Wedding Blessings // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part One] - The Inspiration

The Story //

It all started when Dina wanted to trace some roots and visit her father's homeland, Greece.  We meet second cousins and were treated like royalty with newfound family from around the world.  We then explored the Greek islands, one of those being Naxos.  On Naxos, driving around the coast and near towering windmills, we stumbled upon the Temple of Demeter.  This temple had fragrant bushes lining the walk and inspired Dina to create the Wedding Blessings Collection.  

Dina on the island of Naxos in Greece.  photo[stacysanchez]

The Inspiration // 

Dina Sanchez, owner of Creative Flowers Inc.| Petal and Bean (and my wife) tells the story of her inspiration for wanting to create a collection of products that will complement and enhance your wedding day.  We call that collection the Wedding Blessings.  Here's what Dina says about her desire to collect these products for couples to enjoy on their wedding day.

Dina says, "I cherish the customs  and traditions from my family's Greek culture.  These rituals are a part of a family and its history.  For many, this is what binds families together. Over the years as a professional wedding florist we have provided decor for hundreds of weddings, and at these weddings I noticed a trend of weddings getting sort of generic.  With today's melting pot  of culture, style and fashion, I encourage you to look at both your family's roots and find a tradition from the past to use for your wedding."

Wedding Blessings // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part One]

The Pillow //

We started this collection with one of the most important traditions in the ceremony.  The ring pillow.  But, a little backstory first.   The history of the Ring Pillow goes back to ancient Egyptian weddings, with some blogs saying "they hark from ancient Egypt, where precious gems were presented on pillows. Some say it comes from the presentation of a coronation crown upon a pillow, leading others to present their most precious gifts, their wedding rings, upon a pillow also."

So, basically, it's the sparklies, the jewels, the bling that were displayed on elaborate ornamental pillows during the wedding.   We think a modern, clean and simple solution is to have your wedding rings placed upon our handmade ring pillows.  We use an eco-friendly dupioni silk filled with dried herbs that were traditionally used in weddings by the Romans, Greeks and pagans.

Wedding Blessings // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part One]

The Herbs // 

Lavender was used in ceremonies as a sign of purity, devotion and happiness.  Rosemary was used for remembrance, and Thyme  for courage and strength, rose beauty and grace.  Each pillow comes with a list of the herbs, their meanings and a complimentary "blessing of the ring" reading.

Check back for more blogs on different rituals, history and wedding culture from across the globe. I hope to inspire you and help create some fun memories, while honoring our families and their backgrounds.  We all come from somewhere, right?  What's your family's favorite wedding tradition?  If you plan to include an ethnic tradition at your wedding, please share your story with us.  And if you already had your wedding and did something fun like this, please send us some photos and we'll put them up on the blog!  

>> Click here to purchase this pillow on our online store  and see it on Pinterest here

Wedding Blessings // Eco-friendly ring pillows for your wedding. Dupioni silk, flowers and herbs.

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Wedding Blessings | Eco-friendly ring pillows for your wedding. Dupioni silk, flowers and herbs.  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]

ECO-FRIENDLY WEDDING ACCESSORY COLLECTION HELPS PROVIDE WORK FOR WOMEN IN RECOVERY

Colorado wedding company offers creative new traditions for wedding ceremonies

BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO – February 06, 2011 – Creative Flowers Inc. DBA Petal and Bean, Summit County Wedding Flower and Event Décor Specialist, announces the launch of an eco-friendly wedding accessory line called Wedding Blessings.

Creative Flowers Inc. DBA Petal and Bean, Summit County Wedding Flower and Event Décor Specialist, announces the launch of an eco-friendly wedding accessory line called

The line will offer products inspired by timeless traditions used in various cultures such as the ancient Greeks, Romans, Pagans, Native Americans and Asians.

Dina Sanchez, owner, lead designer and now pillow provider says, "my ideas came from being involved in the wedding industry through the flower shop. I noticed that cultural traditions were void in most ceremonies. I love all the traditions my Greek family exposed me to. I have spent time researching the history of wedding ceremonies, which inspired me to create this product line. We wanted to be able to create wedding rituals and traditions from the past into easy, simple ideas that will make the ceremony more meaningful for the couple, their families and friends."

The first product to be released is the handmade ring bearer pillow. The Wedding Blessings pillows are made of sustainable Dupioni silk encasing fragrant dried flowers and sacred herbs including Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Oregano and Roses.

The ancient Greeks and Romans used this mixture in ceremonies to symbolize happiness, love, courage, fertility and energy during challenging times. Traditionally, flowers and herbs have been used in weddings to provide visual and aromatherapy purposes, but can also ward off evil spirits and bad luck. A card enclosed with each pillow can be used at the ceremony to help describe the significance of the herbs.

The Dupioni silk fabric has eco-origins, as organic Neem seeds and compost are used as fertilizer for the Mulberry trees used to hand rear Bombyx Morii silk worms. The silk itself is hand-spun, hand-dyed and hand-woven on 100-year-old wooden looms at a rate of just 4 yards per day. No harmful chemicals are used in the manufacturing of the fabric.

The pillows create much needed work opportunities for women in recovery. Mission Wear, a small non-profit in Denver, Colorado, offers a safe place for women recovering from drug and alcohol abuse to re-enter the work place, while producing earth-friendly products.

A percentage of the profits will be donated to Rosa a new fund that will provide low cost loans for continued education or to be used as small business venture capital. Either path provides the women of Mission Wear an opportunity for a better life.

Dina views the pillow as a way of combining tradition with new trends, and could technically count for the wedding custom of "something old, something new." The Wedding Blessings collection is currently available through the shop’s web site: www.petalandbean.com