Since ancient times, weddings have been a very important traditional event that celebrates love between couples who swear eternal love.
And there is wedding a wedding, since they can be found from the most luxurious, to the most simple and intimate, but each one of them keeps an essence of elegance and formality. We just have to go back to the Middle Ages in which the nobility is seen wearing expensive and glamorous dresses.
But all that elegance and luxury kept a small and smelly secret: your hygiene.
Yes, that myth that Europe did not bathe due to lack of water is somewhat true, and in events as important as the wedding, the bride and groom were not as clean as we can say.
For this reason, the bridal bouquet. Here we tell you his curious origin.
Origin and history of the bridal bouquet at weddings
To put it in context, in the Middle Ages, there were no toilet paper, deodorants, toothbrushes and, on top of that, water was very scarce even for people of high society.
History tells that, for example, in the Palace of Versailles, very luxurious banquets were prepared for thousands of people, but without the slightest hygiene.
In addition to this, the luxurious palace did not have bathrooms, so waste was thrown through its many windows, which were there to drive away the smell of people.
There were also huge and beautiful gardens with many flowers that functioned as “baths” that trapped odors.
In the book “The Story of Versailles” by Francis Loring Payne, it is mentioned that: “The air was so intense with the mixed perfume of violets, orange flowers, jasmine, hyacinths and daffodils, that the King and his visitors were sometimes forced to flee from the sweet and overwhelming smells”.
For this reason and because they did not usually bathe due to the cold and the lack of water, the women wore very baggy dresses that managed to “cover” any unpleasant body odor.
The historian of the Palace of Versailles, Hélène Delalex, tells in the documentary of All the story, that aristocrats covered smells with scented sachets in the pockets of their dresses or in the armpits, and they perfumed and dusted the wigs with flour to absorb the fat.
This is when the bridal bouquets.
It is said that most of the wedding They were held at the beginning of summer, that is, in June, because the first bath of the year was taken in May and a month later the smell of the attendees was still tolerable.
However, evidently the smells for those dates were already starting to make their own and, therefore, the brides began to wear bouquets close to your body to cover any stench.
Generally, the flowers used in their ramos they were all those with strong and pleasant smells like thyme or rosemary. This type of aromatic plants managed to drive away any uncomfortable odor.
This was how the tradition of the bride always wearing a bouquet of flowers it was passed from generation to generation without knowing that its main origin was a bit … smelly.
Currently, bridal bouquets They are a nice accessory that every bride brings to the altar.
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