What is a Flower Girl
The flower girl is typically a child between the ages of four and nine. More often than not, she is directly related to either the bride or the bride groom. The flower girl may be a younger sister, or a beloved niece or cousin. In some cases the flower girl may be a family friend, but most often it is a blood relative. During the wedding ceremony, the flower girl follows behind the bridesmaids carrying a basket of flowers, which she scatters along the aisle as she goes.
When planning a wedding, couples always like to include as many of their nearest and dearest friends and family members as possible. Grooms typically choose a brother or childhood friend to be their best man, while brides are likely to turn to their sisters and best girlfriends to be their maids of honor. Deciding on who to include in your wedding party can often be a difficult decision, particularly when there are children involved. But at some point in the wedding planning process, it will be necessary to decide who will be your flower girl, and to prepare her for her role in the ceremony. The flower girl is a key part of any traditional wedding ceremony, and too often couples leave the choice of flower girl until late in the planning stages. Let’s look at a few tips for choosing a flower girl, and helping her get ready for her role in the wedding ceremony.
Choosing a Flower Girl
For some couples the choice of flower girl may be obvious. If there is only one young girl of suitable age in the family than the job will naturally fall to her. However, couples with larger families may find that there are several suitable candidates for the role of flower girl, in which case it may be difficult to choose. But not to worry, there is no hard and fast rule that says a wedding party can’t have more than one flower girl.
Preparing the Flower Girl
Everyone in the wedding party has certain responsibilities, and even adults can get nervous about their respective roles. One of the best ways to prepare the flower girl for her role in the wedding, is to give her a book about weddings and flower girls. This will help her learn about the flower girl’s responsibilities, and will get her excited about the wedding itself.
The Flower Girl’s Dress
The flower girl’s dress is typically a miniature version of the bridal gown, or a white version of the bridesmaid dresses. That being said, any dress that is comfortable, attractive, and that ties into the theme of the wedding will do.
The role of the flower girl is one of the sweetest, and most charming, aspects of any traditional wedding. When choosing your flower girl, keep in mind that this is a child and take extra time to explain her role in the ceremony.
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