As an overeager librarian, I couldn’t resist researching liturgical wedding customs and histories. In case they help the next scholastic bride and groom, I’ve posted some of my research findings below.
Quotations about Love
As part of the wedding planning process, I read a lot about love and the sacrament of marriage. I kept track of the profound (and the silly) quotations that I found, and displayed them at the reception.
Recommended Reading/Annotated Bibliography
Cornflower: The cornflower is one of Germany’s national symbols. They are associated with faithfulness and the Habsburg monarchy. The last ruling Habsburgs, Karl and Zita, are on their way to sainthood, and are two of the only (almost) saints to be venerated specifically for the vocation of marriage.
Roses, daisies, and sweet williams: During the Medieval Era, it became popular to dedicate a garden to Mary, and over time, numerous plants became associated with her. These flowers stem from this tradition. Additionally, roses and sweet williams have connection to the bride’s and groom’s names (Rose of Sharon, and William). [Sharon’s note: I must come clean – while we planned for sweet williams to be in the bouquet, our florist was not able to obtain them in time for the wedding day.]
Anemones: Anemones have an historical connection to both Mary and the
Rue leaves: Rue is the national herb of Lithuania, and commonly used by Lithuanian brides for hair wreaths.