By 2015, flower crowns are the fashion staple of weddings, parties, summer vacations and music festivals. Despite the amount of attention they are receiving at the moment, flower crowns have been around for a long time. It is just that for a time we refrained from using them anywhere other than weddings and fairytale photo shoots. It was pop-crooner Lana Del Rey who singlehandedly brought flower crowns into the limelight, with just one scene from her Born to Die music video. What this means for the original flower crown businesses – those dealing with wedding hair pieces – is a boost in exposure, and more options. Most modern brides – the ones who choose to wed outdoors – choose flower crowns over tiaras and hair clips.
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It is assumed that the trend started in Ancient Greece, when wreaths were worn by common folk and nobility alike, to honor the gods in special occasions. The polytheistic, natural approach to religion provided most plants with some secret meaning, and flower wreaths and crowns started gaining different levels of importance, depending on what plants were used for the crown, and who the wearer was. Vestal virgins wore peonie roses upon their brow, Roman emperors, poet laurates, and Olympic game victors wore Apollo’s laurel wreath.
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Things went topsy-turvy in medieval times. What was once a way to honor the gods could then have marked you as a heretic. Flower crowns lost their popularity, but they did not entirely disappear. Extreme Christianity and repression ruled the land, but where there’s room for severe laws, there’s also room for loopholes. Most, if not all pagan festivities sneaked into the yearly routine of all hard-working villages, none more so than May Day and Easter. The rites of spring remained an important part of every medieval nook and corner of the world, and there was nothing the church could do about it but to rename it and pretend they started it. It is through these festivities that flower crowns survived, too. From medieval Europe, and onwards into the far corners of the world, floral wedding traditions remain to this day. In Eastern Europe, flower crowns were an important piece of every traditional girl’s outfit, in China, the bride was adorned with flowers in her hair. These traditions are all still practiced worldwide.
If you are not sure what flowers to go for, roses are definitely the most popular in a long list of romantic flowers, and you can never go wrong with them. On the other hand, you can make your head piece a bit more original by covering it with flowers that represent something. Lilies not only smell wonderful, but they also represent magnificent beauty. Red carnations symbolize eternal love, and daises mean you are a person who loves sharing her feelings. And finally, consider giving your little flower girls matching crowns made from freesias, which stand for purity and innocence.
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In an industry dominated by Pinterest and craft stores, modern brides can make their own flower crowns for their special day in the wink of an eye, and they needn’t even worry about braiding stalks (remember childhood daisy chains?) All you need is a floral wire, floral tape, cutters and the flowers of your choice. Firstly, measure the wire to see how much you need for your head (it should make two full rounds across your forehead), and then wrap it up in a floral tape that you will cover with greens. Once you can not see the wire anymore, you can start adding the flowers of your choice to it, but mind that your blossoms are cut with a long stalk, that you can wrap around the base securely.
Today, flower crowns are still the celebratory symbol of fertility, but let us be honest: they look beautiful and comfortable at the same style. This is a trend that is not going away, not with weddings at least.