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Why Flower Arrangements Have Always Captivated And Fascinated

When organising beautiful events and making arrangements for their layouts and props, it is important to stand out in a way that expresses something deep about the event in question.

Award ceremonies are often opulently wrapped in shimmering golds and silvers, weddings will often use soft textures and white plumage, and birthday parties will be filled with balloons and bold statements to celebrate an individual.

However, in the vast majority of events, from celebratory to corporate, one universal that appears in nearly all of them is floral arrangements, and a carefully selected bouquet arranged in vases or around an arch cannot help but catch the eye.

To answer the question of why this is, we need to explore the origins of floral decoration, which runs parallel to the dawn of civilization itself.

The Ancient Egyptians are believed to be the first to have a flower arranging tradition, creating the tradition still seen in event design to this day of cutting flowers and carefully placing them in vases for use as table decorations during banquets.

Celebratory processions would require particularly elaborate floral arrangements, and celebrations of life would highlight one of the first symbolic uses of flowers, with arrangements placed at the tombs of the recently passed alongside garlands worn by loved ones.

They were also the first to depict flower arrangements in paintings and carvings, emphasising symbolic importance.

The Greeks and Romans would also have extensive flower arranging traditions, and particularly with the latter the tradition of using flowers for celebration would expand beyond religious significance and into other parts of life.

For example, the use of garlands in Ancient Greece was a symbol of power, honour and dedication, typically given to celebrated poets, winning athletes and other heroic figures of the era. 

Conversely, floral arrangements were also seen as a symbol of lavish freedom, and the floral symbolism that would return during the Renaissance and thrive during Victorian England would have its origin point in these early garlands.


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