It has been a long-standing tradition that flower girls drop
petals along the aisle prior to the bride’s entrance. Depending on the venue,
real petals may be prohibited and artificial ones are used instead. However, as
customs lessen, many different and unique alternatives are becoming popular. Here
are just a few:
Individual stems: A basket full of individual stemmed
flowers for your flower girl to hand out to either give to your guests seated
at the end of each aisle or to those who are most important to you and your fiancé.
Bubbles: Blowing bubbles is a fun and whimsical way to precede
your entrance. Aside from not being messy, even adults can’t help but smile at
the sight of bubbles and some guests might even try to catch them.
Miniature bouquet: Any little girl given a special job would
be honored and feel even more significant if she was given a small bouquet (one
suitable for her size) that matches yours.
Customized sign: A sign or pennant with a message introducing
you is another clever substitute for petals. Whether it says “Here comes the
bride” or “Introducing Mrs. (insert your new last name), not only will your
guests be surprised but it will be a keepsake to remember your special day.
Paper hearts: Your wedding is a celebration of the love you have built and will continue to grow. Whether made of shades that match your décor or are crafted out of something important to the two of you, they are a wonderful thing to see as you walk down the aisle.
There are many creative and fun things for flower girls to carry.
Not only are they unexpected but each will bring joy to both you and your
guests and be an element that sets your wedding apart.
One concern that may not immediately come to mind is the type of dress your flower girl should wear as you may think people will not notice the outfit but solely the entrance she is making in anticipation of yours. That is not true and there are things that should be considered when making the settling on one.
Typically, flower girls wear white dresses that are small versions of your gown but should incorporate an element which ties in with the wedding whether a sash matching the bridesmaids gowns or a floral headband in harmony with your bouquet.
Be careful of the length of the gown as well as the material it is made of. She needs to feel comfortable as her responsibility is a very important one to her. Therefore, it is imperative that her dress is not too long because her concentration is on the task at hand and she shouldn’t have to worry about getting her shoes caught and tripping. Additionally, you don’t want anything made of a fabric that could irritate her soft skin as, that too, would be a distraction.
The outfits can be purchased from many places whether bridal salons or any number of stores at your local mall. Something to consider is that, most often, the parents of your chosen flower girl are responsible for the cost of the dress. Children grow quickly and, it goes without saying that it is something she will probably only wear for your special day.
She will be nervous as well as filled with excitement. Don’t put any pressure on her and allow her parents to sit in an aisle near the front so she can both see and focus on them as it will calm her nerves. No matter what, any little girl feels honored to take on the responsibility and does so with the hopes of carrying it out with absolute perfection.