If you are planning a wedding, you may be tempted to just buy a cute white dress for your flower girl, and have her carry a bouquet that matches yours. After all, she is just a kid, right? If she looks adorable, the guests will be pleasantly pleased.
Well there is a bit more to it than that. Let us first take a quick look at the flower girl tradition.
Starting with the Middle Ages, flower girls were assigned a special job;; to walk down the wedding aisle ahead of the bride and groom and spread grain (not flowers) in order to pave the way for a new beginnings, fertility and happiness in the marriage.
Today’s flowers girls usually carry rose petals, and even though the rose petals do not carry special powers that will grant the new couple a harmonious relationship, they do tend to set the tone for a wedding.
Think about the last wedding you attended. If the flower girls came out in formal dark colored dresses, you quickly understood that the wedding would have a formal tone. On the other hand, if they came out in wispy flower girl dresses with roses laced into their hair, you knew that you would experience a more unusual wedding.
In other words, the flower girls are generally the first part of the wedding party to walk down the aisle, and because of that, they will make a strong first impression on your guests.
How will you dress your flower girls? Choose outfits for the flower girl and ring bearer, which are comfortable but still stay with the overall style of your wedding. The fabric should not scratch or irritate the skin, and shoes have to be comfortable enough to wear throughout a long day of activities. It might be a good idea to let the children wear their clothes and shoes before the wedding so they can break them in and get used to them as long as they very careful not to dirty them.
Here are some flower girl dress ideas for the most popular wedding themes:
Cinderella Wedding Theme
If you are planning a Cinderella wedding theme, then extravagance and beauty should be a part of everything. Since your flower girls will be the first to appear, they need to set the tone boldly. For this theme, you should have more than one flower girl-three or four would be ideal-and then dress them spectacularly. Choose frilly white dresses with huge skirts and satin bows. You can tie in some of your wedding colors by adding fresh pale pink, yellow or blue flowers to their hair. In addition, they should wear satin ballerina slippers. Have them carry baskets decorated to match their dresses and throw tons of soft rose petals along the isle.
Beach Wedding Theme
Depending on the type of beach wedding that you want, you will have various choices with your flower girl dresses. If you want a romantic beach wedding, then put your flower girls in soft pastel tones or white, and use many fresh flowers-both in their hair and for them to throw. The flower girl wedding dresses can be shorter than in a formal wedding, and appropriate sandals would set the tone nicely. Instead of a basket, they could carry a pastel painted beach bucket filled to the rim with wildflowers to scatter along the isle.
If you have a stronger, more colorful beach wedding planned, why not have some fun with the flower girl dresses? Putting them in typical beach dresses to match your wedding décor would immediately let the wedding guests know that your wedding will be fun and adventurous.
Roaring 20’s Wedding
Imagine a black and white wedding, wing tips shoes and ostrich feathers. That is the idea behind a roaring 20 wedding theme, and as you can imagine, a precious frilly flower girl dress simply will not fit the bill. With this type of gutsy wedding, you will have to get imaginative with them. Why not dress your flower girls in white satin flapper girl dresses, with bands around their hair and beads around the hemline? With this type of dress, you will certainly hear ooh and ahs from the crowd!
Garden Party Wedding
If you dream of an outdoor wedding surrounded by blooming flowers and ivy-laced arches, then your flower girl dresses should take on an entirely different style. White, off-white or pale pastel linen would be an ideal choice. In addition, a beautiful soft cotton dress with a muted flower pattern would be lovely, tied with a large solid satin bow in the back. Add lace up satin sandals and an armful of colorful tulips, and your guests will not be likely to forget your flower girls for some time to come.
As you can see, your flower girl dresses will set the mood of your entire event. Do not just automatically dress your flower girls in the typical dress, but instead get creative. What is the first thing you want your guest to see?
Remember, there are several places to find flower-girl dresses. In addition to bridal shops, you might also find them in children’s stores, catalogs and department stores.