Flower girls are a joy to look at; they add "cuteness" to weddings and make weddings more family-oriented. Dressing up flower girls includes flowers that adorn their clothing, wear on their heads and carry. Flowers chosen are usually similar to the theme used in the wedding decorations and those used by the bridesmaids. Not all flowers are safe for children; some may cause allergies or illnesses. Considering safe flowers for children will eliminate injuries and allergic reactions.
Small kids are notorious for putting things inside their mouths. Flowers may look edible to little flower girls; however, some may be poisonous. Avoiding poisonous flowers will prevent any health hazards when flower girls start nibbling on flowers. Examples of poisonous flowers to avoid are wisteria, foxglove, hydrangea, lily-of-the-valley, anthurium, chrysanthemum, oleander, rhododendron and narcissus.
Some flowers may cause watery eyes, sneezing, itchiness or, worse, anaphylactic shock. Take into consideration the possibility of causing these reactions with children participating in the wedding. It is helpful to know ahead of time if the flower girl has severe allergies; however, if she has not had allergies before, she may still be at risk of developing symptoms for the first time once exposed. Rather than risk the child's health, it is best to avoid flowers that can trigger allergies.
Examples of flowers to avoid that can cause allergic reactions are mini aster family (solidata, monetecasino and golden rod), sunflower, chrysanthemum, daisy, oriental lily, stephanotis, gardenia, baby's breath, stock, misty (latifolium) and scented roses (garden varieties).
Unscented roses (not garden varieties), tulip, iris, zinnia, Asiatic lily, orchids and larkspur are examples of allergy-free flowers that you can choose for flower girls.
Choosing non-staining flowers for the flower girls will ensure that no stains or smudges will appear on their clothes or anywhere that flowers may touch. The pollens, stamens and the petal pigmentation may cause flowers to stain. Examples of flowers that stain are hibiscus, pollen star, daylilies, stargazers, Madonna lily and any tinted or darker flowers.
Aside from causing allergies and stains, pollens also attract bees. Bees can sting and cause anaphylactic shock to people who may be allergic to bee stings. Examples of bee attractor annuals are asters, calliopsis, clover, marigolds, poppies, sunflowers and zinnias. Examples of perennial flowers that attract bees include buttercups, clematis, cosmos, crocuses, dahlias, Echinacea, English ivy, foxglove, geraniums, germander, hollyhocks, hyacinth, roses, sedum, snowdrops, squills, tansy and yellow hyssop.
Camelias, orchids and some lilies are pollen-free. One way to prevent attracting bees when considering roses is to choose the ones that are in their bud form. Also, choose hybrid roses made for florists, but not garden varieties, which have pollens. Removing stamens that have pollens will also prevent attracting bees.