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Flower girl dresses are worn by little girls between the ages of three and eight, mainly at weddings. The flower girls walk down the aisle ahead of the maid of honor, sprinkle flowers and confetti in the path of the bride.

flower girl dress 1How many flower girls? Decide how many flower girls you will have. Some brides have just one, while others invite several little girls to take part in their wedding party. If you have more than one flower girl, take into account their various ages so you can find a dress style that will be available to accommodate their different sizes.

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Age. Keep the age of flower girls in mind. Flower girls are typically young girls under age 8. Junior bridesmaids are older. There is no “cut off” age or real distinction other than some girls will really balk at the idea of being a “flower girl” somewhere around the age of 8-10.

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Season. The weather and time of year will play a big part in the style of the flower girl dress you pick out. If you are getting married in the summer or spring, then you want to make sure you do not get something that has long sleeves as she will be very hot and may tend to complain more. If your wedding is going to be in the winter or fall, you don’t want to pick a dress that has short sleeves as she will get cold.

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Style. The style of the flower girl’s dress shouldn’t come out of left field. Tie it in to some other aspect of the wedding: It can echo the styling of the bridesmaids in color, style, or length. Or, it can be a mini version of the bride’s dress or have similar elements such as lace or beading. Certain styles work better in a big hotel ballroom, others on a beach, so keep that in mind as you shop.

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Color. Pick complementing colors. A flower girl dress is an easy way to tie all your wedding colors together. It can be the same colors as your bride’s maids’ dresses, or it can be white or ivory. If you go with white or ivory, consider choosing a dress that has accents of your colors on a sash, beading, embroidery, or headpiece.

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Formality. The formality of her dress will depend on the formality of the wedding. If you are having your wedding on the beach, then your flower girl’s dress should be something in light and airy colors, such as pastels and simple designs. If you are having your wedding in a ballroom setting, then you want to pick a fancy dress for your flower girl.

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Comfort. No matter how precious the flower girl looks, if her dress and shoes are uncomfortable, it will be reflected in her face and behavior. Scratchy dresses and tight shoes have been responsible for everything from fidgeting to temper tantrums over the years, so take this issue seriously.

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Theme. Choose a dress for the setting. Just as you have chosen your gown to reflect the backdrop of your wedding (whether it is a ballroom or the beach), you should do the same with the flower girl dress.

Length. There are two different lengths that you should consider when picking your flower girl dress, floor-length and tea-length. If you choose tea-length, make sure the socks or tights that you choose to go with it are appropriate for the style of the dress you choose. If you decide to go with floor-length, make sure that your flower girl will not trip over it.

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Quality and Fabric. As you know, little girls do not sit still either at the reception nor will they stand still while you say your vows. Always pick fabrics that are not easily wrinkled and possibly ripped. Stay away from fabrics such as silk and velvet to avoid wrinkle and tear, though they can often be very comfortable.

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If you decide to make your own personalized basket for your flower girl, here are some ideas of things you can do.

Dress Up a White Basket. White baskets are often used by flower girls. You can stick with this traditional look while making the basket unique for your wedding. You can make your white basket have an individualized look by having it painted by an artist to match your wedding theme.

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Ribbon lacing. Pick color-coordinating ribbons to weave in a woven basket or tie to the exterior of a non-woven basket. Use the color wheel to help determine a coordinating color that will stand out, but still look fantastic in pictures. For example, for a purple color theme use lime green ribbon. Use extra ribbon to make large side bows attached to the handles of the basket and allow the extra fabric to drape down from the sides of the basket.

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Metal or plastic pails. Pails can create an unusual look. Plastic pails are perfect for a wedding with a beach theme or a ceremony being held right on the beach. Make the plastic pail look beautiful by gluing on seashells to its exterior.

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Flowers. Create a basket made only of flowers. Gather a large quantity of lilies or orchids with long stems. Clear the stems of all leaves and cut the ends so they are all the same size. Bundle the stems together with all the flowers at the top and the trimmed ends at the bottom. Wrap a rubber band around the bundle to secure it and carefully hot glue the stems together in random places to hold the bundle together. Hot glue ribbon to the bundle to use as a handle, add a large bow to the front and wrap twine around the bundle to reinforce the basket. Prepare the basket the day of or the night before to prevent wilting flowers.

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Hats. Hats are a different flower basket idea. Turn the hat upside down so the flowers can be held in the interior of the hat. Use a chin strap for the handle or sew on a handle of your own. Just about any type of hat can be used.

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Be echo. If you want a rustic look for an outdoor or old fashioned style wedding, try one making a rustic buckets. It looks like a butter churn or a handmade ice cream maker.

