Glorious Floral Crowns !
We have a cute one for you today! We wanted to share with you one of our biggest loves of 2014 – Floral Crowns!
2014 has certainly been the year of the Flowers!! We have seen oversized cascading bridal bouquet’s, elaborate flower installations that hang over tables and dance floors, fresh flower ceremony arches, cake canopies decked out with flowers, chairs decorated in garlands and flowers, aisles inches thick in rose petals and of course not to forget the awesome revival of the gorgeous Floral Crown. Whether your style is Whimsical, Ethereal, Vintage, Bohemic or Organic, there is a beautiful Floral Crown just perfect for you!
A garland or floral crown has been a part of the wedding tradition for many centuries, if not longer and has been seen to symbolise love, fertility, Celebration, Beauty, Glory and Honour!
Ancient Greek Tradition
The tradition to wear crowns at wedding ceremonies dates back to the religious rituals of Ancient Greece. Today in Eastern Orthodox Religion the wearing of the wedding ‘crown’ is still a core part of the ‘Ceremonial Elements’.
Historically, the couple wore crowns made from plants devoted to Aphrodite. The garland wreaths were often fashioned into ornate crowns as a symbol of glory and honor. Crowns could be made of lemon and orange blossom, olive and myrtle leaves, semiprecious stones and metals, or threads of gold and crimson, which represented the royalty of marriage. In other parts of Greece, the crowns were made from Asparagus. The Ancient Greeks who followed this custom believed that as Asparagus is grown out of thorns and hard dirt, thus the union of the two will create beauty and fertility.
During the ceremony the crowns are connected by a strand of white ribbon. This symbolizes the union of the two people into a single married couple. The crown also signifies that they shall rule over their household together. The crowns are called ‘Steffana’ in greek and during the ceremony are swapped back and forth three times by the Koumbaro. According to ancient custom, the crowns were to be worn for a week after the marriage and were to stay with the couple for life (some couples were even buried in them!)
The sign of marriage is not the exchange of rings (that takes place at the betrothal which begins the church ceremony), it is the placing of Crowns on the heads of the Bride and Groom. For this reason the ceremony of the wedding is called ‘The Crowning’.
Other Floral Crown Traditions
In China, the orange blossom flower crown was customarily worn during a wedding. Since orange trees blossom and bear fruit at the same time, they’re meant to symbolize fertility and were thought to bring children to a marriage.
Like the white wedding gown, Queen Victoria also brought the flower crown into fashion in Europe. She wore an orange blossom wreath (the idea borrowed from the Chinese) in her hair for her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840. After that, orange blossoms became so closely associated with weddings that the phrase “to gather orange blossoms” took on the meaning “to seek a wife.”
The 2014 Flower Crown
So today we are celebrating our Love of these gorgeous Floral Crowns and all that they symbolise, we hope that they bring love, fertility, Celebration, Beauty, Glory and Honour to your Marriage!
Below are our top picks!
Very much in the style of the Ancient Greeks. The Organic Crown is for the bride who’s in touch with nature, perhaps you’ve opted for a rustic woodland or farm wedding, certainly with an outdoor feel. Crafted from natural local leaves with just a few tiny wild flowers to accessorize. This wild and wonderful Crown will complete your organic wedding look.
Whimsical Crowns work perfectly with a Vintage Wedding style, they’re feminine and subtle complimenting your look but not overpowering.
Do you want to make a bold statement with your Floral Crown! Then go big flowers, bold colours and throw in plenty of romance for this wonderfully romantic and unforgettable look!
Bouquets and Crowns
Oversized Bouquets combined with the Floral Crown of your pleasing make for a modern and romantic wedding style! You can not get much prettier than this!!
For an Ethereal, romantic look go with more delicate flowers, flowing leaves and unique colours.
Perhaps you are crazy about the Floral Crowns but also would love to wear a Veil, here are a few beautiful examples of how to perfectly pull of the look!
And Finally, for my sister Laura, even your Pets can get involved…some ideas for Flashy!!
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Love Lucy x
Organic Crowns: www.wantthatwedding.co.uk, www.rockmywedding.co.uk, RuffledBlog, www.wantthatweding.co.uk, www.elizabethannedesigns.com, www.belladonnanovias.com
Whimsical Crowns: alowcountrywed.com, lomagnifiqueblog.com, sortrative.com, www.polkadotbride.com, , irrelephant-blog.com, www,burnettsboards.com
Bouquets and Crowns: Weddingchicks, Stylemepretty, stylemepretty, bridalmusings, brides.com, wantthatwedding
Oversized Crowns: www.stylemepretty.com, wantthatwedding.c.uk, www.weddingchicks.com, elizabethannedesigns.com, nestprettytyhings-tumblr.com, decor8blog.com
Ethereal Crowns: Mariannewilsonphotography, www.chicvintagebrides.com, www.inspiredbythis.com, skylershaw.com, ageminirising.blogspot.com, www.bellafaye.flickr
Veiled Crowns: Theknotblog, www.oncewed.com, wantthatwedding.co.uk, etsy.com, ashleynicole.ca, mevoyagesaparis.com
Pet Crowns: www.weddingchicks.com