Post # 1
My mom’s family are all from Scotland (all born there), but as my eldest aunt on my mom’s side was 11 or 13 when they moved to Canada, she is the only one to remember much. She says it’s a Scottish wedding tradition to give every female family member a flower to wear. I can’t really find out any info from the internet. She keeps asking my mom if she (aunt) is going to be getting to wear a flower and saying she wants an orchid. She sounds crazy to me, but is this an actual tradition? I don’t know if region makes a difference, but they were from Aberdeen.
Post # 3
Ok I’m only part Scottish, and I haven’t heard of this tradition. I looked on some sites and I found two things.
The first one I found was if you’re having the youngest girl in the family bringing up the horse shoe up to you during the ceremony, you then give her a flower. If your Aunt was young when she attended a wedding, she may have been that little girl.
I gave the link to the other info I found.
Post # 4
I’m Scottish and my best friend is a florist, what she is usually asked to do is make corsages for the MOB and MOG, they tend to be made to match their outfits and are either worn on the outfit or attached to their handbag. The tend to be ordered as part of the flower order for a wedding
When I was younger, I’m talking the 1980!!, female guests frequently wore flower corsages to match their outfits to a wedding but bought them themselves.
Hope that helps
Post # 5
I’m English, so close! We’re having little corsages for my Mum, stepmum, grandmothers and my fiance’s sister. I hadn’t heard of it either but my mums organising the florist and that’s what she wanted so whatever! The florist said its fairly standard but not obligatory. They basically match the men’s buttonholes but are worn on the opposite side of the jacket to the men’s.
Post # 6
I’m not Sottish, but I know a little bit about the traditions.
Never heard of this one, but I could be wrong.
Post # 7
I think flowers for moms and grandmothers are pretty common in general, but from a non-Scottish bee, for every woman sounds like a lot! If you get them for the aunt, then the great-aunt, then the cousin… Seems like a slippery slope!
Post # 8
I don’t think this is a tradition, or if it is its a dying one, I’ve been to many weddings over the last 4 years or so, and there is nothing like that going on. As PP said, they tend to wear corsages but its not all female family members. Though guests sometimes wear corsages as well.
Post # 9
@HisIrishPrincess: Yes, she was that little girl, as there are pictures of her at a wedding with a horseshoe. Thanks for the extra info.
Post # 10
Thanks, bees! I think that if my guests want to wear corsages (other than MOB, MOG) then they can purchase their own. 🙂