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Use gourds. A white pumpkin or large gourd can be hollowed out and used as a flower girl basket for fall weddings. Attach a handle to the top, such as a woven basket handle with floral wire. You can paint the gourd any color or simply leave it unadorned.

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Baskets for flower girls can be as varied as wedding themes. Some baskets are traditional, such as the baskets used to hold magazines in your home, while other baskets tie into the specific theme the couple chose for their wedding. If you’re not sure what type of baskets you’d like the littlest members of the wedding party to carry, consider some outside-of-the-box ideas.

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Cost. Flower girl baskets can cost anywhere from $30 to $80, sometimes more. Cost depends on the style, design and where you purchase them. It’s always a good idea to look around to see what’s available in your price range so that you can get the best deal.

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Size. The size of the basket is one of the first things to consider. The flower girl basket should not be too bulky for the flower girl to carry. A bulky basket will hinder the throwing of the flowers.

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Design. The flower girls dress and the flower girls basket should match the theme and colors in your wedding. Choose a design that will go well with your wedding colors. Traditional weddings are usually white.

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Shape. Traditional flower girl baskets come in four shapes – round, fan-shaped, inverted hat-shaped and square shaped. It’s your wedding and if you like you can come up with something unique to your taste.

flowergirl_basket_shapeStyle. For the conventional wedding, you can go with a more traditional style by using lace tied around the basked. You may also want to think about trying something different by using fabrics such as white satin, velvet, brocade or silk.

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Age of your flower girl. If she is under five years of age she will need a basket that is easy to hold such as a plain round one. For older girls a fan-shaped flower girl basket or the inverted hat-style of basket will work. For a more formal wedding use white lace or satin for the baskets.

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Color. Red, purple and pink are traditional colors whereas the blend of aqua and brown have a more sophisticated look. For an elegant look choose a special design or flower to be attached to the side of the basket.

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A flower girl is usually a young girl between the ages of 4 and 8 who has a special connection to the bride and groom. Perhaps she is a niece or cousin, or a family friend. She follows behind the bridesmaids, before or after the maid of honor, with a basket of flowers, scattering them down the aisle.

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Age is important. Flower girls are generally between four and eight years old. If the girl is a bit older, you might consider making her a junior bridesmaid; junior bridesmaids wear dresses similar in color and style as the bridesmaids’, they walk down the aisle in the procession, and they stand at the altar or stage with the other attendants.

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Think about personality. In selecting a flower girl, brides should consider the girls’ maturity and personality. Very shy girls may be frightened by the prospect of walking down the aisle and may refuse the daunting task at the last minute. More active girls may surprise the crowd by dashing up the aisle to see how fast she can make her petals fly. If this is your second (or third) marriage and you have kids, consider having your daughter serve as a flower girl.

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Relationship with the couple. The best scenario occurs when your flower girl already has an existing relationship with you. Family should be a top priority when choosing flower girls. Weddings are about relationships and families. Choose relatives before you look outside the family. You may find a flower girl on either the bride or the groom’s side of the family. If there aren’t any young family members or none suited to the role, consider the children of close friends.

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One or more flower girl. Traditionally, the bride chooses two flower girls, one older than the other so they can help each other do their moment. If you have three little relatives who dream of being flower girls, then consider having three flower girls. Choosing extra flower girls creates an elegant and regal setting.

Cuteness shouldn’t be a criteria. Every bride wants beautiful photos. You wouldn’t, however, tell your sister that she wasn’t cute enough to be in your album. Young girls who are eligible to be your flower girl are either family or children of friends. They deserve the same consideration. When choosing a flower girl, the focus should be on the relationship – not  on the cute factor.

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Discuss with the parents. Never approach a child about being a flower girl without consulting her parents. Indeed, refrain from discussing the matter with the parents unless you are seriously considering their daughter. Future disappointment often results from a premature request.

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Preparation for the ceremony. One of the best ways to do prepare your flower girl for her role is buy her a book about being a flower girl which will explain her role, and get her excited. Seat her parents on the aisle, near the front so that she can see them when she walks down the aisle and during the ceremony itself. Ask a bridesmaid to be her “buddy” and make sure she uses the restroom before the ceremony.

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Not allowed to throw petals in venue: Many couples find that their venue doesn’t permit the throwing of flower petals. In this case, your flower girl could instead carry single flowers to hand to guests as she walks up the aisle, or have two small bouquets to give to the individual mothers of the couple.

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Keep the relationship alive. Make an effort to maintain a continuing relationship with your flower girl. She was part of your very special day. Your wedding also welcomed her into a celebration of love. Most flower girls are family members or close acquaintances so it can be easy to keep in touch. If you live across the country you can always send an occasional card or a short note as a sign of your appreciation. Your flower girl, after all, will forever figure into your love story!

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