Wedding wands inspired by May Day

Today is May Day — a holiday that completely befuddles me. There are May Day runs and poles and baskets and something about labour celebrations…. I don’t get it. But every May 1, thanks to my progressive Massachusetts education, I can’t help but recall how every year in gym class we’d dance around a May Pole on May Day. Every. Single. Year.

The gym teacher would have each of us stand at the end of a long ribbon attached to a central pole and we’d weave in and out of each other as we pranced around the pole. Physical fitness? I think not. Dizziness and giggling? Lots of it.

And because this tradition was done every year without fail, I can’t help but associate May Day with May Poles and ribbons. So, today, in honor of my elementary school gym teacher – wherever she is – here’s a post about incorporating ribbon wands into one’s wedding.

I’ve always loved the idea of having flower girls carry something other than flowers (why not buck tradition?!). And what little girl would not love to carry a special wand, making her feel even more like a princess? The wands in the photo below were custom made and coordinated with the autumnal colors of the wedding.

Flower Girls with Wands - photo by Aigner weddings

Flower Girls with Wands

Wands can also make for a gorgeous, playful sendoff and can be a nice alternative when sparklers or rose petals are not allowed. I particularly like the idea of using them at receptions that take place at historic homes, mansions, or small museums because they invoke a “period” feel. (Think the wedding scene from Sense and Sensibility.)

Wedding wands in Sense and Sensibility -- photo via http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com

Wedding wands in Sense and Sensibility -- photo via http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com

Finding wands that are of high quality can be challenging, but there are two vendors that do stand out:

Wedding wands available at www.myweddingfavors.com

Wedding wands available at www.myweddingfavors.com

Wedding wands available at www.myweddingfavors.com

Wedding Wands by Mary Dann

Wedding Wands by Mary Dann

Wedding Wands by Mary Dann

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