Tradition says flower girls walk down the aisle right before the bride to announce her own big entry. However, there are multiple variables tradition doesn’t dictate any longer – and even the presence of the flower girl herself is entirely up to you.

So, who can you choose as your flower girl? The short answer is “anyone” – but here are some tips to help you navigate the decisional process:

  • If you want to keep it very traditional, you can choose a flower girl who is very young (up to 10 years old). She can be a relative (such as a very young cousin), or she can be a friend’s daughter. Either way, do make sure her parents discuss with her the responsibility she’s taking upon her shoulders. Also, make sure they are present at the wedding somewhere where they can easily comfort her if nervousness takes over.
  • If you want to, you can also choose to have an older flower girl – such as a teenager (who can also play the role of a junior bridesmaid), or even a friend who didn’t make it to the bridesmaids’ crew.
  • Last, but definitely not least, if you feel someone else is more suitable for this role, if you want to add a dash of uniqueness to your wedding, or if you simply want to make someone happy, anyone from your group of friends and relatives can play the flower girl role. Yes, even your grandmother – imagine how adorable she will be tossing flower petals to welcome you down the aisle!

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