Selecting a Flower Girl
The flower girl is a special friend or relative that may be the youngest participant in a wedding. A flower girl is generally under the age of ten. She should be old enough to follow simple instructions and not be too shy to walk down an aisle in front of a gathering of adults. Her parents must be willing to participate in dress selection and fittings and bring her to the rehearsal–and, of course, the wedding!
Unlike an official and witnesses, the flower girl is optional; do not feel you have to find a child somewhere to fill the role. If the special girls in your family are too young, they can still wear special dresses and get a picture taken with the bride and groom, without the performance pressure of walking down the aisle.
Dressing the Flower Girl
A flower girl is traditionally dressed in white, perhaps with a colored sash that blends with the bridesmaid dresses. Some brides choose to dress the flower girl in a miniature of the wedding gown, complete with a miniature tiara and veil, although this may be more expensive option. Another option is to let the flower girl wear an age-appropriate party dress in the same color family as the bridesmaid dresses. Most bridal salons have swatches of fabric available so that a coordinating flower girl dress can be selected at a children’s store or made by a dressmaker. The bride should be considerate of the parents’ budget when selecting apparel for the flower girl.
A major consideration with flower girls is the fact that they are growing children. While wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses may be ordered months in advance, a little girl’s dress may be outgrown during the time it takes for an order to be completed. Consult with an alterations specialist at the bridal salon if you will be ordering long before the wedding. They can advise you about ordering a larger size or let you know if a particular style can be let out to fit a child who has grown. When in doubt, it is wise to choose a larger size. Most dresses can be taken in a size or two, but may be let out only one size-or not at all.
A flower girl will remember her special experience and her parents will cherish the pictures and memories as well. Selecting a dress that will fit properly, look lovely, and be affordable will contribute to a happy wedding experience for everyone.