We’re IN LOVE with wildflower bouquets, aren’t you? They're simple, fun, and have a whole lot of character. And personally speaking, they remind us of our Polish roots!
If you’re planning a Polish wedding you’ll definitely want wildflowers. Many brides in Poland opt for a simple bouquet made from the flowers in their mom’s, aunt’s or grandmother’s garden. The most traditional bouquets feature all the colors of the rainbow, like this one:
Here’s a list of traditional Polish flowers and herbs that are a must for any Polish bridal bouquet:
Poppies: (in Polish maki [“mah-key”] )...Oriental poppies (red with a black eye in the center) are the national flower of Poland and an essential part of every Polish garden. Poppies can symbolize dreams, beauty, fertility, and eternal life. A word of warning...poppies can get expensive, and they’re not available all year (they’re a summer flower), so if you’re looking for a cheaper and more available alternative, try the similar-looking anemone flowers instead.
Pussywillow: (in Polish wierzba [“vye-zh-bah”] or bazia [“bah-zhah”]...Quite possibly one of Poland’s most treasured plants! Commonly available only in spring, Poles usually use pussywillow branches instead of palms at church services on Easter Sunday. Pussywillow is a symbol of awakening and the future, and can also symbolize motherhood.
Daisies, Bachelor Buttons, Waxflowers, Gold Yarrow, Goldenrod, Iris and Delphinium: These are common field and garden flowers in Poland and are relatively easy to get almost everywhere else too.
Herbs: Lavender, Mint, Rosemary, St. John’s Wort, Dill Flowers, Chamomile, Thistle, Sage...Polish people are very fond of herbs, and any of these herbs in a bouquet will smell amazing! Bonus...you can dry the bouquet and have it for months or even years to come.
Hypericum berries, Ferns, Boxwood, Myrtle, Pittosporum and other leaves: Berries and leaves grow wild on the sides of the road in Poland, and Boxwood, Myrtle and Pittosporum bushes are found in almost every Polish garden. They’re a must to fill out your bouquet!
Wheat and grasses: Poland is famous for its fields of grains stretching for miles on end. Wheat in bouquets symbolize charity and love and they add a beautiful rustic feel to a bouquet. It's perfectly Polish!