Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Royal Wedding, The Bouquet

I love Kate's bouquet for many reasons. I love that you can actually she her waist and the bouquet is small enough that it is the accent rather than the focal point. I am not a fan of a massive bouquet where you cannot even see the dress...or the bride. I attended a wedding once where the bride looked topless. Why? She carried the bouquet far too high (let your arms rest on your hip bones) but also it was too large for her size 0 frame.

What are my other two reasons for loving her bouquet? Tradition. She carried flowers that had been used in other royal weddings. Brides rarely want to wear than mother's gown but they could copy this idea and carry the same flowers. I really like that idea.

Finally, Kate opted to follow the meaning of the flowers. Did you know that flowers have meaning? I haven't heard of this tradition being followed in years but I do enjoy the significance. According to the official royal wedding website, Kate chose her bouquet to include:

  • Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness
  • Sweet William – Gallantry
  • Hyacinth – Constancy of love
  • Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
  • Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love


1 comment:

Shena said...

Loyola University Chicago lecture by Professor Bob Bucholz mentioned this tid bit re: a stem of Queen Victoria's myrtle was included in Kate's bouquet. Did a quick google and found something on it.
http://abcnews.go.com/International/Royal_Diary_Blog/royal-diary-kate-middletons-bouquet-feature-myrtle-flower/story?id=12921624

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