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What the Heck is a Tussy Mussie?

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Somehow in my Google wedding meanderings around the internet, I stumbled across the phrase “Tussy Mussie”. What in the world? For some reason I thought that they were probably a favor found at the bridal shower. I wondered if I should even venture to click on the image link.

I mustered the courage, clicked, and … truly liked what I saw!

From the photos I’m posting, you’ll get a general idea of what I am thinking to incorporate into the wedding.

Tussy with Flowers

The Holder

For the Groom

My summarized research revealed the following…

Ultimate Wedding said this:

“When I first started my wedding planning and saw the words “tussy mussy” I had no idea what they meant. To me, it sounded like something you would call a difficult, snotty, bridesmaid!

Tussy mussies despite their funny names, though, are actually beautiful and elegant flower holders. The first tussy mussies appeared in France during the eighteenth century and were used primarily during the Victorian Era. They recently made a comeback after Oprah Winfrey named them one of her “favorite things” in a 1999 show.

Tussy mussies can be made from pewter, cobalt glass, silver, gold, porcelain, and even plastic. Of course the finer the tussy mussies make is, the more expensive it will be. I have seen tussy mussies range in price on the Internet from $25 (plastic) to hundreds of dollars (gold). Tussy mussies are filled with small clusters of flowers that are tied. Lace and ribbons can also be incorporated into the tussy mussy.”

Word Detective had their say:

“For a little bunch of flowers, “tussy-mussy” carries more than its share of mystery. The term apparently first appeared in the 15th century, but its derivation is unknown. There was an earlier form in Middle English, “tusmose” or “tussemose,” as well as some use of simply “tussy” around the same period, and some indication of an earlier word like “tus” or “tusse” meaning “a cluster of flowers,” but the clues are thin and most dictionaries simply classify “tussy-mussy” (or the earlier form “tuzzy-muzzy”) as another case of “origin unknown.” The “mussy” part, by the way, is simply a case of “reduplication,” the humorous alliteration found in terms such as ‘cutesy-wootsey.'”

Wedding Depot decided to capitalize:

“A tussy mussy is probably one of the most useful wedding accessories, yet so few people know about them. Every bride probably has a friend who has been married and has had the experience of her bouquet being difficult to hold. A tussy mussy offers the bride and bridesmaids the best bouquet handle possible. Slipping the stems into the tussy mussy leaves a beautiful handle that provides a comfortable feel and ease to hold. Many tussie mussies are available with stands so you may use it and your bouquet to accent your bridal or cake table at the reception. At the end of the wedding and reception, your wrists will thank you for putting such a practical handle on your bouquet. Many tussy mussy styles on the market are quite small. We strive to offer larger tussies that match the bouquets that today’s brides use in their weddings.”

IL

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Written by barrentine

April 24, 2007 at 4:56 am

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  1. Very cool – and very practical with the stand! The tussy mussy may be on Oprah’s list, but I’d never heard of it before. Kudos to google or whichever site brought these to your attention. 🙂

    Laura

    April 24, 2007 at 11:14 pm

  2. Ingrid,
    Years ago, using the sterling silver handles of knives I purchased at flea markets and antique stores, I made Tussie Mussies for brides and such. It was great fun and the ornate handles of the old knives were so pretty.

    Cheryl-Anne

    May 3, 2007 at 8:07 pm


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