Flower Crown‘s have been fashionable for a few years now, and recently a flurry of interest around elaborate traditional Ukrainian interpretations revived the tradition, but flower crowns worn by the bridal party are a centuries-old convention.
The custom began in ancient Greece and was popular with early pagan societies such as the Celts and the Druids in the UK and Europe. Wearing flower crowns at weddings was also popular in Victorian times – Queen Victoria wore a crown of orange blossoms (a Chinese tradition) at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1861. And then there were the sixties and the era of flower power. And now the particular brand of boho hippie chic expressed by some sixties brides has been revived by modern couples looking for a charming, laidback way to connect with nature.
The great thing about flower crowns has always been their versatility. Crowns look great with loose hair or up-dos, with a veil or without. They can just as easily contribute to a sophisticated and elegant aesthetic as they can to a more relaxed design scheme. So, despite some backlash, the trend is still going strong.
Here are a few tips for pulling off this lovely wedding look:
Flower crown tips
- Floral crowns don’t strictly speaking need to be made from fresh flower blooms. Instead use any combination of leaves, berries, succulents, eucalyptus, laurel, or dried lavender. Silk or paper flowers won’t wilt under the sun, nor will they attract nectar-seeking insects. And jeweled flowers are also an idea – with real gems if you run with that kind of crowd, or costume pieces made from wire and glass.
- If you do use real blooms in your crown, consider keeping it seasonal and simple. Greenery and a few delicate sprigs of baby’s breath or lily of the valley for a late spring bride will look delicate and romantic. Miniature roses or daisies are perfect for summer; dried lavender and purple ivy for fall.
- Brides with a taste for drama might want to try out some really big blooms – magnolia or peony, for example. A single large flower head can form the centerpiece for a crown-like headdress. Or you could try to mimic the ornate traditional Ukrainian vinok. Brides wearing these large, halo-like flower crowns revived the tradition in national solidarity, but the look has also captured the imagination of high fashion types.
- Brides who want a veil and a flower crown can certainly have both. But they should get expert advice on how to combine the two without creating clutter and confusion.
- DIY flower crowns are easy to make and inexpensive. Use seasonal blooms that have longer stems (easier to work with). You’ll also need floral wire and tape. Try not to handle the blooms themselves to prevent bruising and breakage. And be prepared to make the crowns very last minute and keep them cool so they won’t wilt before the ceremony. Secure crowns with hairpins after you have completely finalized your hair. Hairspray + fresh flowers = not good.
- Flower crowns are a distinct look. Even if the bride has other hair and headdress plans for herself and other adults in the party, they are always a charming favorite for the younger girls in the wedding party.
Famous for flower crown wearing
- Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet drowned in her flower crown
- Elizabeth Taylor marrying Richard Burton (the first time)
- Mexican artist Frida Kahlo every day
- Marie Antoinette when she wanted to play shepherdess
- Everyone on Snapchat (the flower crown was one of the top ten most popular filters in 2016)
Flower crowns are a beautiful addition to your wedding ensemble. We hope you enjoyed this post and got some great information on it.
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