Finally, a roundup of pretty things for flower girls! It’s not a topic we hit very often. Flower girl jewelry and accessories tend to be small – dainty, you might say – and understated. And the dresses? Can be super, well, last-minute. An afterthought mirroring the bride’s gown or something chosen simply because it matches the bridesmaids’ dresses. We say nuts to that! Flower girls deserve their moment in the spotlight, too. If you’re shopping for a tiny attendant, whether she’s your little girl or a loved one’s, try one of these gorgeous flower girl dresses on for size:
From Maliposha Clothes
From Weddington Way
From Olivia Kate Couture
From Tutu Du Monde
From Kirstie Kelly Design
From Cassie’s Closet
How are you going to dress your flower girl?
If there’s a special young lady in your or your intended’s family who is too old to be a flower girl and too young to confidently take on the responsibilities borne by most bridesmaids, perhaps she can stand in your wedding part as a junior bridesmaid. But what is a junior bridesmaid, anyway? It’s a question we get every now and then from clients who notice our stock of junior bridesmaid dresses and wonder who they’re for.
Typically, a junior bridesmaid is a young lady who is between the ages of 9 and 14 years old. Sometimes she wears the same dress as the adult bridesmaids, but often a dress that is entirely appropriate for a bridesmaid in her mid-twenties just won’t look right on a junior bridesmaid – which is why you may see junior bridesmaid dresses paired with bridesmaid dresses in bridal salon look books. Younger junior bridesmaids may wear different wedding jewelry, particularly if they don’t have pierced ears.
As to what junior bridesmaids do, the answer may simply be show up on time to the wedding. However, many junior bridesmaids take their responsibilities very seriously and want to do what they can to help and participate along with your other attendants. If you find yourself with a mature and proactive junior bridesmaid, you can have your adult bridesmaids ask her to help with the planning of the bridal shower. Local junior bridesmaids can go shopping along with you and the rest of your attendants. And at the wedding itself, she can light candles, hand out programs, walk with the procession, and be recognized along with the entire bridal party at the reception.
If you’re thinking of asking a young cousin or friend to be a junior bridesmaid, just keep in mind that she may feel nervous about standing in front of a ceremony venue full of people or of doing things like helping seat guests. When assigning tasks, consider what your junior bridesmaid is comfortable with and make sure she understands she can say no if she’d rather not be in the wedding party.
Let’s talk flower girl jewelry. If a flower girl is little enough, the jewelry she wears at a wedding may be some of the first real jewelry she ever receives. You can probably guess that it’s not unusual for the bride and groom to give the flower girl a gift of a necklace and bracelet and maybe even earrings if she has pierced ears. But is flower girl jewelry a must-have line item on the average wedding budget? The short answer is no.
In terms of actual responsibility, the parents of the flower girl are typically on the hook for the flower girl dress and accessories. That said, we love the idea that our hypothetical flower girl will always think back on her first time in a wedding party as the first time anyone – in this case, the bride – gave her a special gift of jewelry.
Flower girls don’t even have to wear jewelry when it comes right down to it, of course, but what little girl wouldn’t go gaga over the opportunity to wear a grownup jewelry set? We say if you’re on the fence about putting flower girl jewelry in your wedding budget, consider that these accessories in miniature are usually very reasonably priced – and the sparkle in your flower girl’s eyes when you present her with her very own wedding jewelry set will make the cost worth every penny.
Brides-to-be often have the most questions about dressing flower girls – especially when it comes to wedding jewelry and accessories. Here are some of the questions we’ve been asked in the past:
What style of jewelry is appropriate for flower girls?
You should look for flower girl jewelry that’s similar to the wedding jewelry your bridesmaids are wearing, whether that’s pearl wedding jewelry or rhinestone wedding jewelry. Your flower girl will look beautiful in whatever you choose, as long as you pick accessories that harmonize with your whole bridal party’s style.
Should I ask my flower girl’s parents for input?
Only if you want to. They’ll have a good idea of whether she’ll tolerate wearing a necklace or tiara for the length of the ceremony or if she’s one of those little girls who can’t seem to avoid snagging necklaces and undoing hairstyles.
Are there special wedding jewelry options for flower girls?
Yes! Flower girls are typically younger and so will look best in more delicate jewelry – plus, necklace lengths are typically designed for the adult frame. You can always have a jeweler shorten a necklace or bracelet for your flower girl, but consider that many flower girls would much rather wear a flower girl tiara than a necklace set.
Are the rules the same for wedding jewelry for junior bridesmaids?
In our experience, a junior bridesmaid can be anywhere from 7 years old to in her upper teens. Think about the girl herself when buying wedding jewelry for a junior bridesmaid. If she’s on the younger side, choose smaller, more delicate pieces that won’t look overwhelming. But for older junior bridesmaids, we recommend buying the same wedding jewelry you’re buying for your of-age ‘maids.