Flower crowns are wildly popular today as wedding accessories but they aren’t new. In fact, flower crowns are noted all the way back to ancient Greek culture and can be seen in multiple eras of European history.
We begin seeing flower crowns as early as Ancient Greece where they were a popular adornment during special occasions to honor the Gods. During this time laurel crowns became a popular sign of honor, being gifted to army victors as a sign of respect. Think Julius Caesar.
As we move into Medieval times flower crowns, often associated with pagan rituals and religions, fell out of popularity. Artists began romanticizing the flower crown in works of art depicting Goddesses, such as Rembrandt’s Flora.
While they had fallen out of popular culture in Europe they were still part of Ukrainian and Chinese traditions. Flower crowns, or vinok as they are called in Ukraine, are a part of the traditional folk dress. During the Ukrainian wedding ceremony, wreaths made out of periwinkle and myrtle are placed on top of the couple’s heads after the vow exchange. Today, traditional Ukrainian flower crowns are more often seen at festivals and special occasions, including weddings.
Similarly, in China an orange blossom flower crown was worn during wedding ceremonies. Since an orange blossom tree blossoms and bears fruit simultaneously they are thought to symbolize fertility.
Flower crowns saw a resurgence of popularity in Europe after Queen Victoria wore an orange blossom flower crown when she wed Prince Albert in 1840.
Today, flower crowns aren’t just for weddings or special occasions, they are particularly popular at festivals and concerts. But why? History has woven a story of love, honor, and celebration into the story of flower crowns making them synonymous with free-spirited celebrations of life. As an easily personalized accessory, flower crowns truly show off the unique personality of each individual.