Dressing the flower girl

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The ideal flower girl is aged 3 to 7 and is usually a younger sister, a niece, a young cousin or the daughter of a friend. Make sure the child you have chosen is mature enough to play the role without difficulty. She must be able to carry a basket full of flower petals or a small bouquet resembling that carried by the bride, and she must preceed the bride down the aisle.

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The flower girl's dress should be in the same style as the bride's. Generally, it is entirely white with shoulder straps or short sleeves and made of silk, satin or some other material similar to that worn by the bride. The dress is usually accompanied by a tasteful headdress, or the flower girl may wear flowers in her hair. In the case of flowers, they are most often the same as those used in the floral arrangements. This season, translucent white gloves seem to be a preferred part of the flower girl's wardrobe.

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In the case of jewellery, the flower girl often wears earrings and a simple necklace. It is important that the jewellery be delicate and subtle. The same is true of make-up, which, if used, should be applied lightly. Simplicity is, after all, the essence of a flower girl's beauty.