Girls halos- medium-fbA popular tradition for flower girls is to fill a small basket with petals that she can strew down the aisle before the bride. This is a beautiful part of the ceremony for a child old enough to confidently do so. However, if a flower girl is very young, this can be a confusing job and lead to tears or retreat once it’s time to descend the aisle. It can be intimidating for a little one to face all the adult guests watching from their seats. Instead, make the job easier — fill her small basket with flowers and just let her carry it.

  • If your bridal gown is being custom designed, consider using remnants of the gown material to cover a plain basket in layers of elegant material, coordinating the flower girl with the bride. Fill the adorned basket with either petals or flowers.
  • If you were once a flower girl and still have the heirloom basket, recycle it by having your flower girl carry it down the aisle in your wedding with petals or blooms.

Too young to strew petals?

  • Another option is to give a young flower girl something she can hold onto such as a tiny bouquet. If you have multiple girls, give each a different bouquet containing one variety of flowers that all tie in visually with the flowers carried by the bridesmaids.
  • If the flower girl is very young, have a wristlet made on a length of ribbon and tie it around her wrist. For an infant, glue a single flower head such as a daisy to a small circular Band-Aid and stick the Band-Aid to the wrist of the baby.
  • If you have multiple flower girls or one or more are younger, consider having one long garland that each holds onto. This ropes them into one floral line as they descend the aisle. The youngest can be placed behind the oldest in line making them easier to manage.

Choose an interesting shape

  • A kissing ball, or floral pomander, is a great choice for a flower girl. The handle made of ribbon, velvet cording, or perhaps a decorative bead bracelet can be worn over the wrist of the small child with the ball of flowers hanging from it.
  • A small, fashionable purse left open and filled with flowers is fun for little flower girls to carry down the aisle.
  • In a variation of the bride and groom giving a rose to their mother as a part of the ceremony, have two flower girls descend the aisle to present a rose to each mother. Be sure to wire the roses for extra strength to keep the children from snapping the head off.

For a garden wedding

  • Glue long-lasting flower heads such as daisy mums randomly over the skirt of the flower girl’s dress. Do this on the morning of the wedding for freshness. Complete the ensemble with a headpiece of fresh daisies.
  • A small wreath of flowers can have an engraved silver bell tied into it. The flower girl descends the aisle in front of the bride gently ringing the bell to announce the beginning of the formal ceremony.
  • A cute clutch or a summer hat pinned with a cluster of flowers gives a sassy garden vibe to a flower girl.

For a wedding on the seashore, send the flower girl barefoot down the sandy aisle carrying a large open seashell filled with flower petals to strew before the bride.

Honor a deceased family member by incorporating a piece of her jewelry, such as a pin or brooch, into the flowers of the flower girl.

Matching headpieces

  • Flower girls can look like small cherubs with garlands of flowers in their hair. Often their hair is very fine so carry a profusion of hairpins for pinning the floral halos in place. On a very young child, it sometimes works best to pin hair barrettes into their fine hair, then pin the headpiece to the barrettes.
  • Floral halos made by hand wiring clusters of gypsophila, also known as baby’s breath, into a circlet are very popular. If you choose to lace with ribbon and add a bow for accent, consider tying tiny wisps of baby’s breath into the streamers for love knots.
  • Small garlands of flower heads such as spray roses or daisies wired together into a circular form and either left plain or adorned with a tiny bow and streamers are also a good choice for flower girls.
  • Small flower heads can also be wired or glued into a hair barrette, fabric bow, or onto a headband for the flower girl to wear.

How have you made flower girl flowers more fun?

This is the second of a three-part series by Sharon McGukin, author of “Flowers of the Heart: A Bride’s Guide to Choosing Flowers for her Wedding.

Read the first in the series, “Tips for Including Children in Your Wedding.”

Read the third in the series, “15 Fun Floral Ideas for Ring Bearers.”