The Q&A Archives: What is an appropriate seed to give as a "favor" at a wedding reception?

Question: Good afternooon:

My daughter is getting married in late June, and we would like advice on appropriate seeds to pkg up in small envelopes and give to the guests. Would a flower or herb be more appropriate? Where could we research the significance of different herbs/flowers/plants? We remember the title of the song, "Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme..." Hoping this isn't TOO strange a request!

Answer: Not strange at all, this practice is getting very, very popular - my sister is getting married in October and she is planning the same thing. She actually found a company that specializes in this, if you are interested in that please email me and I will forward the info to you. Otherwise, some popular choices include "Love In a Mist", "Forget Me Nots", heliotrope, morning glory, and moonflower. I know that ivy is a symbol of fidelity so that would be a good choice. I also know that "Rosemary is for remembrance". In the victorian era it was fashionable to give and receive "tussy-mussies" with flowers that had different meanings, i.e., "let's be friends", love, passion, honesty, etc. Try searching the local library or bookstores for a book on victorian flower symbolism. I have seen them, actually saw one on Kitty Bartholomew's "Your Home" show on HGTV, you may want to check out their website at and email them about it. Also, I have read about a company called The Herbal Touch and the proprietor knows quite a bit about plant symbolism and meaning. There is a website, here is the address:

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