A flower girl is is a small girl who carries flowers in a marriage procession. Like ring bearers and page boys, flower girls are usually members of the bride’s or groom’s
extended family, but may also be friends. Mostly, they are found in wedding places and also in variety of events like parades to honor queens and great celebrities. Her male
equivalent is the ring bearer or page boy. Often the ring bearer and the flower girl are dressed to look like a couple, and they may be dressed in miniature versions of the
bride’s and bridegroom’s clothes. Typically, the flower girl walks in front of the bride during an entrance processional. She may spread flower petals on the floor before the
bride or carry a bouquet of flowers. Historically, the clothing is provided by the families of the bride and groom, but most modern couples expect the parents of the flower girl
to pay for her clothing and other expenses related to her participation.
The tradition of flower girls could be traced back to Ancient Rome, where flower girls carried sheaves of wheat and fecund herbs before the bride-to-be. In the era of the
ancient Greeks and Romans flower girls were called upon in attendance during nuptials to symbolize the passage of the child into a blossoming and “blooming” woman, wife and
mother. Strewing petals on the altar pathways first began with scattering selected herbs and spices to signify fertility during the event. She is the classical symbol of
innocence, which was carried on, even in the medieval age by offering of sheaths of wheat in the bridal procession.
In the Elizabethan age, flower girls were still involved in the bridal train and were followed by a troop of merry musicians. A special flower girl would also carry a silver cup
meant for the bride and was decorated with bright ribbons alongside another carrying gold adorned rosemary branches. In addition to this, the entire path from the bride’s home
all the way to the Church was always covered in rose petals and many small bouquets were brought into the event to be presented as take home gifts to the guests.
Sometimes flower girls may wear the floral hoop on their head as an adornment or is simply carried, is derived from the wedding ring which is the sign of eternal love. Daintily
adorned baskets carried rose petals carried by these little girls in bright satin sashes also became the norm. A lot of modern wedding traditions were credited to the lavish
royal wedding of Queen Victoria in 1840. Besides the miniature bridal gown for the flower girls, the use of white on the bridal gown and on the wedding cake as well became
fashionable because of her.
Nowadays their role in the ceremony was largely symbolic. The flower girls were symbols of youth and innocence and their wheat and herbs were symbols of fertility. The young
attendants also symbolized the transition of the young bride from childhood to woman and motherhood. They sprinkles petals down the aisle to bring good luck to the bride on her
journey. The choice of flower girls in today’s society become pragmatic. Ideally she should be between the ages of 4 and 8 which should be age wherein little girls can carry
out the strewing of rose petals to lead the bridal procession. But there are no strict rules to this as even older girls, women and in some humorous cases even men are called
upon for this role if they are held dear by the happy couple. There is no rule for the number of flower girls, its just that selecting girls too young for the task might leave
them running scared when the entrance hymn starts and might cause her to cry and dump her basket of petals – but is anyway taken as fresh delight to all who attend.
No matter the ancient or now, flower girls always play an important role for one’s wedding. In the perfect wedding dream, the entourage is never complete without the dancing
fairy like children adorning the palatial residence with flowers and favors surround the main cast. It’s also important to pick up a suitable dress for your little girls which
would make them comfortable and joyful.