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Including a flower girl in your bridal party can add a touch of charm and childlike innocence to your ceremony, and if there is a special little girl in your life she will no doubt be thrilled to play such an important role in your wedding. However, being a flower girl can be fairly daunting for a young child.What does the flower girl do?
Every bride has her own ideas about what they would like their flower girl to do, but usually she walks down the aisle in front of the bride or maid of honour scattering rose petals in their path. Many venues no longer allow petals to be strewn on the floor so modern flower girls often simply carry a basket of flowers or a miniature bouquet.
Once the flower girl has walked down the aisle, her main duties are looking adorable and starring in some of the wedding photos. Older flower girls may stand at the altar with the bridesmaid, while younger ones tend to sit with their parents or grandparents during the ceremony.
Although your flower girl might be involved in the wedding rehearsal so she knows when and how she needs to walk down the aisle, it is unlikely you will have a spare basket of rose petals for her to practice with.
Sit down with her and explain how you would like her to scatter the petals, perhaps a small handful of four or five petals with each step she takes, so you don’t end up with all the petals at the entrance and none near the altar. Ask her parents to practise this with her in the lead up to the wedding.
Walking down the aisle may sound simple enough but your flower girl will also need to practise her processional pace; otherwise in the excitement of the moment you may find her hurtling headlong down the aisle. She will need to practise walking in her dress which may be longer or stiffer than she’s used to, and also walking with her basket which may be quite heavy for her small arms.