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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Choosing The Best Flower Girl Dress

Choosing a flower girl is a great way to show a little girl in your life how special she is to you. The flower girl usually makes an appearance after the maid of honor has walked down the aisle. Her presence signals the bride’s arrival as she prepares the path for the bride by sprinkling flower petals along the aisle. She is usually dressed in white, and looks similar to a miniature version of the bride. One of the fun parts of planning a wedding for the bride is choosing one out of the many flower girl dresses for the little girl to wear that compliments the brides dress and/or the colors the bride has picked for the wedding. Some might be surprised at how much preparation and planning needs to happen in order to get the little flower girl ready for her moment in the big day.

A flower girl is usually as young as 3 years old and can be as old as 8. She can come from the family of a close friend or she can be a member of your own family, like a niece or a cousin. Whomever you chose, she is sure to be adorable and will easily put a smile on the faces of those who attend the ceremony. Even though they are cute, small children are likely to act up at some point. The bride can prepare for this in advance by sitting down with the little one and going through the role of a flower girl, maybe with the help of a fun picture book about this part of the ceremony.
The bride should designate one of the bridesmaids to keep an eye on the flower girl and hold her hand if needed. If she starts fidgeting or misbehaving, the bridesmaid should bring the flower girl to her parent’s pew, where she should sit for the duration. Seat her parents on the aisle, near the front so that she can see them when she walks down the aisle and during the ceremony itself. Also, make sure she uses the restroom before the ceremony. Most of all don’t be too nervous that she will make a mistake. If she dumps all her petals at the start of the aisle, runs instead of walks, or even starts to cry, guests will think it’s cute.
Having a flower girl in your wedding is just an option. If you do not have a young one close to you, or maybe you have too many and you don’t want to upset anyone by picking just one, then it is perfectly fine to go without. If you have someone in mind who is a tad older than flower girl age just simply find another position for her in your ceremony. Maybe, make her an usher, gift taker, greeter, or junior bridesmaid. If you do choose to have a flower girl she will make a great addition to your photos and it would be very cute to see her take part in he first dance. The ceremony and reception might possible wear your little one out. Don’t be surprised if her parents decide to take her home early. As another option provide a babysitting service if you are able. This way the flower girl will have plenty of kids to play with and your guests will be able to enjoy more of their time amongst adults.

It can be fun to pick the flower girl’s dress. Usually the bride will pick a small version of her dress for the flower girl. Or the bride can pick a simple white dress with a sash that will match her wedding colors. Some brides even pick a smaller version of the bridesmaid’s dresses for the little one. Dressing the flower girl in white is probably the most popular idea. White symbolizes purity and sweetness. Whatever dress you choose just make sure it is an age appropriate version and not necessarily an exact match of what the adult ladies are wearing. The dress should be comfortable and of course not too long with some simple age appropriate jewelry to compliment it. No matter what look you pick for the little one, she is sure to be a big hit. Having a flower girl at your wedding can add to the fun. It will make a day for her remember and cherish almost as much as you do!
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