A priest friend recently asked if I knew the origin of the “custom” during weddings of giving flowers to Mary, by placing them at her statue or image (which some protestants probably think is mighty strange).
I must admit, I don’t have a clue where this came from. It smacks of the Mediterranean, but I can’t say for sure.
However, this should not be done during a Nuptial Mass. There is no provision for this in the rubrics. The same goes for “unity candles”. Don’t ask to do it.
Don’t blame me! It’s not part of the rite.
Let the Nuptial Mass be the Nuptial Mass without additional subjective and sentimental additions intrude on what it already says and does.
After Mass… that’s another kettle of fish.
But back to the question. Aside from the fact that it shouldn’t be done, does anyone know the origin of this custom?