The “march” of the flower girls is one of the most widespread traditions in weddings around the world. While many of us enjoy watching the young girls walk down the aisle spreading flower petals, the majority of us don’t take the time to actually think about where this tradition came from. The history of flower girls is a rather long history as it actually dates back to ancient Rome.
During the times of the ancient Romans, the bride was preceded down the aisle by young girls carrying baskets filled with herbs and wheat. These items may seem unusual to us, but was a significant symbol of prosperity and blessings to the ancient Romans. Since those days long ago, the history of flower girls has evolved and remained a dominant wedding tradition throughout the centuries.
You may be interested in learning a little more about the history of flower girls. During the Medieval Era, flower girls were armed with garlic in hopes of discouraging the evil spirits from getting too close. As time passed, and the Elizabethan Era emerged, flower bearers dropped flower petals on the roadway from the bride’s home to the church during the wedding procession, with the flower girl carrying the bride’s cup fully decorated with colorful ribbons.
After the Elizabethan Era, the history of flower girls becomes more similar to how things are done today. Young flower girls wore dresses of white material that were accented with a colored sash, much like the flower girls of today. Since that time, the most dramatic change we’ve seen in flower girls are the styles of dresses they wear as the dresses generally represent the popular styles of the times.