This rite is a wonderful way for the many people to offer their blessings and well-wishes to one person or a household. It is suitable for use during a betrothal or wedding ceremony, at the wedding feast or bridal shower and may also be adapted for other rites of passage.
A wreath is presented and members of the family and circle of friends add different items to the wreath to represent blessings they wish for the the people or person being honored. The wreath then serves as a powerful talisman that can be hung in the home or personal space of the person or people meant to receive the blessing.
A wreath is created out of whatever material is on hand, I recommend grapevine, as it is symbolic in its own right, but willow, evergreen boughs, and straw also work. You may wish to use hot glue or florist tape or wire to add the additional items.
I find it better to start with fresh herbs and flowers and allow them to dry on the wreath. Dried flowers may crumble as you attempt to fasten them. Or, you may opt for artificial plants. No judgement.
Alternately, you may wish bless a besom (broom) in similar fashion, rather than a wreath.
Presenting the Wreath
The first person presents the bare-bones wreath and explains its significance. It is a circle, with no beginning and no end. It represents their vows and the rings that symbolize these vows.
It can be made of a variety of natural materials, including a foam or metal form. Whatever works best for your group. Here are some natural possibilities so you can incorporate their symbolism into your blessing.
Apple Twigs - the joy of youth, beauty, health
Aspen Twigs - Overcoming fear and doubt, determination, protection from thieves
Birch Twigs - Cleansing the path and preparing the way for new beginnings.
Boxwood - Strength and social prominence
Grapevine- abundance and transformation, flexibility.
Moss- Protection and power
Olive branches - Peace, victory, strength and reward.
Pine Boughs - Rebirth, resurrection, eternal life, striving for one's goals
Willow - Learning from the past and fulfilling wishes
Adding the Blessings
Each person participating in turn adds more items to the wreath, each time explaining its significance and placing a related blessing on the couple, or on the wreath to act as a talisman. If there aren't many people in the party, folks can feel free to add several items, instead of just one each.
Here are some suggestions:
Amaranth - Protection of health, invisibility
Anise - Luck
Aster - love
Avena - (Oat) Abundance, fertility
Baby's breath- purity, innocence, honesty, truth and everlasting love.
Bachelor's Button/Cornflower - Love
Bay Laurel- General protection, blessing, strength
Bittersweet- Protection of health
Chrysanthemum - Protection and nobility
Cotton bolls - Luck, protection of health
Daisy - Love and lust
Echinops - Strong intentions
Eucalyptus - Wealth and abundance, protection of health
Everlasting - Health and longevity
Fern - Wisdom, Luck and riches, youth and general protection
Feverfew - Protection of health.
Goldenrod- Money drawing
Holly - Overcoming anger and general protection
Honeysuckle - Protection and money drawing
Juniper - being true to yourself along life's journey
Lemon Verbena - Love and protection
Lavender - Long love and life, peace and happiness
Larkspur - Health and protection
Mistletoe - Love and fertility, general protection, strengthens all other spell components.
Oak Leaves - Strength
Ivy - Protection
Maple Leaves - Wisdom and balance
Marjoram- Love and happiness. Protection of health and wealth.
Pine - Reaching for the stars and rebirth and eternal life.
Roses symbolize Venus and love. Different colors may specify different meanings: Red for passion and true love; yellow for friendship and joy; white for humility, loyalty, purity of intention and thought; pink for elegance, gentleness, gratitude and happiness; Orange for enthusiasm, creativity, excitement; lilac or purple for enchantment and desire.
Rosemary - Remembrance
Sage - Longevity and wisdom, wishes
Tea - Wealth and courage
Thyme - Health and courage
Wisteria - Romance and enduring love.
Yarrow - Courage and love
You may wish to add other decorative items to the wreath for added symbolism.
Berries - Most berries are protective and money drawing.
Cinnamon Sticks - Protection, wealth and success in money matters, lust
Fruit - Most fruits represent fertility, love and abundance
Garlic bulbs - Protection of health and from thieves and evil spirits.
Peppers - Protection from and breaking hexes. Fidelity.