Couples constantly find small ways to make their special day one of a kind. They have the freedom to choose the location, the type of wedding ceremony, and the wedding traditions they want to observe. Deciding their guest list and wedding party members is also a great way to make their wedding truly theirs.
Flower girls, as their name suggests, throw petals as they walk down the aisle. Having one is optional, which means you are allowed to have none. However, there are plenty of ways you can customize this role. Below are 20 flower girl alternatives, ranging from who gets the role to what they toss or hold as they go.
Lovely Flower Girl Alternatives
1. Flower Child
2. Junior Bridesmaid
A junior bridesmaid is a member of the wedding party who is too young to be a bridesmaid but too old to be a traditional flower girl. Generally, a junior bridesmaid’s age falls under eight to 16 years old. She will have most of the duties of a typical bridesmaid, such as helping with wedding planning, attending appropriate pre-wedding events, and so on.
If you choose to have your junior bridesmaid double as the flower girl, make sure she walks down the aisle before the rest of the bridesmaids.
3. Ring Bearer and Flower Child in One
4. Baby in a Carriage
5. Flower Pet
Another alternative to a flower girl could be having your dog, cat, or any other pet trained to walk down the aisle and act as the “flower pet.” They can carry a basket of flowers and wear a special collar for the day. There are plenty of ways to personalize this idea, and it is proven to be a hit among guests because of how adorable it is.
For instance, you can incorporate this idea with the “baby in a carriage” alternative. Instead of having a young kid in the carriage, your pet can be pulled along by an older child or anyone from the wedding party.
To make it even more charming, some couples dress up their pets for the occasion. It is common to see dogs wearing formal clothes as they carry a basket down the aisle. Likewise, you can make your pet wear a garland or a flower crown.
Regardless, it is important to keep in mind how your pets will react to a crowd; some pets deal with the attention of an audience better than others. If you feel that they will get overwhelmed, have someone familiar walk the dog down the aisle. Once their task is done, bring them to a private and quiet place where they can relax.
6. Flower Man
7. Ask Your Grandparents
There is also some metaphorical significance in having a grandparent be a flower girl. There is a popular Korean idiom that, when translated, says, “Let’s walk on the flowery path.” This is a wish you make for a loved one, hoping that life treats them well and they are showered with blessings. Your grandparents may not have had the best living conditions, but they worked hard to give you and your parents the life you are currently living.
8. Throw the Petals Along the Aisle Beforehand
9. Wedding Banner or Sign
10. Framed Picture
If the couple wants to, they can have the flower child carry a picture frame containing an emotionally significant photo. This can be a heartwarming tribute to a relative who has passed away. Alternatively, couples can choose lighter and happier images, such as their casual engagement photos, a picture from their first date, and so on.
11. Something Old and Sentimental
In the same vein as the idea above, a simple flower girl alternative is to have her carry an important item or keepsake from the couple’s relationship. If the couple met or got engaged during a baseball game, have the flower girl bring the ball from that particular game. If the couple met during high school, a yearbook could be a delightful choice.
12. Wedding Sparkler
A longer wedding sparkler, such as 18 to 20 inches, is perfect for this occasion; they will stay lit for over one and half minutes, giving the flower child more than enough time to make it down the aisle. Moreover, there are heart-shaped sparklers that perfectly fit the occasion. Make sure to ask for permission from the child’s parents before giving them a sparkler.
Balloons have a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes; this means that there are unlimited ways to personalize this flower girl alternative. Likewise, children love playing with balloons — they will find it fun and exciting to walk down the aisle while holding balloons. Make sure that the balloons you will use match the color scheme of your wedding.
If you are having a beach wedding, a seashell girl (or anyone, for that matter) is a splendid flower girl alternative. Collect different seashells before the ceremony starts, put them in a bucket or ocean-themed container, and ask the child to throw them like petals as they walk down the aisle. This way, you can still “toss” without creating an unnecessary mess. Likewise, this will also require no cleanup.
Another fun flower girl alternative the child will thoroughly enjoy is bubbles. You have the option to get bubbles they need to blow or a bubble gun they can simply press. This idea is perfect for outdoor weddings, as it will require minimal setup and cleanup. The floating bubbles will also beautifully translate into images.
Another flower girl alternative excellent for outdoor weddings is a pinwheel. You can create one yourself to match the vibe, theme, and color scheme you are going for. However, you can also buy a readymade pinwheel in various stores. Either way, this idea is easy to execute and clean up and makes for adorable moments with the flower child.
19. Flower Garland
20. Floral Decorations
Provide bouquets, floral arrangements, and baskets of petals to be placed around the venue. Not only will this make for an aesthetically pleasing environment, but it will also eliminate the need for a flower girl. This is a necessary consideration for people who need to cut down on their guestlists, such as couples having a microwedding or hiking wedding.
As mentioned above, you do not need to have a flower girl; it is a matter of preference, convenience, and significance. Your venue might not permit the throwing of petals, your party might be a no-kids event, or you need to cut down on the size of your wedding party. The ideas presented above are creative and delightful ways you can work around these obstacles if you want to.