The role of the flower girl has been documented for centuries, but it’s thought that they have been part of weddings since day one.
Very early on, flower girls would process down the aisle carrying shafts of wheat and tossing herbs to promote fertility. Through their evolution they also carried garlic, a bride’s slipper and even bundles of notes from the bride’s betrothed. In the Victorian Era they began carrying baskets of flowers and wearing flowered crowns [which was meant to mirror the shape of the wedding rings]. Today, flower girls are just as important and reflect the many styles of the Bride’s chosen themes.
Flower girl fashion can vary widely, but they are still typically dressed in tones similar to the brides or bridesmaids dresses. Often dresses and shoes are white or in pastel or pale palettes. And, just like brides, flower girls can have fun with their accessories. Hair braids with ribbons and floral head wreaths are nice details that work for casual or formal affairs.
Baskets that are not only filled with flowers, but have also been dressed with them, are a great way to create a unique look and feel. Many other vessels could be used as a basket, as long as they were kept small and petite…depending of course on the size and the age of the little princess!
Also, flower girls don’t have to just carry baskets or vessels anymore. Thinking outside the box, such as a purse or wand, makes things interesting…and great fun for the little girls on your big day!
One of the more popular flower girl basket alternatives is flower girls holding signs. This is great if you want to have more than one flower girl too!
While flower girl fashion and accessories can range from any style you choose, their symbolism remains the same since their invention. The flower girls, or girls, are supposed to represent who the bride was growing up and her journey from childhood….to loving wife.