For years and years brides have been walking down the aisle with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers in their hands, but if you thought it was just because they look pretty, you would be wrong.
There are a number of reasons said to be at the centre of the tradition.
1. The Smell -
Apparently, in the 15th & 16th centuries, people didn’t bathe as often as they do now. We’re talking like once a year. Brides would have their yearly bath around a month before their wedding day, and then just to be safe, would carry a bouquet of flowers TO MASK THEIR ODOUR!
2. Herbs & Spices -
Another reason said to be behind the bouquet of flowers is that brides didn’t originally carry flowers at all. In the middle ages, Brides would carry strong smelling herbs and spices, such as garlic, to ward away evil spirits and bad luck/health.
3. Luck -
Again following the ‘evil spirits’ theme, as Brides were dressed in all sorts of luck, guests would often tear pieces of her dress off just to keep some luck for themselves. As time went on, women decided it was more convenient to throw their garters and bouquets instead. Even now it’s said you will be ‘lucky in love’ if you catch it!