One of the sweetest additions to any wedding is the flower girl. Often a special little lady in the bride’s life, the flower girl gets the honor of walking directly ahead of the bride before the big entrance. She also, of course, gets to throw flower petals down the aisle.
Flower girls are typically anywhere between three and ten years old, and if they’re on the smaller side, sometimes they may need a little training and help walking down the aisle. But hey, that’s what rehearsal dinners are for, right?
Here’s a good guide on preparing for your flower girl.
A Baby Flower Girl
Although, as mentioned before, flower girls tend to be at least three years old, some brides still choose a baby to be their flower girl. This is often because the baby girl means a lot to the bride, and she wants her to be a part of the wedding day.
Baby flower girls will need to either have help walking down the aisle with some hand-holding, or will need to be toted in a little wagon (possibly by your ring bearer). It’s also important for everyone to be prepared for her to cry during the ceremony. She might also decide to eat the flower petals instead of throw them. After all, she is a baby! The important thing to remember is, if you choose a baby flower girl, plan for the unexpected.
Flower Girls Age 2-3
A flower girl who is two to three will probably be able to walk fine—she just might not be too sure where she’s going. A good plan is to practice with her, but have someone she knows nearby in case she gets scared or confused during the actual moment.
When a flower girl is still this small, it’s still good to be ready for crying fits, noisy chatter during the ceremony, dancing around the bridesmaids, or other unpredictable behavior.
Flower Girls Age 3-5
Flower girls at this age really seem to love their role. They get to look like a princess, “lead in” the bride, toss flower petals, blow kisses, smile, and be all-around cute. They also tend to be old enough to behave themselves during the ceremony (or take bribes for being good!). Depending on her personality, it may still be a good idea to have her mom or dad nearby in case she gets restless.
Flower Girls Age 6-10
Another great age for a flower girl, six- to ten-year-olds value their role and want to do a good job for the bride. They enjoy looking pretty and throwing the petals, and at this age they can stay quiet and focused during the ceremony.
Having Multiple Flower Girls
Many brides choose to have more than one flower girl if there are multiple special little ladies in their lives. This can often be helpful, especially if there are older ones who can keep the smaller ones under control. If they’re all small, however, it’s often best to have someone standing by during the ceremony to help out.
Flower Girls Over 10
Your flower girl can be as old as you like—it’s your wedding, after all!—however, traditionally they aren’t usually older than ten. If there’s a special girl in your life who is older than ten, consider asking her to be a junior bridesmaid instead. Instead of a flower girl dress, she’ll get a dress that matches the bridesmaids, she gets to attend the rehearsal dinner, walk down the aisle, and she can help out with some of the bridesmaid duties!
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