We’ve decided to throw a bash in honor of our wonderful book and the amazing cause it’s going to help. And with a party comes PRIZES PRIZES PRIZES!!! So here’s the scoop of prizes. We’re running this hop until Saturday at midnight EST. We’ll have 4 winners. Prizes will be as follows:
Matrimonial Mayhem is an Astraea Press website exclusive release. This is a wedding story anthology put together by six of Astraea Press authors to benefit the Governor of Alabama’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, for the hardest hit areas of the state.
Six authors contributed:
Elaine Cantrell, “It All Started with Cinders Malone’s Dress,” based upon A New Dream
Therese Gilardi, “Marriage on Sunset,” based upon Matching Wits with Venus
J.F. Jenkins, “Legend of the Aero Dragon,” based upon The Legend of the Oceina Dragon
Kim Bowman, “The Ballad of Brenda and Willard,” the true story of Kim’s parents’ wedding
J. Gunnar Grey, “The Lilies at Laura’s Wedding,” based upon Deal with the Devil
Kay Springsteen, “Camp Wedding,” based upon Heartsight
So, weddings…they never seem to go out of style, do they? This was a big year for weddings just because of Prince William and Princess Catherine…did you catch the ceremony? Check out her dress? Her bouquet?
According to the royal press release, “The bouquet is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.”
But what else did Princess Catherine’s bridal bouquet mean?
Hyacinth – loveliness, prayer
Lily-of-the-valley – return of happiness
Myrtle – Lovve
Sweet William – smile
In past years, tradition dictated what the bride would carry based on the meanings of the flowers. Some of the more well-known flowers being roses (differing colors for roses meaning different things). Some of the more common or well-known flowers included in bridal bouquets and their meanings include:
Blue Violets – Faithfulness, a promise.
Forget-Me-Nots – True love.
Gardenias – Joy, laughter together, and wonderful memories.
Daisy – Innocence, purity, and simple joys
Ivy – Marital strength, fidelity, and commitment
White Lily – Purity, virginity and innocence
Cala Lilly – Magnificence, beauty, and stately glory
Tiger Lily – Wealth and pride
Myrtle – Love forever, and lasting marriage
Peony – Happy life and marriage
Lily of the Valley – Happiness and humility before God
Orange blossoms – Fertility and eternal love
Orchids – Beauty, exotic adventure together, and refinement
Roses – Love
Violet – modesty
Freesia – Innocence
Baby’s breath – Fruitfulness and reward for a happy union
Daffodil – Modest regard
And bridal bouquets aren’t just white anymore! For the more festive approach, a wide array of colorful flowers is available. Basically, it’s Bride’s Choice.
For the superstitious bride, there are a few flowers that have been avoided in the past.
Marigold – Cruelty and jealousy
Narcissus – Narcissism and ego
Oleander – Proceed with caution
Petunia – Resentment and anger
Sweetpea – Departure and goodbye
Rosebuds – Pure innocence, as in a child
Larkspur – Fickleness
Hyacinth – Rashness
Geranium – Stupid ideas, folly
So if you’re about to get married and your cheeky baby sister hands you a bouquet of hastily picked marigolds and geraniums from your mother’s garden basket, you might want to check out her motives. You may also want to rethink a decision to carry any of the poisonous plants such as foxglove and hemlock. But even if you like some of these “questionable” flowers, all the experts day don’t despair – use them anyway because the most important thing is that the bride be happy with the bouquet she carries.
One Astraea Press author, J. Gunnar Grey, told me a cute story about her wedding. In her words:
John and I had one planning session for our big outdoor wedding and decided to elope. We told Mama. Nobody else. We snuck off from work one lunchtime and got the license, planning to get married that Saturday afternoon, private ceremony with a justice of the peace. That evening was the local Bobbie Burns supper and we already had tickets.
Saturday John put on his kilt, I put together a pseudo-Scots outfit and met him at his apartment. We were on our way out the door when John realized I didn’t have any flowers. Ever the gentleman, he reached over to his glass-topped table and yanked the plastic ones from the vase. I laughed too hard to argue; it was such classic thoughtful John.
That night at the Burns supper, the master of ceremonies found out the reason I was carrying the flowers (and grinning from ear to ear). He then announced our wedding from the podium, saying that only a Scotsman would arrange a wedding reception with seven hundred guests . . . and manage for every one of them to pay their own way.
Yeah, we’ve still got the flowers.
You may have noticed J. Gunnar and John in the wedding pictures featured on Kim Bowman’s blog during your crawl. For those who are married, what did YOU carry? For those who are not yet married, what do you think will be included in your bouquet? Post a comment on each blog in our blog party for a chance to win a fabulous prize package from Astraea Press authors.
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