First things first: myrtle flowers, the traditional plant of the British Royal Family, have been prized for their meaningful beauty since ancient times. Myrtle trees were especially sacred to Venus, Roman goddess of love, as well as a symbol of marriage for the people of Galilee way before 1 AD. From white wax myrtles to fuchsia crepe myrtles, there are tons of gorgeous varieties—all with a rich history and meaning.
Fast forwarding to 2011, Duchess Kate Middleton famously walked down the grand aisle of Westminster Abbey with two sprigs of white myrtle in her bouquet: one sprig from a myrtle tree grown from Queen Victoria’s bouquet back in 1840, and one sprig from a tree grown from Queen Elizabeth’s 1947 bouquet. And royal wedding experts everywhere are betting that Meghan Markle will carry myrtle when she marries Prince Harry in mere days (!!) from now.
Love the idea of adding this magical floral to your own wedding festivities? Here’s how to make your own unique myrtle traditions:
Any watercolor artist will tell you: florals are just plain fun to work with. The fluffy, voluminous petals of myrtle makes for gorgeous hand painting on any digital or paper good: save the dates, wedding websites, invitations, programs, place cards, thank you notes, and more.
Dramatic Wedding Shower Decor
We love this for showers and engagement parties in particular, because you can kill two birds with one stone: dramatic floral accents for your party, then gorgeous decor for your home. Because branches last longer than little sprigs, you can keep these for weeks with proper watering. Maybe even propagate your own myrtle tree like a true queen?
Cooler Flower Crowns
The wax myrtle flower crown dates back thousands of years before Coachella, to ancient Greek and Roman brides paying homage to Aphrodite and Venus. So rest assured, while flower crowns may be trendy, myrtle crowns are timeless accessories for the ages. Dry yours out and frame it forever, or consider a gold or silver-plated one totally meant to be an heirloom.
Myrtle flowers have a fleeting life off the tree—petals shed quickly, and plentifully, like floral confetti. Why not embrace it and make little bags of myrtle petals to be thrown as you exit your ceremony space? The air will be sweeter, and the photos will be priceless (Pro Tip: Make sure you get some polaroids of petals floating in the air).
Table Adornment (And Cute Favors)
WIll your reception venue have large, long tables? Whether you’re celebrating in a cozy restaurant or under a chic tent, we love the look of small glass jars and vases scattered along the length of a table, and filled with cuts of myrtle blooms in different heights. Particularly striking? Hot pink crepe myrtle, which pops in turquoise glass. Perfect to give away at the end of the night as favors, too.