That moment when the flower girl does her thing! It really can be one of the highlights of the wedding ceremony! Although, let’s face it, if that little cutie isn’t prepared for her debut, it can turn on you! Let’s start with the selection process in this very important role. Cuteness factor is where we all like to go of course! However it is not the only thing to consider.
The best success comes with children four years of age and over (usually, it falls within a 4-8 year range). Your two year old niece might be the next Mary- Kate Olsen circa “Full House”, but might not be able to handle or like being the center of attention, even if for a moment. Or being dressed up in frills through the entire event! When you do make your choice, consider the following:
MAKE IT SPECIAL
· Make it a special day for her too! Most every little lady wants to be a bride, so a little”mini-bride” treatment can work wonders! Leading up to the big day, make her a part of her dress selection process.
ACCESSORIES AS A GIFT
· Find a way to figure out what accessories she likes-maybe a tiara or a children’s bracelet that she gravitated towards while shopping for the dress. Give it to her as a gift the day of the wedding!
· If you are getting hair/make up done on the premises, have her parent(s) drop in with her when everyone is almost done (usually when everyone is getting final touches), and get one of the artists to put a wee bit of glitter or blush on her face. Maybe a curl or two in her hair. Make sure you clear it with the parents, and the artists – they are on a timeline! She’ll get comfortable with the wedding party, and feel pretty to boot!
· Sometimes, it is not a bad idea to pair your flower girl with one of your bridesmaids, a Junior Bridesmaid, to alleviate nervousness for her. It’s also a nice touch, if she is walking alone, to give her something to carry with a little activity associated with it (i.e. basket with rose petals). It ironically is a “nervousness alleviator” due to the fact that the concentration is not on all the people in the room gazing at her!
Last but not least, have a familiar adult there when she starts her walk down the aisle, and another waiting for her when she completes it. Somewhat obvious, but often overlooked!
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