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The phrase flower girl has various meanings. It is commonly used to refer to a young female participant in a wedding procession who throws flowers onto the floor during the ceremony. However, the term is also used to refer to girls who sell flowers, such as fictional characters Eliza Doolittle or "Flower Seller Uniqua" (a character in the Backyardigans), or girls who have flower-related powers or themes, such as Lun Lun the Flower Girl.
Flower girls in weddings
A flower girl can refer to a participant in a wedding procession. Flower girls are usually members of the bride or groom's extended family, but may also be their friends. During the wedding procession, a flower girl walks down the aisle with her partner, called the ring bearer or page boy.
Typically, a flower girl walks in front of the bride during the entrance processional of a wedding. She may spread flower petals on the floor before the bride or carry a bouquet of flowers. Her outfit usually resembles that of the bride. In the Roman Empire, flower girls were young virgins who carried a sheaf of wheat during the wedding ceremony. It was believed that this action would bring prosperity to the bride and groom. Throughout the Renaissance, flower girls carried strands of garlic, based on superstition that garlic kept away evil spirits and bad luck.
Traditionally, a flower girl's clothing was provided by the families of the bride and groom. However, today most couples expect the parents of the flower girl to pay for her clothing and other expenses related to her participation.
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