Wedding Flower Girls 101
Planning a wedding means making many choices. One such decision is whether to include a flower girl and/or ring bearer in your wedding party. To help you make a decision, we’ve compiled a lot of great information here about what flower girls actually do – aside from looking adorable – and ways to incorporate them in all the festivities.
- A flower girl is usually a young girl between the ages of four and eight, who has a special connection to the bride and groom. She might be a niece or cousin or younger sister. During the ceremony, she follows behind the bridesmaids with either a bouquet, pomander (lush ball of flowers) or basket of petals, which she can scatter as she walks down the aisle, or she can also blow bubbles (a more modern touch).
- If deciding whom to choose as flower girl is difficult, or you have a couple of nieces who could do the job, there’s no reason you can’t have two flower girls. Partnering will also give the girls added confidence. But make sure you don’t choose your friend’s two-year-old. She might be adorable, but the chances of her following directions are slim to none. She might also get scared and scream for her mother just as she gets halfway down the aisle. A girl who is typically too old would be better suited for another duty during the ceremony, such as reading a poem.
- Make sure you include your flower girl in the fun before the wedding. Let her come and look at dresses, maybe even try some on to see what she likes and what she will feel comfortable wearing. Invite her to the shower and even bring her along for some of the primping by getting her own manicure or pedicure!
- Speaking of dresses, what should she wear? A flower girl often dons a mini-version of the bride’s dress or at least a white, tea-length dress. You can find flower girl dresses at most bridal stores but they will not be cheap. As an alternative, you might find some great dresses at higher end department stores. If you order a dress on-line make sure you get it in plenty of time to make alterations.
- Practice makes perfect. Well, it might at least alleviate some of the nerves as she attempts to walk down the aisle on your wedding day. Your flower girl should be at your rehearsal and you might need to practice her entrance a few times until she gets it just right. And, of course, make sure she’s invited to the rehearsal dinner.
Even with all the planning in the world, there’s still the chance that something might not go as planned. The flower girl is, after all, very young. No matter what happens, your guests will adore her and she will feel special because you’ve included her in such an important day.
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