Bridesmaids, typically young children between three and eight years old; or older, between 14 and 23 years of age, follow the page – who carries the rings -, and carry a basket with them to spread roses during the procession of the wedding ceremony. However, they can also carry a single flower or a bouquet, which will match the bride’s bouquet.
However, some children feel insecure and uncomfortable in the “H hour”, just before entering the church. Therein lies the importance of selecting more than one maid of honor, in case it is necessary to replace the child at the time of the wedding, always talking to the same, explaining its importance in advance, minimizing the pressure.
To reassure her, however, it is always advisable for parents to position themselves in front of her, so that the child can focus and be encouraged by their smiles, motivation and relaxation. Therefore, the bridesmaids must sit with their parents after passing through the procession; the older ones can stay at the altar.
Traditionally, adult bridesmaids are responsible for helping with the choice of bridesmaids’ dresses, such as being present at pre-nuptial events, serving as a witness during the signing and assisting with the bride’s entry and exit, as well as taking care of the bridesmaids. and others. However, such tasks can be based only on the needs foreseen by the couple.
dresses for bridesmaids
The ideal dress for the bridesmaid should not necessarily be a replica of the bride’s dress, as there are a multitude of models that will harmonize with the whole. Therefore, girls under the age of six may feel uncomfortable with dresses that are too long or skirts that are too full, ideally, models up to the knees. For girls above this age, for example, the use of princess-style dresses or strapless models is recommended.
The fabric, however, can vary, being light, if the wedding is held in the morning or afternoon, or more elaborate for night ceremonies, but without exaggeration. Therefore, it must follow the style of the bride’s dress, as well as the color and adaptation of the cut. The difference must be contained in the details, without exaggeration in the application of adornments or ruffles.
In general, bridesmaids wear white, pearl or pastel outfits, in flowing fabrics such as cotton and tulle, or in taffeta, organza or satin detailed in lace and ribbons, and in velvet during winter. However, they can contrast details foreseen in the bride’s dress or bouquet.
For bridesmaids between three and eight years old, it is always suggested to opt for dresses that will primarily guarantee their comfort, taking into account that they do not pinch, pinch or trip. However, larger bridesmaids will wear pieces compatible with the bride’s dress, as will the bridesmaids, which also extends to the hairstyles and accessories chosen, such as headdresses and gloves.
According to rules of etiquette, the bride must provide the bridesmaids with bouquets, as well as gloves and arrangements. However, the parents of the bridesmaids and pages bear the expenses of the clothes. Make sure that everything is properly clarified when making the invitation, so that they participate, giving parents the chance to decline the invitation. Therefore, nothing prevents the bride and groom from covering such expenses, if they so wish.
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