Handfasting Flowers for Wiccan Weddings

Though there are no strict ceremonies to follow for Wiccan weddings or handfastings and your vows may be for “a year and a day,” “for all eternity” or “for as long as love shall last,” you might want to include some time-honoured elements on your special day.  The following flowers and herbs are traditionally associated with handfasting.

    • Roses – represent Aphrodite, Goddess of Love
    • Ivy – fidelity
    • Rosemary
    • Yarrow
    • Broom – tied with colourful ribbons
    • Verbena or Vervain

These other flowers can also be added to the bouquet, or used in corsages, boutonnieres and table arrangements:

  • Sunflowers – happiness and protection
  • Iris –romance and loving companionship
  • Peony – protection
  • Lily of the Vally – aphrodisiac
  • Lavender – bring stability and bless a home

Flowers gathered from your garden or bought at a market are more eco-friendly and economical. One charming way to use Wiccan traditional handfasting flowers and herbs is to decorate wedding favours, like a tiny box of candies, with a sprig of rosemary.

Even though I like to keep things simple here and in my ebook, The Master Book of Herbalism is a wonderful reference for those wishing to delve deeper into the magickal meanings and uses of many herbs and flowers. I highly recommend it.

Blessed be!

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  2. Tess

    I would like to send a bouquet of Handfasting flowers to some friends. Would most Florists be able to deal with this or can you recommend any?
    Thank you

    • Holly Zurich

      Hello Tess,
      Most florists can customize a bouquet for you, as long as you know what flowers you want. I enjoy sending flowers for many occasions, especially when people aren’t feeling well. I don’t use a specific florist all the time, rather I search for one close to the recipient and call them with my request. I know you can place an order online, but I prefer to talk to them so they know exactly what I need.
      I hope that helps and thanks for stopping by.
      BB! Holly