In Medieval times brides used to carry herbs rather than flowers. This practice is thought to originate from the belief that the herbs would protect the couple from evil spirits and illness. There was also an added benefit that the smell of the herbs disguised body odour !
Around the 1700's brides started to carry flowers. Different flowers had different meanings and the bouquet reflected the hopes of the bride.
Today's brides have a wide range of styles and flowers to choose from and a bouquet still can reflect their hopes and aspirations.
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