Post # 1
I know that not all Catholic parishes follow the tradition of leaving a bouquet for the Virgin Mary, but I know that ours does. I had been planning on DIY’ing this myself a couple of days before with some Costco flowers, probably roses. But now, I’m thinking that I can use my MOH’s bouquet instead, and then for pictures, she can use my toss bouquet in order to simplify everything and that way I’m not making another bouquet right before the wedding (I know I will have lots of other stuff to worry about).
The thing is, that my bridesmaids and Maid/Matron of Honor are carrying bouquets with all baby’s breath (like the one pictured below) and I’m not sure if the Virgin Mary bouquet should be a certain flower, or does it just need to be a bouquet? I think I’ve even seen some people that just leave a single stem, a rose or a calla lily, so just want to get some thoughts on this from any fellow Catholic brides or wives 🙂
Post # 3
In Catholic imagery and iconography, Mary is closely associated with roses (think of the roses that appeared in the tilma after the Virgin of Guadalupe’s apparition) and with lilies (symbol of purity – they are also symbolic of Joseph), so those are good choices.
When my sister got married, she and her husband lit a candle rather than leaving flowers.
Post # 4
i usually see people leave roses and that’s what i’m planning on using. it doesn’t need to be a perfect arrangement. the bouquets from costco or walmart would be fine. that’s what i’m going to use.
Post # 5
Roses are the most traditional, I believe, and what we used. But as long as they are beautiful, I don’t think the church will care!
Post # 6
Don’t over think this. We used 2 single long stem red roses placed in front of the statue by each of our mothers. I was being stubborn and didn’t order them from my florist (for no good reason) so I went to a flower shop across the street from the hair salon the morning of the wedding and told her what I wanted. $10 and about 15 minutes later, I had them taken care of. It was super easy, not planned and I think she included a bit of green and a simple bow on each one. We left them on the seat by the statue as our moms each had their own small boquet to carry and they picked them up and placed them together. Simple and stress free.
Post # 7
Thanks!! I have always thought of roses and now thinking to make it like a tribute to a loved one is even better – I totally don’t want to over think it either, so this really helps! Thank you!
Post # 8
Some great stuff in there 🙂 I’ll probably do blue flowers with a little bit of pink (my wedding color) since blue is Mary’s color. Though I do love the symbolism for the baby’s breath! I want to do a bouquet because the single flowers, they don’t leave there for very long. But the bouquets are left there for at least a week 🙂 I wanted to do a crown since I was a May crowner back in Junior year of high school but I didn’t want to wait till May hehe.