The innocence of the little girl leading the bridal party down the aisle while holding her basket, looking like an Angel in her gown as she walks gracefully down the aisle, fresh faced captures an unforgettable moment of time and sets the tone for the arrival of the beautiful blushing bride.
She is the flower girl! In most instances, being asked to be the flower girl marks the debut of her first formal occasion. Once you have selected your little girl for that special day, you may need to speak to her parents about the time and financial commitment. The flower girl will need to attend the church rehearsals and other wedding-related activities and her parents will probably need to accompany her.
Many brides today are finding it fun to dress up their favorite little girl as a miniature bride and send her down the aisle to stir up anticipation for the real bride. The flower girl’s dress is usually linked to the rest of the bridal party, by the color of the sash or by the color of the flowers on the dress. When choosing a dress some brides choose a dress that is similar in style to the bridesmaids dress or can be a miniature version or similar to the bride's dress but tailored to fit the little flower girl. Fabrics such as silks and satins work beautifully depending on the formality of the wedding party.
“Choosing an outfit for the flower girl which is comfortable while still staying within the overall style of the wedding party can be a little tricky”, say's Marie Morris of Goo Goo Gear. The Fabric shouldn't scratch or irritate the skin. Some kids have skin allergies and can only wear natural fibers such as cotton or silk. “Whenever choosing a dress be practical and keep in mind the dress length so she doesn't trip and it is age-appropriate”, say’s Marie. It's probably a good idea to measure the little girl (chest, waist and shoulders to angle/floor length measurements) "and always allow for growth" suggests Marie. It's probably best to leave the flower girl's dress until last about 4-6 weeks prior to your wedding date.
Most flower girls carry a small basket with either flowers or petals to sprinkle while walking down the aisle. It's probably a good idea to have your flower girl walk up and down the aisle several times by herself so that she feels comfortable having all eyes admiring her once the big day arrives. She will be ready to make that long walk down the aisle. Dazzling with the charm that only a little girl has, your flower girl will lead the rest of your wedding party and bring smiles and joy to many of your guest’s faces.