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What Does a Flower Girl Do? – Ask Emmaline

Hello, loves! Today we’re answering an Ask Emmaline wedding advice question from bride-to-be, Ashley, who asks, “What Does a Flower Girl Do?” Here’s her full question…

Flower Girl Dress (by Olivia Kate Couture, photo by Michelle DuPont) - What Does a Flower Girl Do? via EmmalineBride.com

flower girl tutu by olivia kate couture, photo by michelle dupont

“Dear Emmaline, My niece is six years old and I want her to be my flower girl. She (and her mom) accepted, but now what? What does a flower girl do? Does a flower girl toss anything other than petals? What age is best for the flower girl? Thanks!”

Great question, Ashley (P.S. Six years old is a perfect age for a flower girl). Read on to find out what a flower girl does, the proper age for a flower girl, what she can toss, what to carry, and more!

Who Pays for Flower Girl Dress?
(Plus, 12 Flower Girl Dresses Under $100!)

flower girls

by olivia kate couture, photo: jen jar photography

Bride-to-be Allie wrote us this week with a common wedding etiquette question we know you’re probably wondering, too! She asks,

Hi Emmaline! My niece is the flower girl in my wedding and I just started looking at flower girl dresses. I showed some to my sister (my niece’s mom) to see her thoughts on the dresses I found. I was wondering, who pays for the flower girl dress? Who picks it out? Thanks in advance!

Great question, Allie! Here’s the wedding etiquette on who pays for the flower girl dress at your wedding…

How to Decorate with Burlap and Lace

how to decorate weddings with burlap and lace

by ling’s wedding

Hi, loves! Today we’re fielding a new Ask Emmaline question from Jen who wants to know about decorating her wedding with burlap and lace — a popular combination. She asks a question we know other brides are probably wondering, too! ↓

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Hi Emmaline! My wedding is rustic and shabby chic. I want to use burlap and lace as decor but I’m not sure where to start. Do I buy a roll from the store and make everything myself? What do you recommend? I am trying mostly DIY projects and need advice. Thank you!


Hi, Jen! Great question. Burlap is a tricky material to work with, even though everywhere you look you see perfectly executed runners, wraps, favors, bouquets, and more. While you certainly can give burlap a solid go with a roll from a craft store (I’ve grabbed some from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon online for a little savings), I generally don’t recommend it unless you’ve worked with it before. Here’s why: burlap is a tough, strong-smelling fabric that sheds everywhere. And while I love it, your best bet is to use imitation burlap (especially on tables because the smell really is that strong!) OR buy your supplies from a pro burlap designer (who uses both real and faux burlap). For accents like table runners with lace, for example, getting one pre-made is the best route because the designer has worked with it before and will have a custom table runner made to fit your specifications (and table sizes)…

6 Cute Signs for the Flower Girl/Ring Bearer to Hold

here comes the bride ring bearer walking down aisle with pennant flag

by the ritzy rose | photo: studio tran

Today we’re tackling one part of your ceremony: what the flower girl and/or ring bearer will hold or carry down the aisle. There is the traditional choice of a flower basket or ring pillow, but what if you don’t want to do what everyone does? If your venue won’t let you toss petals, your flower girl or ring bearer is shy, or you just want to do something unique, you’ll love these signs for the flower girl or ring bearer to hold from The Ritzy Rose. These range from cute phrases like, “You think I’m cute? Wait for the bride” to “Uncle ___, here comes your girl”. Check out our favorite six signs below including one for the reception! Enjoy!

Why This Flower Girl Gift is Absolutely Perfect

As the bride, you’ll want to get your flower girl a thank you gift for being in your wedding. But the number one question most brides ask is, what should I get her? Since a flower girl is usually between four to eight years of age, you’ll want to consider something in her size: a pretty necklace (or earrings like these), a cute purse she can carry, a pair of shoes to wear at the wedding (and beyond), or a doll or toy you know she’s been wanting (have you ever seen a cuter teddy bear than this?!). These suggestions are always popular choices, but we’re adding a new one to the list! Find out why this flower girl handkerchief from Canyon Embroidery is becoming a huge gift-giving trend among brides…

