If you're looking for something a bit different to decorate your tables at the reception, consider looking using the language of herbs and flowers to bless your marriage. In this ancient language, many flowers and herbs had meanings beyond their beauty or their medicinal or culinary uses. Passion, desire, fidelity, joy, wisdom all have their corresponding plants. So, why not use those characteristics and ask your community for their blessings?
- Consider which characteristics you and your beloved are most desirous of and most in need of as you embark upon your marriage. (It's a great idea to agree upon these!)
- Do the research to find which flowers and herbs carry those meanings.
- Find a living plant for each of those flowers to use as the centerpiece for your table at the reception.
- Name the table either after the flower or the characteristic.
- You may want to assign seating, and place people who you think have the most insight about this characteristic at this table. (What the heck you have to make seating assignments some way!)
- Put pens, cards or slips of paper and a little bowl at the table. If you want, make the bowl and papers correspond in color to the flower or herb.
- Either announce the significance of the flower or herb and what you want your tables to do with the slips, or put an explanation sheet on the table.
- Ask your guests to write you a wish based upon that characteristic or an explanation of how they have found that characteristic important in their own lives. When they're finished, ask them to place them in the bowls.
- Be sure to have extra slips at each table, in case someone has insight about another characteristic's importance.
- This is important, place someone you will see after the wedding, someone who doesn't have to leave early, in charge of gathering up the bowls, notes, empty slips of paper and good wishes.
- Either send the plants home with your guests, or take them home and start a garden, either inside or out (whatever's appropriate to your climate and home).
- Take those wishes home, but them on your marriage altar or on your coffee table. Put them in a box or a bowl. And then from time to time when things are going well, read a couple. When things are challenging, read some. And because you'll know the color-coding, you'll be able to pick appropriate responses!
Your community knows a lot about you. Many of them know a lot about your relationship. Some of them will know a lot about what makes relationship works. Why not profit from their wisdom and receive the blessings that every marriage needs to succeed?
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