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Flower Girl Dresses for Little Princesses
Long before the modern wedding ceremony was embraced by Western couples, there were flower girls. The tradition has been traced all the way back to Ancient Rome, where flower girls carried sheaves of wheat and fecund herbs before the bride-to-be. As it is today, 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-to-be from childhood to woman and motherhood. But the flower girl did not actually strew rose petals before the bride until much later on.
When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840, she rewrote many of the old rules of wedding etiquette and created traditions that are followed to this day. The queen is credited with starting a new fashion trend when she wore white on her wedding day. Before that time, royals rarely wore pure white gowns. In time, the color began to symbolize innocence, chastity and romantic love, since Victoria was one of the few royals who had married for love and love alone.
Whether or not her young attendants actually scattered rose petals before her is not a part of the historical record. What we do know, however, is that Victoria inspired Europeans to value the romantic aspects of marriage. In fact, it was during the Victorian Era that men started sending women flowers. The flower soon became a powerful symbol of romantic love.
The Modern Flower Girl
Flower girls are not only the smallest and cutest members of the bridal party, but they are also the only other females that are allowed to wear white. They are typically between the ages of 4 and 8 and are related to the bride or groom-to-be. One fairly modern revision is the number of flower girls that are selected. A formal wedding can have as many as four flower girls, all dressed in white.
While it is not exactly set in stone, most brides prefer their diminutive attendants to wear dresses that mirror their own. If that is the case, then the parents of the flower girls have very little wiggle room. They need simply visit the same bridal salon the bride-to-be used and order a flower girl miniature of her dress. But that is seldom the case. Since the parents often pay Flower Girl Dresses for the dress, the bride-to-be rarely insists on a specific dress.