Making endless decisions to plan your wedding is hard enough without having to pick out your bridal bouquet. There are countless options and blooms to choose from, but only one answer for each question in this quiz.
In ancient times, it was common for brides to wear garlands or carry bunches of garlic, herbs and spices. The strong smells were thought to ward off evil spirits.
By the time Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were wed in 1840, floral bridal bouquets were on their way to becoming a new custom and were chosen based on the meaning of each bloom. After their wedding, every bride-to-be wanted to hold flowers when walking down the aisle. Interestingly, Queen Victoria also brought into vogue white wedding dresses, meaning she likely had the most inspirational wedding in history.
There are currently more than 270,000 types of flowering plants in the world today.
Spring is said to be the season for the renewal of plant (and animal) life. Although brides have a wide variety of blooms to choose from any time of year, more flowers are in-season between March and June.
Iris bloom primarily in later summer to early fall.
At her wedding to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria carried a small bouquet of snowdrops, which were said to be her new husband’s favorite bloom.
A cascading bouquet is one that is rounded at the top with blooms flowing over the sides.
The carnation is the least expensive out of this bunch and lily of the valley is the most expensive.
To save money on your bridal bouquet, stick to one or two types of flowers and only choose flowers that are in season. You can use more greenery to accent your bouquet or even go with something nontraditional like a lantern or candle.
A nosegay bouquet has sparsely wrapped blooms and greenery. It's most commonly tied together at the base with ribbon or wire.
Poms are relatively inexpensive while protea are always pricey flowers. Gerber daisies are moderately priced.
Greek and Roman brides and grooms wore garlands around their necks during their weddings. It was meant to symbolize new life, hope and fertility.
A pink rose symbolizes admiration while a red rose is a symbol for romance and love. The yellow rose stands for happiness and warmth.
The peony was indeed named after Paeon. It is said that he was given the flower by the mother of Apollo on Mount Olympus. The peony is also the Indiana state flower and the traditional flower for the 12th wedding anniversary.
Floriography is known as the language of flowers. But we're not talking about words shared between daisies. Floriography stems from the Victorian era and refers to coded messages conveyed by blooms between unpoetic lovers and those who could were not permitted to discuss their feelings.
You should always keep your body type in mind when selecting your bouquet. If you have a small frame, don't choose one that's too big. Similarly, if you have a larger frame, you shouldn't choose one that is too small.
The red chrysanthemum means "I love you," while the red camellia means "You're a flame in my heart," and the cedar leaf means "I live for thee."
The arm sheaf bouquet is also known as the pageant bouquet. It's called this because the flowers are cradled in the arms of the bride, much like a pageant queen would hold them.
A white bouquet is classic and timeless, but can blend in with a white wedding dress. Add texture by selecting different kinds of white flowers and don't be timid about choosing blooms with dark centers. You can also add greenery to make it stand out more.
White roses represent purity and innocence and are commonly used for weddings because of their meaning.