We all love them! Our hearts melt when we see them in their adorable dresses, but how many of us actually know the origin of the flower girl?
Happy Tuesday everyone! What a busy week it’s been so far – with the festive season here I’m sure you’re all feeling the holiday rush just as much as we are. With all the hustle and bustle of December, it can be hard to take time for a break.
That’s why today I wanted to share another quick piece on the traditions of the modern day wedding. I’ve saved the cutest for this busy Tuesday because today I’m sharing the origin of the flower girl. Enjoy and have a great week ahead!
Today the flower girl, or even flower girls if you’re so inclined, are a precious addition to any wedding party. So adorable in their gowns as they walk down the aisle, the question becomes how did these cuties become such an entrenched wedding tradition? And, while I would be tempted to say that it’s because we all can’t wait to pick out their sweet little dresses and accessories, the flower girls origin can actually be traced back through the centuries!
The meanings and duties of the flower girl have really remained fairly stable throughout the passing ages and even into modern times — a great feat considering how much many of our other wedding traditions have changed. Always a representation of the beauty and joy of youth, the flower girl is a beacon of whimsy.
The petals she scatters are viewed as a symbol of fertility, bringing the couple luck. In the past, herbs were scattered as a way to ward off evil (our ancestors sure were worried about the evil spirits at a wedding), but the main idea of the transformation of the bride from childhood, as represented by the flower girl, was and still is a major focus.
And, while we might not have as much of a symbolic take on today’s flower girls, I agree with many that the ancient metaphors are still holding strong — plus did I mention how darling they are?!?
We would like to thank Dean Demos for this incredible photo.
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