We are all familiar with the notion of each wedding anniversary being linked to a symbol such as silver, gold or ruby but did you know that there are also flower equivalents ?
1st Anniversary Carnation
2nd Anniversary Cosmos
3rd Anniversary Sunflower
4th Anniversary Geranium
5th Anniversary Daisy
10th Anniversary Daffodil
15th Anniversary Roses
20th Anniversary Aster
25th Anniversary Iris
30th Anniversary Lily
40th Anniversary Gladiolas
50th Anniversary Yellow roses
Source: Petal talk
“Florigaphy” or the language of flowers dates back to the Victorian times when suitors would send flowers expressing feelings which could not be spoken aloud.
Popular choices included
Red roses which spoke of love
Yellow roses to express joy
Red and white mixed meant Unity and undying love.
Red carnations signalled admiration
White carnations reflect pure love
White Calla lilies for beauty
However, flowers had to be fresh for a withered flowers spoke of rejection.
Sending roses on Valentine's day is traditional but did you know that the colour of the roses can convey different meanings ?
Red roses mean "I love you" and symbolise love, beauty and respect.
White roses mean "I am yours."
Pink roses say "Thank you"
Yellow roses convey the message "I care for you."
Orange roses mean "I want you in my life."
However, if you mix white and red roses you are saying that you think you would make a great couple and that the person you are giving the roses to is the one.
Happy Valentine's Day.
Recent changes announced by the Government will open the door for all couples to consider a Civil Partnership as an option to marriage.
The key differences in a civil partnership to a marriage are:
Whilst researching the history of coins within ceremonies I found this interesting snippet on the Royal Mint site.
The rhyme - "Something borrowed, something blue,
Something old and something new" originally had an additional line
"and a silver sixpence in your shoe"
It seems that in Scotland the sixpence was placed in the groom's shoe and in England the sixpence was given by the Bride's father to his daughter.
Putting a sixpence in your shoe is meant to bring wealth and happiness to the new couple.
Perhaps it is a tradition we might revive.
Choosing a Celebrant to help you create that special ceremony is an important step towards making your occasion a really memorable one. Why not take advantage of the free initial meeting I offer ? I believe it is important to meet informally to discuss your ideas and what I can offer. Meeting also gives us an opportunity to explore the type of ceremony that would best suit your needs.