Many brides decide they want to have a flower girl in their wedding, usually to include a younger family member, or to have a pretty sprinkling of petals down the aisle. But there is actually a significance behind the flower girl. Her purpose is to lead the bride forward and symbolize the innocence fading away, and her role as a mother and wife coming forward.
The tradition began in Ancient Rome, where the flower girl serviced the bride and groom by carrying wheat and herbs. This was to bless them with prosperity and fertility. Throughout Western Europe, the only people who attended to the bride were those of youth. So all of the attendants in the wedding party were children. Finally, and the most notable of "flower girl visions" is the Victorian flower girl: a young, little girl in a white dress carrying a basket full of rose petals.
Today brides still use flower girls in their wedding, and a lot of the time they prefer to choose a flower girl that will mirror their own image. Sometimes the flower girl wears a small version of the bride's gown, though most of the time she wears a dress similar to that of the other bridesmaids, whether it be in color, style or both. She is to symbolize innocence, beauty and even good luck.
Your flower girl will certainly need a basket to hold all of those petals, and you're bound to find something to coordinate with your wedding in our large selection of flower girl baskets. From white to ivory, satin to chiffon, embroidered detailing or even Swarovski crystals, there are no limits. We also offer a flower girl cone, which is a more modern take on the traditional flower girl basket. The cone's handles are made of a smooth satin ribbon, along with another satin ribbon streaming from the from the bottom of the cone, and little organza bows at the bases of the handles. You can even personalize it with a single script initial at an additional cost.
Though there aren't many alternatives to a flower girl, if you're not having one, you could simply give your guests petal cones and have them sprinkle the aisle as you walk down it. Petal cones make a great alternative to rice or bubbles, but in this case they would be used during the ceremony rather than after.
Whether you choose to use a flower girl basket or use petal cones, you're certainly going to need silk rose petals to sprinkle and toss! We offer a huge variety of silk rose petals in every color imaginable, and even have personalized ones available, as well as floating petals, and others in the shapes of hearts, leaves, or snowflakes. We also offer freeze dried rose petals too.
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