The flower girl is usually a young girl between the ages of 4 and 8 who has a special connection to the bride and groom. She may be related to them or just be a family friend. The flower girl follows behind the bridesmaids with a basket of flower petals, scattering them down the aisle.
When it comes time to choose your flower girl, choose someone who is responsible and is old enough to take her role seriously. Avoid choosing someone who is too young. She can become confused and even scared walking down the aisle by herself.
After you have chosen your flower girl, make sure to sit down with her and explain what her role is, and help her to understand its importance. Seat her parents (or if she is your child, a close relative she is familiar with) on the aisle, near the front so that she can see them when she walks down the aisle. Assign a bridesmaid to be her buddy. Her buddy should make sure she uses the restroom before the ceremony and that her hair and dress are presentable. Don’t be too nervous if she makes a mistake like dumping all her flower petals in one spot, running down the aisle instead of walking, or starting to cry. Guests will only think it is cute. Keep in mind, the younger your flower girl, the more you have to be prepared for things to go wrong and be okay with whatever happens. If you’re the perfectionist type, choose an older flower girl, or go without one altogether.
The flower girl often wears a mini version of the bride’s dress, or a white dress with a sash that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses. However, any cute dress that ties into the look of your wedding will be suitable. Make sure the dress is comfortable and not too long. You don’t want your flower girl tripping down the aisle because her dress is too long. You can find flower girl dresses at most bridal shops, children’s clothing stores and department stores.