Friday, January 3, 2014

N is for Nosegay

Nosegay: A small bouquet of densely packed pleasantly fragrant flowers or herbs that make a round arrangement, usually of the same or similar colors.

In my constant quest for a Wedding Education I came across a this funny word "Nosegay" and knew it was time to do some research.  This modern Wedding Tradition was actually born in the Middle Ages as a form of deoderant.  Men and Women often wore the same clothes for days (ewww) or weeks (extra ewww) at a time.  This obviously led to some stinky citizens.  Wearing a Nosegay on your lapel gave you a quick way to turn your head slightly for a refreshing wiff.   This literally made your nose happy, or gay, hence was born the name Nosegay.

As time progressed, Nosegays became a fashion "must have". Many young ladies were taught how to grow, trim, arrange and fashion these little bouquets.  As the floral fashion became more popular, meanings were given to the flowers used and soon suitors were sending them with encoded messages. As to not confuse what was meant to say, each Nosegay was made with a single type of flower with a single meaning.  

Today's Nosegays generally hold to this singular theme.  They also contain a filler flower for roundness, greenery for framing.  They are most commonly tied with paper or lace and tied with ribbon.  Many Brides opt to have Nosegay's made for her Bridesmaids, Flower Girl, M.O.B and even table decor that are smaller versions of her Grandiose Bouquet.

8 Easy Steps to a Winter Nosegay



1. TRIM MAIN FLOWERS, CREATING THREE PILES.

2. GATHER STEMS LOOSELY IN YOUR HAND.

3. ADD FILLER FLOWER TO ALL SIDES CREATING  A RING EFFECT.

4. ADD GREENERY ON TWO OPPOSITE SIDES.

5. SECURE WITH TWIST TIE AT BASE OF FLOWERS AND FIVE INCHES DOWN THE STEM.
THEN CUT STEMS ABOUT AN INCH BELOW THE BOTTOM TWIST TIE.

6. CUT STRIP FROM SCARF.  WRAP FABRIC AROUND STEMS, COVERING TWIST TIES.


7. ADD RIBBON. 

8. PLACE SINGLE PIN IN BACK TO SECURE SCARF AND RIBBON.

Ta Da!




*The Bridal Encyclopedia Tip of the Day*

As we said above, each flower  has a specific meaning.  Since we chose Carnation as our Main Flower we wanted to share with you it's meaning.  The overall meaning is LOVE but each color is slightly different specific version.

 White = Pure Love and Good Luck
Red = Admiration
Purple = Exciting and Spontaneous
 Dark Red = Deep Affection
Pink = Mother's Undying Love

Other Fun Carnation Facts:
State Flower of Ohio  
January Birth Month Flower
 1st Wedding Anniversary Flower

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