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History of Flower Girls Dresses

Posted by Jacquelyn McManus on

a little girl wearing a party dress and reading a book

Flower girls have been part of wedding ceremonies since ancient Roman times. These traditional wedding outfits have undergone an interesting evolution to become the cute flower girl dresses of today. Join us as we take a journey through the history of the flower girl dress.

Ancient Roman and Middle Ages Flower Girls

Flower girl history begins in ancient Rome, between 753 BC and 476 AD when the likely dress was the long and sleeved tunic of the day. However, the real attractions were the hairstyles. A crown of roses, poppies, wildflowers, irises, or violets often circled a flower girl’s head in ancient Rome.

The Middle Ages were between the 5th and 15th centuries. During this time, a white and fancy dress was not at all the custom. Instead, brides—and, it can be assumed, flower girls—dressed in a simple wool or cotton dress in a russet color. After the ceremony, the dress would become part of the daily wardrobe.

16th Century to 1910

New dresses were rare during the 16th and 17th centuries; a flower girl would likely wear her best dress, which was usually the one worn to church, along with simple adornments. It wouldn’t be until the Victorian era—1837 to 1901—that the color of the flower girl’s outfit would be white or ivory.

However, the style of the dress would remain simple, typically being made of muslin. The only addition was a colored satin sash, an accessory that would continue until 1910, and then to today, as you can see from the Lito dress below.

satin sash with matching flower made

Modern Times

The style of the flower girl dress underwent its most dramatic changes in the 1920s when the A-line flapper style was popular.  Ribbons and bows adorned fancy flower girl dresses in the 1930s, and the 40s and 50s saw flower girls dressed in dresses of more stylish fabrics like organza and lace.

The 60s and 70s saw the return of the long empire-waist gown, and flower girl dresses in more casual styles became acceptable during this period. The dresses of the 80s were a combination of romance and popular culture, with satin and lace being very popular materials for flower girls and brides alike. The 90s saw flower girls in fancy princess-like dresses—a tradition which has continued to the present time.

It is because of the styles seen through the ages that there are so many options for flower girl dresses today, including the pretty polka dot creation below. Younger flower girls look adorable in shorter dresses, which allow them lots of freedom of movement. Your older flower girl can be beautiful in a longer and more elegant style.


Whatever dress you choose, the best way to find the perfect one is to shop online. Granny’s Little Munchkins has many beautiful styles, from toddler flower girl dresses to outfits for older girls. Enjoy browsing together and be amazed at how fast our shipping gets her dress to your door. Granny’s Little Munchkins makes it easy and fun to shop for flower girl dresses.