THE HISTORY OF FLOWER GIRLS
Flower girls are a sweet charm to any wedding. Even if you aren't a fan of children, it's difficult to resist the cuteness of a small kid dressed up in tulle flinging flowers down the aisle. The flower girl, who is usually the youngest member of the wedding party, walks down the aisle before the bride. The flower girl was originally used to carry wheat and herbs for the bride and wedding in ancient Rome.
Flower girls aren't required for your wedding day, and we'll discuss alternatives later, but if you do decide to embrace the custom, you may have some issues. Who should be the flower girl, for example? What should they dress like? What age should they be?
THE HISTORY OF FLOWER GIRLS
This interpretation of the tradition became a little loose and weirder around the Elizabethan era when it reflected more the way culture idealized the childhood of children as "symbols of hope and innocence." The equality of kids in the marriage party itself is expressed. Since the flower woman walks down the aisle before the bride and the bride's transformation from child to adult, she was meant to represent a younger innocent bride version.
HOW OLD SHOULD THEY BE
They are usually between the ages of three and eight. Of course, you can marry someone younger if you're secure in their capacity to walk down the aisle.
CAN I HAVE MORE THAN ONE
If you have a large house or plenty of nieces, it's a good idea to involve everyone to avoid any feelings of exclusion. If you've decided to include a few tiny bridesmaids in your bridal party, there are plenty of responsibilities they'd be delighted to take on. Request that one flower girl accompany you down the aisle and carry your train, while another assist in escorting a beloved pet down the aisle. They can go down the aisle hand-in-hand or take a wagon ride with the eldest flower girl leading the youngest flower girl.
WHAT SHOULD THEY WEAR
The flower girl's gown is traditionally compared to the bride's gown. However, you can also have the dress of the Bridesmaids, regardless of whether they have the same color or a similar print. Bellamy recommends Pantora Bridal or Saks as places to shop for a gown.
WHAT ARE THEY RESPONSIBLE FOR EXACTLY
Their main obligation is to charm guests to their pants and allow them to smile from ear to ear, says Bellamy. Some are very shy and timidly walk down the aisle as others take their tasks seriously and carefully place the petal at the 'perfect' spot of the bride. They're mostly there to set a sweet tone for the bride as she walks down the aisle.
HOW WILL THEY PROCESS
If the flower girl is older enough to walk down the aisle by himself, she should do so after the wedding party and before the bride. If they're too small to walk or are fussy or bashful, enlisting the support of their mother or father to carry or hold their hand is also an option. My clients' main concern is that the flower girls will perform their duties without having stage fright," Bellamy continues. That isn't an issue, because guests will surely coo at them or coax them down the aisle in some way.
DO I ALSO HAVE TO HAVE THEM ALL AT THE RECEPTION
Don't want to if you don't. If you're planning a no-kids-allowed wedding, let the flower girl's parents know ahead of time and offer to assist them to find a babysitter to watch them while the party goes on.
SHOULD I GET THEM A THANKYOU GIFT
It's a nice decision, especially if the rest of your bridal party is getting anything. It doesn't have to be so costly, a doll or a custom gift box is just some idea.
FLOWER GIRLS ALTERNATIVES
You can choose to skip flower girls, or to be creative by playing the role of a friend or family member who is not already a part of the wedding party. You can even assign this duty to a trained pet who understands when it's time to walk down the aisle. Instead of walking down the aisle, some people invite their grandparents to do so. The aim is to include them in your special day and pay tribute to them in some way. Last year, the behavior became somewhat of a craze, and the term "flower grandmas" was created.
If you still want the small ones to be a part of your wedding but don't want them to be flower girls, you can have them be page boys sure.
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