When guests first begin to arrive before a wedding ceremony, the occasion has yet to officially start for them. Of course by that point the bride and groom's stress levels are peaking, but everybody else is still in normal day mode. They chat with each other. They check their phones. They peruse the program.
It is only when the flower girl first walks down the aisle that the guests at a wedding finally get into the spirit of things. It is the first real tradition of the day that everyone is a part of. It is a collective experience where they can all 'oooh' and 'aaah' together. It is a moment they all share.
That moment is special to the flower girl, her family, and everybody else in the room. But there is a lot of planning that goes on beforehand. There is just as much that goes into picking out an outfit for a flower girl as there is for bridesmaids, or even the bride. Here are a few things to consider when you are getting your flower girl prepared for her own big walk down the aisle.
Flower girl dresses come in either mini bridal or color-accented styles. The Spaghetti Strap Tulle Tiered Ball Gown with Beaded Waist is a lovely mini bridal style. Imagine how cute the photos of the bride and flower girl together will look when they are wearing matching outfits. The beaded waste ties in a bow in the back and the dress is available in ivory or white.
Dresses that come in a color accented style are great ways to coordinate the dress color with the seasons, to match the flower girl with the rest of the bridesmaids, or to give the flower girl her own distinct look.
The Tank Strap Cotton Sateen Dress with Self Tie Bow in Back is available in 40 different color options. It has a classic feel to it that is perfect for running through fields in the summertime. This dress is also easy to coordinate with bridesmaids' dresses because of the wide variety of colors and its simple and sleek style.
Odds are that no matter what shoe you pick out for your flower girl, those shoes are going to end up cast aside at some point in the day and she is going to be running around barefoot. That is why these shoes are usually pretty affordable.
The Olivia shoe is a great option for very young flower girls. It is a ballet shoe with a flat heel so it is perfect for running around all day long. The Olivia has a cute little bow detail at the toe and a quilted strap that goes over the foot. It is available in white or ivory.
The Betsy is a little bit fancier and would be better for a slightly older flower girl. It has the look of a ballet shoe but in sandal form and with a slight one-inch heel. It is available in dozens upon dozens of different colors.
Headpieces for flower girls come in as many different varieties as they do for brides. The Flower Girl Headband with Oversized Fabric Flower looks so good it can be worn again and again even after the wedding. It is easy to coordinate with any color in your wedding scheme because it is available in 40 different colors.
The Twisted Wire Silk Flower Crown is a headpiece that will have your flower girl feeling just like a little princess. It has flowers of all different sizes blooming and bursting out of it. This item is available in ivory or white.
Sashes are a simple and easy way to add either a splash of color or a little bit of extra flair to a flower girl's outfit. The Satin Flower Girl Sash ties into an extra large bow in the back for an 'Alice in Wonderland' type of look. This sash is available in any of 40 different colors.
The Shantung Floral Printed Sash with Self Tie Back Bow is an incredibly detailed and elegant sash. The flower print is so intricate that it seems to add an extra layer of depth to any dress. It is available in sangria, apple, or lapis color patterns.
What would Babe Ruth be without his bat? What would Keith Richards be without his guitar? And what would your flower girl do without her basket?
The Lovely Lace Flower Girl Basket is made of satin and has Chantilly lace wrapped all around it. It also comes with a ribbon adornment that is available in a multitude of different colors. This basket is as pretty as the flowers that will soon be placed in it.
What the flower girl in your wedding wears is one of the few things about their day that you can actually plan. Things can and will get spilled on that outfit. At some point during the reception the sash, headpiece and basket will be cast off, never to be seen or heard from again.
But that is nothing to worry about. Having a flower girl in your wedding is about adding a sense of fun to the day, as well as exemplifying the link between generations and the cycle of life. Picking out the right outfit is important, but not nearly as important as the laughs and smiles that the flower girl will inspire in you and in others on your big day.