This summer I have fallen head over heels in love with… the Farmer’s Market. Most importantly, the fresh herbs at the Farmer’s Market. I have a dear friend that is getting married next year, and one of her first requests was, “can I have mint in my bouquet?” I told her, “of course!” I think it’s a fabulous idea, and why stop there?
Before the standard floral bouquets that are commonly used now, brides actually did carry herbs and garlic – a combination to ward off evil for the couple. Herbal garlands and wreaths were also used as symbols of luck and good fortune. Special meanings aside, I think that the addition of herbs adds a unique touch while still sending a nod toward vintage traditions.
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These small potted herbs make great place cards and doubled as favors.
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The small potted herbs are great favors and add to the table decor.
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You can use all herbs for an elegant, wildflower feel to your bouquet, or you can add hints of herbs to your boutonnieres, placesettings and chair decor.
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Just like any cut flower, herbs can be used in countless ways. Some of them are more delicate than the most commonly-used flowers, but others are hearty and will last the evening. They add fragrance, texture, and color. Don’t think you’re limited to just lavender! Chives bloom pink, society garlic is white and lacy, sage has velvety royal purple flowers. If you’re interested in using herbs, but don’t know where to begin, check out a local nursery for advice if you feel stumped.
Will you be using herbs in your wedding day decor?