The first of May is a Public Holiday in France, officially known as La Fête du Travail (National Labour Day) but is sometimes also referred to as La Fête du Muguet (Lily of the Valley Day).
Traditionally this day sprigs or bouquets of lily-of-the-valley (“muguet”) are given to loved ones as a gesture of affection (it is also supposed to symbolise ‘return of happiness’), and in the week leading up to May Day florists and supermarkets are full of bunches of this fragrant spring flower.
The French tradition of giving lily-of-the-valley flowers on May Day begun on May 1st, 1561, when King Charles IX of France was presented with a bunch of lily-of-the-valley flowers as a gesture of luck and prosperity for the coming year. Subsequently King Charles started presenting lily-of-the-valley flowers to the ladies of his court each year on May 1st.
If you are planning a May wedding, here are a few ideas for incorporating this delicate yet fragrant flower into your wedding (whether it’s your wedding cake, bouquet or buttonholes!) , including a reminder of a certain Royal bride who clearly loves Lily of the Valley too!
May Day Wedding Inspiration : Lily Of The Valley