Sofia Angeli, Guest Author
Before the bride walks down the aisle, there’s another lady who usually steals the show. No, it’s not the mother of the bride. Who else but the flower girl? Yes, this little charmer almost always catches the attention of the guests. Perhaps, it’s the innocence and the element of surprise that she brings to such a formal and momentous event that makes her worth the wait.
Your little angel might be doing the walk for the first time. Or she might be doing it once more after a not-so-successful appearance the last time. So how do you deal with your own little flower girl? Here are some suggestions on how to make it more pleasant for her and for you.
Even if the bride has called for a wedding rehearsal, you should brief and practice with your little flower girl how she should walk down the aisle. Explain to her what the procession is all about. Tell her what will happen. Especially for toddlers, sometimes they just get shocked about everything new around them.
Tell her that there will be music. If you can get hold of the music the entourage will be marching to, let her hear it and practice walking to that tune.
Describe to her what things will look like – that there will be people around and that there will be others marching, too. Of course, it will be much easier if she’s familiar with the place of the ceremony.
If possible, let her meet other members of the entourage so she’ll be friends with them. She’ll look forward to seeing them again on the wedding day.
When she fits her dress, ask her to walk around to make sure she doesn’t trip. Ask her, too, if the dress, particularly if it has layers of tulle, doesn’t feel too heavy.
If she’ll be carrying a basket of petals to be scattered as she walks down the aisle, make sure the basket is light enough for her to carry around. As much as possible, let her carry the basket, too, while wearing the dress before the wedding day.
On the day of the event, don’t make her wear the dress too early. She might get too tired of wearing it or damage it from playing, eating or drinking while waiting for the ceremony to begin.
Walking Down the Aisle
Bring a couple of her favourite toys or books to keep her occupied and calm before the ceremony begins. Don’t forget to have in your bag a few biscuits that she likes, in case she gets hungry and the ceremony gets delayed.
Ask members of your family whom she’s fond of sit near the aisle as she walks. Seeing familiar faces will calm her nerves and also make her flash her cute smile that will be great for the cameras.
Lastly, keep in mind that things may not go as you planned – or practiced. Make sure you’re dressed and made up for appearing on the aisle, too. In case she stops and refuses to go the whole length of the procession, calmly go to her, hold her hand and walk happy and proud with your little girl.
Copyright © 2013 – Sofia Angeli. Sofia Angeli is a PR & communications consultant for companies in various industries. In particular, she brings her writing skills and passion for travel, culture, arts and lifestyle, including wedding planning and engagement rings, to the online world.
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