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Including your young sister, niece, or soon-to-be sister-in-law in your wedding is a charming idea. What young girl wouldn't be thrilled to be a part of the festivities. But, what should she wear for a beach wedding?
Beach weddings tend to be more casual that traditional, hometown weddings, and flower girl fashions reflect this. You flower girl's dress should mimic the style of the older wedding attendants. If they are wearing simple, cotton shift-like dress, so should your flower girl. If the older bridesmaids are wearing strapless dresses, however, it's more appropriate to add spaghetti straps to the little girl's dress.
Footwear can be challenging for a beach wedding. Again, the flower girl's shoes should be a variation of the adult attendant's. Sandals or simple, one-strap, Mary Jane-style shoes are best.
Accessories for a flower girl at a beach wedding should also be simple. A pearl necklace or gold chain and perhaps a ribbon in her hair to match her dress are enough. Give the girl a simple floral bouquet of hibiscus or gardenia flowers to carry.
The beach scenery is beautiful enough that you don't want a lot of color and frills to detract from the setting. As with all beach wedding attire, simple is best.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|