In Provence, lavender has been an integral part of the traditions surrounding marriage for a long time. The flower is a symbol of joy and luck to the newlyweds so is often incorporated into their ceremony in various ways.
To celebrate the bride and groom, it is often customary for guests to throw lavender at them at the end of the ceremony. As throwing rice or wheat is becoming less acceptable in wedding venues throughout France, many couples are choosing lavender instead. It’s a nice way for guests to wish the married couple luck and happiness as they embark on their new life together.
Another tradition in Provence involving lavender requires a bouquet of lavender to be placed under the newlywed’s mattress, in order to bring them luck and passion in their marriage. It is also customary to slip a small bag of lavender in the bride's trousseau to ensure a happy and fertile marriage.
Some brides are even starting to incorporate lavender into their headdress, wearing it as part of a flower crown. Finally, offering a bouquet of lavender to newlyweds is also a symbol of infinite happiness.