March

Spring is in the air.

Spring is the season of hope.  Lighter nights, slightly warmer days when sometimes you can even feel the warmth of the sun on your face.  The flowering bulbs are beginning to emerge and life seems to have just that little bit more energy. Colour begins to fill the earth once more.  A reassuring promise of things to come. Many of the woods around this beautiful county may be the perfect place to inspire you to create the ceremony of your dreams.

Time for yourselves.

Taking a walk together hand in hand amongst the colour of Spring couldn’t be more romantic. A quiet moment, just the two of you, to talk to one another and begin turning your dreams into reality. Come Spring the woods are carpeted with wild flowers; bluebells, wood sorrel, daffodils and even wild garlic.  While the wild garlic flower is a perfect representation of spring, its strong garlic smell may ward off any romantic thoughts! Even Wordsworth himself, moved by the beautiful sights of Spring, wrote his poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” about the host of golden daffodils.

Floriography

Not surprisingly there is a language of flowers; floriography.  Flowers arranged together in a bouquet can each hold a special meaning.  A Spring ceremony bouquet could include; bluebells to represent humility and gratitude, wood sorrel to bring joy and daffodils for unrequited love and new beginnings.  You have almost got your vows written right there.  The language of flowers goes back hundreds of years. To use them to add meaning to your special ceremony is such a lovely way to symbolise your feelings for each other.

The Symbol of Love

Roses have been the flower most associated with love.  Used during a ceremony, symbolises the couples love for each other and the joining in love of two families.  A rose can be given to Mothers of the Bride and Groom at the beginning of the wedding ceremony.   The bride and groom each honour the separateness of their families and now, the togetherness, with the giving of a rose to their mothers. This symbolic gesture acknowledges the love and sacrifice that each mother has made to make their children who they are today.  People in love, who are ready to be in a committed, loving marriage of their own. More traditionally a bride and groom may offer each other a red rose after they have exchanged rings as the first gift given to each other as they become a couple.

Alternatively, a bride may choose to have her own bouquet assembled during the wedding ceremony.  Each member of the wedding party, during the ceremony, will bestow a rose as a gift to the bride in a colour that holds special wishes for the couple. Eleven roses assure the recipient they are truly and deeply loved.   Red roses are a symbol of love.