If you're the midst of planning a wedding, you might have asked yourself, "Who should be my flower girl?", "What are they supposed to wear?", "Why did we start putting flower girls in our weddings in the first place?". To answer these questions, we have to go all the way back in time to the Roman Empire and Ancient Egypt.
Early Beginnings of the Flower Girl
It was typical for upper-class Greeks and Romans to include flower girls in their weddings. The flower girls walked in front of bride, scattering flowers, herbs, and grains. Wheat was commonly used as a grain to be scattered because it was believed to bring prosperity to the bride and groom. The inclusion of a flower girl represented the hope that the bride would be blessed with the ability to have children of her own.
During the Renaissance period, flower girls switched from carrying flowers and grains to carrying strands of garlic. The garlic was believed to ward off evil spirits and protect the newly weds.
The flower girl from this era most directly resembles the flower girl we know today. She would typically be dressed in white with a colored sash tied around her waist. The dress was usually made out of muslin and had a simple design so the dress could be worn for future use. The Victorian Era flower girl carried a basket of fresh blooms or a floral hoop which resembled the wedding ring to symbolize endless love.
Today's Flower Girl
The flower girl that we know today is typically a member of the bride or groom's family or the child of a close friend. The dress of the flower girl is usually white to resemble the bride's dress with a colored sash that coordinates with the bridesmaid's dresses.
LE Flower Girl Dresses
At little english, we have beautiful special occasion dresses that would flatter any flower girl. The Sleeveless Special Occasion Dress (on left below) is a great option to make any flower girl feel special. This dress features a Peter Pan collar for a sweet look. You can pair this dress with any of our Bow Sashes that come in light pink, light blue, champagne, and white. The Bow Sashes come with buttons that make it adjustable to ensure the perfect fit for every girl.
The sashes also look great paired with the Peter Pan Formal Dress (below). The Peter Pan Formal Dress features cap sleeves and a lovely detailed skirt. Both of these dresses start at 12M and go to a size 8.
For a flower girl dress or wedding guest dress that is more suitable for an older girl, we love The Cora Dress in special occasion white. The Cora Dress features a bow that ties in the front of the dress which is a flattering style for big girl. We love the a-line silhouette for this dress because it's such an age appropriate style. The Cora Dress is available in sizes 4-14.
The Elizabeth Dress, our newest addition to the line, is a great option for an older flower girl as well. This dress features and a-line shape with a ruffled neck collar. It also has a sweet bow in the back of the dress with buttons lining the back.
To pair perfectly with your flower girl dress, Hazen and Co. has teamed up with little english to create a capsule collection of hair pins, bracelets, and necklaces. These jewelry pieces will be something your little girl treasures forever. The sweet pearl and pink accents give this collection a timeless look.
Hazen and Co. and Little English wanted to create a collaborative collection of jewelry and special occasion dresses that are both timeless and beautiful. From thoughtful details to stunning statement features, this line was made to admire up close and from afar.