The French Marriage Armoire has great tradition. A groom's family gave it to the couple as a symbol of love. Many of the most elaborate armoires were hand-made and highly decorated. Many of them came from Arles, a city in a region located in the southern part of France. Some of the ornamentation has symbolic meanings:
Two or more birds were symbols of companionship and love.
Eggs and smaller birds indicated the "nest" the couple would build together and perhaps the number of children that would bless their union.
The bowls or tureens demonstrated wishes for bounty, wealth and long life.
Olive branches and leaves represented peace.
Flowers suggested joy, laughter and hope.
Rose thorns reminded couples that along with happiness, difficulties and challenges would occur during marriage.