your marriage and your love every single day. And you can do it with flowers & champagne.
Women love flowers and they would like to receive a beautiful bouquet every single day. There are many men out there who are so happy they’ve got married to the woman of their dreams that they decide to send their beloved wife flowers each day, as a sign of appreciation and love. But if you and your partner are celebrating ten or twenty years of marriage, things should be more different. You can offer her a precious gift, like a piece of jewelry or a unique big bouquet.
Did you know that there are flowers that work with different wedding anniversaries? You can consult the dictionary of flowers to find out what bloom or species fit the anniversary you’re preparing for. For instance, if you are at your 25th year of marriage, you can offer your wife a large bouquet of roses. This is the silver wedding you guys have reached and this occasion deserves to be celebrated properly. Your wife surely expects you to offer something personal to mark this milestone. A silver wedding anniversary can be enhanced with red roses, irises or bluebells. On the other hand, if you’re at your 50th year of marriage, offer her violets or yellow roses. If it’s a winter anniversary, you can give her pots of violets or white poinsettias.
Wedding bouquets are an important ornament of the bride she must wear during the ceremony. This type of arrangement was initially made of herbs and spice and then it was composed of flowers and other romantic plants. At least this is what ancient wedding tradition shows us. It was customary for brides of ancient times – in Greece and Rome to wear flower wreaths on their head and a garland of spice around their neck during the ceremony. Nowadays, the only flower decoration a bride wears at the wedding is a big bouquet.
Compared to ancient flower arrangements, modern bouquets can be composed of anything, starting with herbs and flowers and ending up with feathers, buttons and crystal wires. This arrangement is no longer interpreted as a gift of nature, as ancient Greeks thought. The contrary, it is viewed as a special accessory meant to add even more glitter to the bride. There is no doubt that the flower bouquet is the most significant piece of “jewelry” the bride wears at her wedding, besides the wedding ring. The bouquet lends a touch of optimism, natural beauty, energy and freshness to any woman on her wedding day. If the bouquet is made of flowers, the colors can add more vibrancy to her overall look and put a blush in her cheeks.
The tradition of carrying a wedding bouquet is very long. It goes as far as ancient weddings go. It was customary for the ancient bride to carry a bouquet composed of bunches of garlic and other aromatic spices. They thought that these plants were to bring good-luck and fortune in their marriage. Besides this, the garlic garlands worn by the bride and groom around their necks signified hope, new life and fertility. It’s interesting that even Celtic brides used to wear bouquets of strong herbs at their wedding, like ivy, heather and thistle. Everything was meaningful back then. But nowadays these traditions are locally accepted, but many of them have lost their meaning.
The bouquets composed in ancient times were very powerful and mystical. They were gifted with a magical power of keeping bad spirits away from the bride and protect her in her marriage. These were popular beliefs that are no longer with the modern couple. During Queen Victoria époque, the use of fresh flowers in wedding bouquets evolved in a long time honored tradition. The bouquets of that era also contain edible dill, which was meant to bring more lust between the newlyweds in their happy marriage. Victorian wedding bouquets were composed of meaningful flowers. It was the time when the flower language was used for the selection of the bridal bouquet. Modern day wedding bouquets are based on a wide range of styles and “ingredients”!
Wedding cakes are a very important part of the wedding. Each cake is chosen in accordance to the wedding theme and the young couple’s preferences and beliefs. Some of them opt for a big, highly sophisticated and colored cake while others stick to the traditional white wedding cake. Regardless of the type, style and size, wedding cakes are usually emphasized with beautiful ornaments.
Tradition of wedding cake
Traditionally, all couples have a wedding cake. But when did this tradition started and what is the meaning of the wedding cake? Apparently, the history of wedding cakes began ages ago, in the Roman Empire. Back then, the groom supposed to eat a piece of a wheat cake and break the rest of it over his bride’s head. This custom was a symbol of the bride’s lost virginity and her husband’s mastery over her. Evidently things had changed since then, but the habit of eating a wedding cake is still very popular nowadays. The modern wedding cake was first introduced in the 19th century.
The wedding cake’s meanings also changed over the centuries. At first it meant to provide goodwill to the marrying couples. Afterwards it was considered a symbol of fertility, purity and loyalty. Nowadays, the cake-cutting ceremony has multiple meanings. For instance, the fact they cut the cake together means they are ready to share their lives and take care of each other. Serving the guest with a slice means they will also have good look in life.
Traditional white wedding cake
As previously mentioned the traditional wedding cake is white and has three or four tiers. On the top of the cake you will probably see a figurine representing the bride and groom or other beautiful ornaments made of topping or flowers. As regards to other cake ornaments the traditional ones include butter cream scrolls and flowers made of colored sugar. They impress by their refinement and simplicity rather than by an elaborate design and exquisite decorations.
You should know that traditional wedding cakes are also less expensive than modern, colored cakes. The bakers won’t have to spend too much time in assembling the cake and the butter cream flavor costs less than chocolate or fondant. Although for some it might seem dull, the traditional white cake is actually very elegant and beautiful. The cake’s design can be emphasized by adding lovely and fragrant gardenias or delicate orchids.