For the gentleman . . . a Rose for the lady . . . a fragrant bouquet.
The Ladies Bouquet and the Gentleman's Boutionnere
Introduction to the
The tradition of wedding flowers began with the ancient Greeks and Romans. Both the bride and groom donned crowns and garland for wedding ceremonies. Different flowers symbolized different attributes.
· Ivy was worn by brides and symbolized eternal love and fidelity.
· Sage signified wisdom.
· Dill signified lust.
· Garlic warded off evil spirits
· Orange blossoms symbolized fertility
because the tree’s fruits and flowers
Flowers grew significantly more popular during the Middle Ages, likely because of the Mary Gardens — gardens that were dedicated to the worship of Virgin Mary. Flowers picked from these gardens signified her presence. Certain flowers also symbolized the divine in religious wedding ceremonies.
Flowers increasingly were used for their scents in practical fashion, such as to mask the odor caused by plagues. It wasn’t until the Victorian era that wedding flowers reached a much higher level of romanticism.
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Introduction to the Boutonniere
Most men will wear a flower on the lapel of their jacket only a handful of times in their lifetime. This is a shame. Nothing adds panache to a man’s appearance like the confidence embodied in wearing a stylish boutonniere. A simple flower worn on the lapel of a jacket is a gesture full of meaning that extends beyond the flower. Boutonnieres are a symbol of fragile life, of beauty in nature, of love undefined yet captured in a single bloom.
The purpose of this article is to re-introduce you to the boutonniere. Many of us have had one forced upon us, either at a high school prom where we wore it for a picture and then disposed of it or at a wedding where we had one pinned on us at the last minute for the ceremony. Not the best way to introduce perhaps the most perfect menswear accessory. So let’s hit the reset button and try this again.
Flowers and Masculinity
To start off I want to address the issue of wearing flowers and masculinity; there are many men who will dismiss the boutonniere as feminine. Nothing could be further from the truth. Great statesmen, warriors, and poets have worn flowers for over a millennium. Soldiers headed to war have proudly worn flowers on their chests, and here in the United States every January 1st two of college football’s best teams square off wearing roses on their uniforms. The victors of our greatest athletic events are congratulated with bouquets of flowers – and on days of remembrance we honor our fallen with poppies and other blooms.
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