When it comes to getting wedding ideas, we always advocate looking to celebrity celebrations for some true inspiration. That's why we've searched through some of our favorite star-studded ceremonies to see what style tips we could steal from their precious flower girls. There is plenty to copy from their looks, from sweet bouquets and flower crowns to pops of color. With all that inspiration, who knows — your flower girl might be the one stealing the show.
It's an honor for your child to be part of a loved one's wedding, but with that special position comes a bit of responsibility. With wedding season in full force, we're outlining some of the must-know duties for flower girls and ring bearers. Will your little one be walking down the aisle? Here are some tips and details to guide you through the experience:
Between engagement parties and bridal showers and bridal party luncheons, the number of prewedding events can be high. If your child is invited to one of the get-togethers, here are a couple tips to keep in mind:
- Consider the party an opportunity for your little one to establish relationships with the rest of the bridal party. You may not be present for all the day-of festivities, so it's important that your child feels comfortable with the others.
- Get to know the maid of honor or another person who's close to the bride so that you have another contact to reach when the bride is busy — both before and during the wedding day.
Whether your child is the flower girl or the ring bearer, the wedding attire is definitely something you should discuss early on. You want your little one's style to fit in with the rest of the bridal party, but it's just as important to find a comfortable option, too. Keep these specifics in mind:
- The bride likely has a vision for the entire bridal party, so reach out ahead of time to see what she prefers. Plus, since it's probably a one-time wear, be open and honest about your budget from the get-go.
- Depending on your child's age, you may want to wait until a month or so before the wedding to buy their outfit. Not only will you ensure a better fit, but you'll also have a chance to adjust the pieces as necessary.
- Shoes should be purchased in advance so that your little one can break them in and be extra comfortable for the big day.
Read on for more bridal party expectations.
There's no sweeter moment in a wedding ceremony than when the flower girl and ring bearer walk down the aisle performing their all-important tasks. We love the idea of giving little girls something unexpected to accompany them on their grand entrance, be it a sign, a fairy wand, or even the newlyweds' beloved pet. Check out these adorable ideas to make the little members of the wedding party look and feel extra special.
Label-loving brides (and moms of flower girls), brace yourselves. Oscar de la Renta's Bridal Spring 2013 runway show marked the exciting launch of his collection of dreamy, adorable flower girl looks for lil ones. The gorgeous dresses feature the most beautiful detailing, and the cuts are all entirely age-appropriate and sweet. Not that we'd expect anything else from Oscar . . .
Often responsible for adding some comic relief to an otherwise serious event, the cutest little members of a wedding party deserve to look good. If your son or daughter has the big-time responsibility of being a flower girl or ring bearer this Spring or Summer, check out these sweet outfit options for every type of event! Whether they'll be barefoot on the beach or on their best behavior in a house of worship, there's a pint-size solution for every style of wedding.
Almost like it was ripped from the pages of one of the magazines she graces, Kate Moss's wedding was nothing short of a romantic fairy tale. The bride's rhinestone-accented Galliano gown and floral headpiece were complemented by a bevy of beautifully dressed attendants that continued to carry out the bohemian theme in custom-made Bonpoint dresses. The ivory chiffon gowns were embroidered with rosebuds to complete the garden look. For brides hoping to create a similar feel at their weddings, I've rounded up some dresses that mimic Kate's classic style.
Clockwise from top left: Crewcuts Cotton Lawn Peony Dress ($68), Cream Dorothy Dress ($151), US Angels Cap Sleeve Shirred Empire With Hand Beaded Trim (price upon request), US Angels Trapeze Ringer Dress(price upon request), Flora and Henri Pintuck Petal Dress ($114), Cream Red Rose Dress ($180).
Their duties may not include much more than looking cute while walking down the aisle, but a royal bride still carefully considers who walks behind her. For the newly anointed Princess Charlene of Monaco, the honor was bestowed on seven young girls. They join a long line of attendants waiting on royal brides on their wedding day. Take a look back on what other flower girls have worn through the years, including members of the most recent royal wedding parties.
Clockwise from top left: Crewcuts Girls' organdy Fiora dress ($98), Watters Style 42533 (contact company for price), Joan Calabrese Illusion and Satin Dress ($178), Us Angels Empire Waist Flower Sash Dress ($138), Us Angels Ivory Organza Dress with Sash ($104), Fox n Lily Chloe Dress ($220).
Wedding days can be full of surprises, but a reluctant flower girl doesn't have to be one of them. OWD addresses tips for keeping the littlest wedding attendants happy on her OnSugar Blog, Our Wedding Day.
Perhaps the only one photographed as often as the bride at a wedding is the adorable toddler flower girl. Who can resist the sight of a cherubic little girl in her own beautiful gown? Of course, that perfect portrait may be hard to catch if the little cherub is red faced and throwing a toddler-sized tantrum. As cute as a toddler flower girl can be in her tiny toddler flower girl dress, it's important to remember that she is still a very young child and special considerations will need to be made to keep her happy on your wedding day.
- Choose a dress and shoes that are comfortable and age appropriate. Most toddler flower girl dress designers will offer styles that are easy to put on and take off and easily wearable for long hours. However, when picking out toddler flower girl shoes it's important to take into consideration current walking abilities and general comfort. If your flower girl is a fairly new walker, soft soled flower girl shoes may be most appropriate.
- Make getting down the aisle easy. Speaking of walking, consider the distance of an aisle from a toddler's perspective. If your flower girl is still wobbly, consider having an older ringbearer pull her down the aisle in a decorative wagon. Some toddlers get self conscious in front of groups of people, so having a church full of strangers stare at them while they walk down the aisle can be intimidating. One of your attendants can walk beside her or may even carry her down the aisle.
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Lil girls spend hours practicing for their role in a wedding, but when the big day arrives, nerves often get the best of them. Whether you are the bride or the flower girl's anxious mother, prepare the wee member of the bridal party with some toys that will help her replicate the wedding day. Here are 10 of my favorite wedding-related toys that will also occupy the lil darling during the reception as well.