It’s a custom to tell the bees when you get married. I whispered my wedding plans at the entrance of the hive as the bees flew to-and-fro in summer. Autumn shone in all her glory as John and I got married last month at St Giles’ Church in Ickenham. Ealing beekeeper Thomas Bickerdike did the honours of telling the bees. While I didn’t get to share a piece of wedding cake with the colonies, Tom did a great job of decorating the hives and there is always plenty of cake to go around at the apiary.
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It’s a custom to tell the bees when you get married. I whispered my wedding plans at the entrance of the hive as the bees flew to-and-fro in summer. Autumn shone in all her glory as John and I got married last month at St Giles’ Church in Ickenham. Ea” >
Thanks Mark! 🙂
Congratulations! I am glad the sun shone on your wedding day. Are you going to be brave enough to post some photographs of the big day? Amelia
Thanks Amelia! Oh yes – I’ll post some pictures soon 🙂
That’s lovely news! Many congratulations and may your marriage be a sweet as honey!
Thanks so much for your lovely message Helen! 🙂
Congratulations, may you both be very happy!
Thank you Philip for your congratulations! 🙂
Aw, congrats!!! I hope John asked the bees for proper permission.
I think he did! He’s scared of the bees! Thanks Erik 🙂 🐝
Aw, look at you changing your last name!! Congrats again.
Yes, I’m now Mrs Apis Mellifera 😉
Many congratulations! And I love the tradition of telling the bees – great to keep it alive!
Thanks Helen! Bee traditions are alive and well at Ealing apiary 🙂
I’ve never heard that tradition before! Congratulations and all the best for the future to you both.
Thanks Safar! It’s an old custom from northern Europe, the bees were told when their beekeeper had died or when the beekeeper, or someone in the family, had married. As with all folklore, there are variations. For instance, when the beekeeper died, the hive might be knocked three times by the new beekeeper and/or a black ribbon tied to the hive for a week. If the bees weren’t told it was thought they would die or abscond. With weddings, the bride would whisper her plans to the hive and after the event the bees were told and a piece of wedding cake saved for the hive.
I love blogging for what you learn each day! Thank you!!
Huge Congratulations Emma. I’m glad you remembered to keep the hive informed.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Thanks David! 🙂 xxx
Thanks RH! I am now EM! 🙂
Loving this custom.. And Congratulations on your Wedding Emma and John.. and Love the new Mrs Apis Mellifera 🙂 Header.. And get Just Married sign on the hive xxx ❤
Thanks Sue. I’m still getting used to it all but it feels lovely to be married xxx
Fabulous 🙂 ❤
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Thanks so much!
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Thanks for the link 🙂