Flower Girl Handkerchief

A flower girl handkerchief is a simple idea, but wait until you see how Canyon Embroidery takes it one step further:

flower girl handkerchief

by canyon embroidery

Beautiful Shabby Chic Wedding Along a River — Real Weddings

We have an inspiring wedding to share with you today complete with a shabby chic theme, blush pink color palette, whimsical entertainment for guests, and handmade details you’ll want to steal for your own wedding! This beautiful day, captured by Shutterfreek, took place at a private location on the Animas River in Farmington, New Mexico. Morgan & Brycen didn’t miss a thing when it came to delighting and entertaining their guests. They included a breathtaking ceremony along a river, handmade signage, floral arch, guest book Jenga pieces, gorgeous floral arrangements, a romantically lit tented reception under the stars, music, dancing, yard games, and a sparkler send off. Our favorite detail is the different “bars” they set up everywhere for guests including a custom dessert bar, lemonade bar, and ice cream bar. Gather ideas for your own wedding with these inspiring details…

Shabby Chic Wedding Along a River | Beautiful River Weddings | photo: shutterfreek

Giveaway: This Flower Girl Necklace is a Perfect Gift for Weddings!

Hello, lovelies! We are bringing you a new giveaway to make your weekend even sweeter! The flower girl jewelry collection over at Belle Bridal Jewelry is adorable! Susan’s handmade charm necklaces and bracelets make perfect gifts for your littlest wedding attendant. We’re giving away one flower girl necklace to two lucky winners in this special giveaway. Read on to find out more…

Flower Girl Charm Necklace

blue charm necklaces

by belle bridal jewelry

4 Cotton Flower Girl Dresses That Will Make Her So Happy

Looking for cotton flower girl dresses that are ultra cute & comfy? They’re here! Before you read more, be Instagram buddies with us. That’s where you’ll find the latest happenings around the office & on the blog!

We’re kicking off this lovely morning with a new Ask Emmaline question. Bride-to-be, Erika, writes to us with the following:

I’m getting married next spring and I’m looking at flower girl dresses. My wedding theme is boho rustic and held outdoors, and I want something dressed up but comfortable enough for my two flower girls (aged four and six) to run around in. I don’t want anything poofy. Any advice?”

Great question, Erika! It’s a great idea to plan ahead and thoughtful to think of your flower girls being comfortable. When it comes to an outdoor wedding, something comfortable they can move around in is key. One of our favorite flower girl dress options for rustic weddings is Olive and Fern.

Cute cotton flower girl dresses in ivory | Olive & Fern | photo: Miles Witt Boyer Photography | via http://emmalinebride.com/flower-girl/cotton-flower-girl-dresses-ivory/

by olive and fern, photo: miles witt boyer photography

The cotton flower girl dresses from Olive and Fern are handmade from Eco-friendly natural cotton in ivory. Your flower girl will love to wear her dress because it’s so comfortable. For an outdoor wedding, comfort is essential: you won’t want her to get itchy from layers of scratchy tulle underneath or get too hot from synthetic, non-breathable fabrics. These dresses can be worn in nearly any season (spring or summer recommended; fall is great with a light cardigan). The natural styling allows for coordination with nearly any theme, with rustic being our favorite choice for this style.

And, in case you’re wondering… they’re totally twirlable. Because, let’s face it, as a flower girl, twirl-ability is pretty much a deal-breaker.

Cute cotton flower girl dresses in ivory | Olive & Fern | photo: Josselyn Petterson | via http://emmalinebride.com/flower-girl/cotton-flower-girl-dresses-ivory/

by olive and fern, photo: josselyn peterson

Here are four handpicked dresses we know would work extremely well for your big day.

1. The Ivy

Cute cotton flower girl dresses in ivory | Olive & Fern | photo: Kali Norton Photography | via http://emmalinebride.com/flower-girl/cotton-flower-girl-dresses-ivory/

dress: olive and fern, photo: kali norton

2. The Original

Cute cotton flower girl dresses in ivory | Olive & Fern | via http://emmalinebride.com/flower-girl/cotton-flower-girl-dresses-ivory/

by olive and fern

3. The Ooh La La

Cute cotton flower girl dresses in ivory | Olive & Fern | via http://emmalinebride.com/flower-girl/cotton-flower-girl-dresses-ivory/

dress: olive and fern

Getting boots for your bridesmaids? Don’t forget about these for your flower girl!

4. Roses

Cute cotton flower girl dresses in ivory | Olive & Fern | via http://emmalinebride.com/flower-girl/cotton-flower-girl-dresses-ivory/

dress: olive and fern, photo: jenn ocken photography

Which of these dresses is your favorite? You can find out more about these (and see dozens more) at Olive and Fern.


Now it’s YOUR turn:

What do you think of these cotton flower girl dresses?