12 Ways to Use Lavender in Your Wedding

I found this article in our archives and since we’re moving into Spring and thinking “wedding” I thought it would be fun to update and repost it.  Just ignore the 37 year wedding anniversary reference as time flies when we’re having fun! We now host weddings at Lavender Green Farm and can bring lavender into your wedding at the farm in unique and delightful ways.

Organic Lavender Flowers-Lavender Green Farm Dancing in the fields.This month Chris and I will celebrate our 37th Wedding Anniversary. It seems as though we’ve been together for our entire lives and it feels as though we have just fallen in love. A paradox! We were married in 1969 on our family farm, which is now Lavender Green. Our wedding was simple in ceremony and music and yet lush with 300 guests, great food cooked outdoors, and lots of love! As I remember, there were flowers and fragrance everywhere.

We celebrate every wedding anniversary and mentally renew our vows at every wedding we attend. My wedding dress is carefully packed away and I can still slip into it, which I did on our 25th anniversary.

Lavender Wedding with organic lavender flowers.One of our many passions is the growing of lavender, which has historically represented love and fidelity. Our website features a number of home, travel, and wedding gifts hand sewn and crafted at the farm.

Our most delightful customers are Brides, planning their own weddings and planning to use lavender in unique ways to add fragrance to the celebration. They look to us to provide dried lavender for their own creations, or keepsakes from our wedding line or recipes for food or drink. We raise a number of different kinds of lavender and guide them on what would work the best in their own wedding.

 

Here are twelve of the most popular ways to use lavender in your wedding:

For the Ceremony itself:
1. Dried lavender buds for the flower girl to strew down the aisle fills the space with scent. As the bridesmaids follow, stepping on the buds releases even more fragrance to last the ceremony. (No one ever objects to the lingering scent of dried lavender in the vacuum cleaner)
2. Lavender buds in the ring bearers pillow scent the ceremony for the Bride, Groom and wedding party–it can be very heady and romantic and memorable. The pillow fragrance will last forever and can find a place on your bed to hold the memory and freshen your linens.
3. Bunches of dried lavender tied with big bows at each pew or row of chairs. Dried lavender stems can be cut to any length and made just the right size to work with the bow.
4. Consider a Unity or Promise Candle made with lavender and soy wax to light at the wedding and anniversaries ever after.
5. Fresh lavender in the Bridal and Bridesmaids bouquet for color and fragrance.
6. As a wedding toss, dried lavender in little net bags can be given to each guest to toss at the departing Bride and Groom. It is a soft and fragrant toss that will not offend humans or birds. We suggest the dried French variety because it is less expensive than our organic varieties.

For the Reception
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Mini-lavender bouquets for place cards are very popular as well as little lavender “shot” candles to brighten your table at the reception and provide a subtle fragrance for the life of the party. We often provide the lavender for your own creation, or we can craft it to meet your specifications.
8. Lavender (our organic Munstead variety) can enhance the food and beverage served at the Reception. Many delicious recipes are available to make lavender scented Cakes, ice cream, cookies and punch. A sprig of lavender in a glass of champagne makes a wonderful aperitif, for example.

Special Gifts for the Bride and Groom and the Wedding Party:
9. Brides have purchased items from our wedding and travel lines such as scented hangers and sachets to give as gifts to the wedding party. Mothers of the Bride especially appreciate a wedding keepsake. Our spa line provides a memorable thank you to those who helped make your day, too.

After the Wedding
10. Store your wedding gown in a large box with acid free paper and tuck in our Lavender filled bridal wear storage liner to keep mustiness and moths away from your dress and veil. A young woman of the future may want to wear your dress! Tuck lavender scented shoe stuffers into your shoes to keep them looking new and fresh as well.
11. Throw leftover lavender buds into your bath for romance and stress relief from the big day.
12. Take a nap with a silky eye pillow filled with flax to reduce puffiness and lavender to ensure restful sleep and sweet dreams. Or tuck a Battenburg sleep envelope into your pillowcase for a long night’s sleep.

 

Lavender is one of the most beloved herbs and scents in the world and is equally enjoyed by men and women so use it liberally and experiment with your own creations! We would love to hear stories of how you brought lavender into your wedding!

 

All the Best,

 

Ginna Gemmell

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Lavender Green™, one of America’s oldest commercial organic lavender farms is located in the rolling foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. Here we grow several thriving varieties of English and French dried lavender flowers and buds.




Our seven organic lavender gardens supply our culinary and dried lavender flowers. Five of our gardens feature several varieties of Lavandula Angustifolia (True English Lavender) which are: Munstead, Hidcote, Twickle Purple, and Royal Velvet.  And two of our gardens feature Lavandula X intermedia (Lavandin or French lavender) varieties which are GrosBleu and Phenomenal.

High school students from our Western Pennsylvania community engage in entrepreneurial training as they care for our sprawling Lavender Green™ gardens. During their season here on our lavender farm, they manage the planting, tending, cutting and crafting of the lavender. Talented local craftswomen also help to create our original lavender products and gifts.

Lavender Green™ rasied flowers and buds and are *organic, fair traded and never tested on animals. Here on our website, we’re proud to offer you our own extensive online shop of unique lavender aromatherapy products and gifts.

“Our vision is to bring the fragrant, healthful benefits of lavender into every American home.”

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Lavender pillows filled with fragrant lavender and natural kapok fiber

Gifts from our lavender garden are fashioned in the cottage craft tradition with the finest French and American fabrics. Our lavender pillows, sachets and closet fresheners are filled with fragrant English lavender and other natural fillings like buckwheat hulls, kapok, flax seed and millet hulls.

Our lavender Essential Oil Aromatherapy blends are pure and made from natural, organic or wild crafted essential oils. They are fragrant, complex and provide a soothing alternative for healing and wellness. And our lavender candles are made from true lavender essential oil and natural soy wax for pure aromatherapy benefits and generous burn time.

Lavender Green’s arrangements and bouquets contain artfully dried lavender flowers for lasting fragrance. And our organic culinary lavender seasonings and teas will both awaken your senses and soothe your stress-filled days.

We also offer exceptional lavender products from affiliate companies who share our commitment in using safe and natural ingredients like The Good Home Co., Aromafloria, Herban Essentials, Revolution Tea, and Harney & Sons.

Enjoy the healthful, fragrant benefits of lavender in all of our products and feel confident knowing that you’ve purchased them from a sustainable lavender farm. We are committed to the organic farming of lavender, the “flowers from Heaven”.

*LavenderGreen is presently exempt from USD 205.101A1 of the National Organic Program Regulation, eCFR.

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