Why Do Brides Carry Bouquets?

As long as we can remember it has been tradition for brides to carry a beautiful bouquet down the aisle... but why? Sure, they are pretty and they sometimes tie the rest of the decor into the ceremony... but how did it start? According to the Huffington Post, it was because brides were pretty stinky.

"Back in the 15th Century, most people got married in the month of June because they took their yearly baths in May and didn't smell too bad a mere month later, the time it took back then to plan a wedding.

Just to be on the safe side and not drive the groom back out the door gasping for fresh air while holding a handkerchief protectively over his nostrils, brides began carrying bouquets of flowers to hide their body odor. That was preferable to the groom's cries of "Oh My God, What's that Stink!" at the alter. Unlike the bride's, his bath had been taken only the day before the wedding."

Luckily, today they aren't there to mask an odor. Just a pretty piece of tradition.

Have a great weekend!

- Sarah

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