Even the most dense individuals out there know that hearts go splendidly with weddings. I mean, its a heart… it means love… and what are weddings all about? Hearts have long had their place within all settings of love and often surface in weddings, from the wedding invitations to accents on a beautiful tiered cake.
However, we may take for granted how universally the heart represents love. The symbol of the heart is largely a Western recognized symbol for love or affection. It might surprise many of you to learn that this is hardly an international symbol. Ready for one of my “Brian over-share moments” (yep, just coined that one too)? In Sweden, people actually associate the heart symbol with toilets. How lovely and wedding appropriate, right? Not quite.
The heart symbol also has a variety of meanings within specific religious sects. For example, Christians see the heart as a symbol for charity and hope. Also, a heart with an arrow going through it is essentially a reference to Cupid, the Roman god of love but more specifically represents a direct energy flow.
I know that I have always personally thought it was strange to use a human organ that is really just a pump as a symbol of deep love. However, once I thought about it a bit more, I realized that the human heart muscle is really the essence of our lives and so could be viewed as the spot where every action, thought and emotion originates from. I know I’m a manly man, so this may surprise you, but I happen to like the idea of using heart details for the big day.
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