All About Flower Girls
The primary duty of a flower girl is to scatter flower petals as they walk down the aisle to the altar during a wedding procession. They are usually in 3 to 10 age range. Traditionally, flower girls are paired with ring bearers.
The presence of flower girls in a wedding ceremony symbolizes the innocence of the bride as a child. The flower girl also symbolically leads the bride from childhood to womanhood, from innocence to being a wife and mother.
Flower Girls in History
The earliest recorded history of the presence of flower girls during weddings was the Roman Empire. The Renaissance was also a period when flower girls were commonly used during weddings. The significance of using flower girls who were young virgins that carried with them a sheaf of wheat during the ceremony was to bring prosperity to the couple. Strands of garlic were another items carried by flower girls to ward off evil spirits and bad luck.
The scattering of flower petals from the home of the bride to the church was first recorded during the Elizabethan era. The modern look for flower girls started in the Victorian era who wore the traditional white dresses with colored sash. They carried a basket containing fresh flowers.
Usually, the flower girl dresses are miniature imitations of the actual wedding bridesmaid dresses.