My husband and I were married last June in my hometown in southern
His parents are both Czech immigrants (father from
Morava-Slovacko near Uherske Hradiste; mother from eastern Bohemia near
I read several books on international wedding customs
in an effort to have our wedding reflect our cultural backgrounds (I was
raised in the southern United States).
I found a small blurb in a wedding traditions book published in England that described the weaving
of a rosemary wreath for Czech, especially Moravian, brides.
The custom is also practiced by the Rusyns of eastern Slovakia.
According to the book, whose title I have now forgotten, a bride wove her wreath
of rosemary the night before her wedding. I cheated a little bit and
bought a rosemary plant and had my florist make the wreath for me.
When my father-in-law saw the wreath, he knew immediately what it was. He
said he remembered his parents talking of this old custom.
Best wishes to anyone who tries this, but be warned...the rosemary sheds
during the reception afterward!
Ramona Murphy Bartos
You can reach Ramona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rosemary plant is called Maryanka in Czech. There are many poems written
about Maryanka. Many of the the poems are associated with weddings.
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