Flower girls through the ages, and how to add a little originality to yours!

February 17, 2015

Your flower girl, perhaps the cutest little person at your entire ceremony, plays a very important, prominent role in the wedding procession. Aside from looking adorably pretty in her special flower girl dress as she makes her way scattering petals along the aisle, having a flower girl is a great way for a bride to involve the youngest generation of the family on the big day. Her tiny flower girl equivalents throughout the ages played a similar part, but just how did they come about?

Flower girl power

The history of flower girls was first documented way back in the times of the Ancient Romans, but many scholars believe that they have been part of the wedding ceremony from the very start.  

There is sufficient evidence to suggest that flower girls, during those Roman times, walked down the bridal path carrying heads of corn and throwing herbs before the bride's feet in an effort to promote fertility. What's more, such items meant a great deal to the people of those times, as, alongside fertility, they also symbolised prosperity. 

The flower girl became a mainstay of the wedding precession as times progressed. In the Middle Ages, the world's population was deeply superstitious and worried constantly about evil supernatural beings. Thus, garlic replaced the flower girl's wheat and herbs of earlier times, as it was thought that the strong-smelling bulb would ward off wicked spirits from the ceremony. 

It wasn't until the Elizabethan Era (1558-1603) that the flower girl actually became armed with flowers, of a sort. During this period, young girls would lay a trail of petals from the brides home all the way to the church (if it wasn't too windy!), and would also carry the bridal cup, which would look resplendent in its myriad of colourful ribbons and flowers.

The modern flower girl 

It was during the 19th century that flower girls largely became similar to the little cherubs that we see today. They started to carry bunches of flowers or wicker baskets full of petals, wearing flowered crowns that were intended to match the shape of the wedding rings. Of course, this is largely what the modern-day flower girl does, but her activities can sometimes go beyond simply looking adorable!

Flowers and frocks

The style of flower girl dresses varies, but it is often the case that their frock is similar in colour to that of the the bride's. White, pale and pastel hues are especially popular, and Eternal Weddings has a huge range of both bridal and flower girl attire. By visiting our Melbourne showroom, our expert assistants can help you choose exactly which wedding dress will be perfect for you, as well as matching it with the flower girl frock that will complement it beautifully. 

Traditionally, the parents of the flower girl are the ones who pay for her dress and other trinkets, but that doesn't mean that you should stay completely out of proceedings. Far from it – it's important to confer with her parents so that you are singing from the same hymn sheet. To this end, you should try and hit a fairly consistent style between your entire wedding party, from yourself all the way to your little flower girl. 

However, you can have a little more fun with your flower girl with regards to accessories, and it will be exciting for her too! There is a great range of hair adornments, from tiaras to kooky flower arrangements, that you can decorate her pretty little head with, and a huge range of bouquets, wreathes and petals for her to carry. You could even go against the grain and give your flower girl a lovely ribbon wand, or even lovingly crafted signs that display suitable messages – 'Here comes the bride' or simply 'love.'

No matter how your flower girl dresses and whatever she is accessorised with, one thing is sure: she's certain to be the belle of the ball, after you of course!