What do you do when there is a special girl in your life that you want to include in your wedding, but she is too old to be a flower girl and too young to be a bridesmaid? You add her to the wedding party as a junior bridesmaid.
A Junior Bridesmaid is a mini version of the other bridesmaids. She wears an age appropriate dress that matches theirs. She is included in lunches, hair appointments, and manicures. She may go shopping with the group, and she has specific duties to help out.
Note: If you also have a young boy in your life, a junior groomsman is very trendy. If you have both, it is even better. He is to be dressed like the other groomsmen, and he attends events with them.
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This is the perfect time to add a junior bridesmaid to your wedding party. The trending dress for 2018 is the short bridesmaid dress by Azazie. This makes it much easier to match your junior bridesmaid to her partners. Bridesmaids are also wearing sleeves and a higher neckline. They are wearing traditional accessories, such as pearls or simple stud earrings.
The junior bridesmaids are often given the honor or performing at the wedding. If she is in dance a performance is a perfect addition to the reception. Let her work with the DJ for the perfect music for her show. Make sure she has a great dance outfit. You can order online and have dance pants for every performance.
She may also sing, recite a poem, or read scripture at the reception. Whatever you assign her to do; she will be a lovely addition to the wedding.
Other things Your Junior Bridesmaid Can Be Included In
Here is a list of things you can assign your junior bridesmaid that she can handle beautifully and she will feel like a valued member of the group:
- Making wedding favors
- Helping attendants seat guests (especially parents and grandparents)
- Passing out programs
- Passing out bubbles, rice, or confetti after the ceremony
- Passing out seedlings as wedding favors is a popular idea that she can handle
If your junior bridesmaid is your daughter or soon to be step-daughter, you may want to have her serve as a junior bridesmaid to honor her, but you may also want her to be part of the vow exchange. This is a part of many weddings where families are being blended. The parents write vows to the children to love and protect them. The parents can help the children in writing vows to the new members of the family. Don’t pressure her, just let her know she is being honored.
Including children in the wedding that have a special place in your heart is endearing and it helps get your union off to a great start. Don’t forget to give them a thank you gift. An instant camera with a small photo album and a few packages of film is a great gift and they may grab some photo shots that you love. Whatever you gift them with, make sure you thank them for their hard work. They will never forget it.