Flower girl: Usually a young girl (Between 3 and 8 years old) who precedes the bridal party down the aisle spreading flowers or petals. The flower girl is often dressed in an
age-appropriate version of the bridesmaids' dresses.
Ring bearer: Usually a boy who carries the wedding rings on a pillow and presents them to the best man, groom, or officiant. The ring bearer often wears a traditional 'boy's suit' consisting of a jacket and shorts.
Junior bridesmaid: Usually a 10 to 14-year-old girl who is too old to be a flower girl, but not old enough to accept the responsibility of being a bridesmaid. The junior bridesmaid dresses are either the same or similar to the bridesmaids' dresses, and she should be included in bridesmaids' activities.
Make sure you have reasonable expectations. Your three-year-old flower girl may never make it down the aisle, but the story of how she refused to go will entertain family members for years.
Remember, anything these children do, short of a full-fledged tantrum, will be considered adorable.
Make sure a parent is free to assist the child. Many a wedding guest has chuckled to see a six-foot-tall dad act as flower girl next to his daughter. Trust the child's parents to tell you what the child can and cannot be expected to do. One parent or grandparent should be stationed at the end of the aisle and be available to sit with the child during the wedding.
Consider providing babysitting services for the reception. Many reception sites have separate rooms where young guests can be entertained by a babysitter. The parents of your small attendants will thank you for this.
Don't forget to buy age-appropriate thank-you gifts.
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