Gather Ye Rosebuds – It’s Wreath Time!
For Calligraphers, Designers and Illustrators, this is the time that we are all ‘gathering rosebuds’ – creating wreaths, laurels and monogram motifs for our clients.
Wreaths and bouquets are largely symbolic. According to Bride and Groom, both the Bride and the Groom wore wreaths and garlands – this was considered a symbol of happiness. Many cultures filled these bouquets with what they defined as magical. “Ancient uses included herbs, not flowers, in bouquets because they felt herbs — especially garlic — had the power to cast off evil spirits (can you imagine walking up the aisle holding a clump of garlic!?).
If a bride carried sage (the herb of wisdom) she became wise; if she carried dill (the herb of lust) she became lusty. Flower girls carried sheaves of wheat, a symbol of growth, fertility, and renewal. Later, flowers replaced herbs and took on meanings all their own. Orange blossoms, for example, mean happiness and fertility. Ivy means fidelity; lilies mean purity.”
The Circle itself is a symbol of unity and infinity. Read more about its symbolism as well as the Symbol of different types of wreaths, here.
Aside from these illustrated wreaths for couples’ invitations, here’s some inspiration for wearing them from Wedding Illustrated.
So, what’s your wreath look like?