Many of today's popular wedding ceremony and reception traditions can be traced to ancient Egyptian and European customs. These were often based on symbolism, superstition, folklore, religion, and even the belief that evil spirits could bring disease and death to newlyweds and crops, which was very important in many farm-based early cultures. Although the exact origin and usefulness of many of these early wedding traditions are not always clear, popular acceptance has allowed them to flourish. Besides, many of these wedding traditions are just plain fun!
In ancient times, it was believed that a Bride was especially lucky on her wedding day. Guests would sometimes tear at her dress for a souvenir piece of good luck to take home. The Bride's tossing of her bouquet grew from her desire to offer a good luck souvenir, and prevent guests from bothering her (and her dress!) during her reception
The proper bridal bouquet for a 1900s bride would be what they call a arm sheaf bouquet . Popular in the early 1900′s under the name of Bernhardt bouquets and inspired by bouquets given to the actress, Sarah Bernhardt. The bride carries the bouquet cradled in her arm, also known as a presentation bouquet. Flowers of choice were white roses, white orchids, lilies of the valley, or orange blossoms. A lot of Brides to this day still choice the more traditional "Presentation Bouquet".
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Wedding Photo taken in Baltimore in the Early 1930's.