Flowers and romance have been linked as far back as people have been declaring their love for each other. It’s only natural that they would be a central part of making that love official, whether you’re a Christian, Pagan, or have any other religious affiliation. Love is love, and flowers are just a part of showing that love in a physical, beautiful way.
For the purposes of this article, though, we’re going to focus specifically on using flowers in a modern Pagan wedding ceremony (also known as a handfasting.)
The ways that flowers can be used to magickal enhance a handfasting ceremony are only limited by your imagination. Most often, however, they are used as bouquets, as decorations, and on the handfasting altar.
Common wedding flowers and their magickal meanings
To begin, here are some of the most common flowers to use in a handfasting, and what their specific magickal uses are.
- Asters — Romantic love, new beginnings
- Baby’s breath — Everlasting love, fidelity
- Carnations — Love, longevity, vitality
- Roses — Love, beauty, Goddess, Aphrodite
- Verbena — Eternal love, joy, good luck
While those are some of the most common, that doesn’t mean they are the only ones that can be used. If you or your partner are feeling specifically attracted to a flower, do a little research and follow your heart.
Creative ways to use flowers in a handfasting ceremony
One way to involve flowers that’s been continuing to increase in popularity is making a handfasting flower crown for either the bride, the bridesmaids, or everyone to wear during the ceremony. Some people choose to make their own, while others have it made for them. Simply choose the flowers that speak to you, and follow these easy directions
Another unique way to use flowers in a handfasting ceremony is to use them as centerpieces, either on the altar, reception tables, or along the aisle. A great way to do this is by floating individual flowers and tea light candles in cauldrons, which adds an extra Pagan touch to set your handfasting apart from the rest.
Some people also choose to use flowers to mark the boundaries of any magickal circles they cast for the ceremony. Whether this is entire flowers, flower petals, or a combination of both, it incorporates the element of the earth while also marking the circle as a magickal space. Some also even choose to add romantic and protective herbs, like bay or chamomile.
No matter how you choose to bring flowers into your special day, whether in a traditional or a more modern way, they are the best way to add a little extra, flower magick to an already magickal day.