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There was a time when most brides would not have considered even holding a bouquet unless it contained a wonderful array of fragrant roses.


Centuries ago, during the Middle Ages, some brides apparently used herb-based bouquets in the hope that they would mask their not too pleasant body odour. It would not have been unusual to come across garlic or dill in a bouquet of this era.

Another story is that pungent herbs were used in bridal bouquets to ward off evil spirits or even diseases such as the Black Plague.

Roman women adorned their heads by twisting flowers into their hair, and carried bouquets that might have included marjoram, rosemary, lavender, sage and myrtle.

Each of these herbs were used for what they symbolised. For example, myrtle represented fertility and purity.


They say that what goes around comes around. Interestingly enough in the case of bouquets this seems to be true. Why? Because now more than ever brides are turning to the use of fragrant shrubs and plants. They are also using less blooms in their bouquets.

Do you need some help or inspiration? Take a look at our top ten choice of scented flowers.


Freesia – A delicate flower which is available in a variety of vibrant colours. It’s small, but it’s packed with perfume power.

Lavender – If you like the colour purple this is the go to plant. For a more showy flower use French lavender which has several rich coloured purple petals at the tip of each sprig. I believe It has a stronger smell too.

Lilac – These blooms have a wonderful aroma. You can get them in different shades of purple, pink or white.

Lily – Beautiful big star shaped blooms which come in a variety of colours. Word of warning – pinch out the stamen in order to prevent any pollen stains.

Sweet peas – These flowers smell as good as they look and come in such an array of colours. They look wonderful in mixed bunches.

Gardenia – A gorgeous bloom which smells so good. Ideal for use in any white bouquet.

Magnolia -The magnificent magnolia comes in pretty pastel colours. Their blooms can be quite large, so you won’t need many for your bouquet.

Honeysuckle – Another delicate flower that comes in a variety of colours, with a seriously super scent. They work well with roses.

Stocks – A lovely scented flower which comes in lots of colours. It works well on its own, but also makes a fantastic filler flower

Waxflowers – What can I say? They smell lovely. Each tiny flower is a wonderful work of art. They work well used in clusters, and I believe they give Gypsophila a run for its money. Mostly available in cerise, lilac and white

There you have it, 10 of our favourite flowers with fragrance. Feel free to contact us and let us know what your favourite flowers are.

PC Creations welcomes your feedback.

Whatever your choice, we wish you every success with your wedding /event planning.

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