Sometimes a bride has a special girl in her life that she wants to be a part of her wedding day, but the girl is too old to be a flower girl and a little too young to be a bridesmaid. This is why junior bridesmaids exist!
Junior bridesmaids are typically anywhere from nine years old to fifteen, and they get to take part in certain areas of the wedding preparations and day. They tend to love their role, and they come in quite handy!
Here’s everything you need to know about junior bridesmaids:
Before The Wedding
A junior bridesmaid can be a part of any of the activities that the regular bridesmaids are (except probably the bachelorette party). This means that she can go to dress fittings, bridesmaids lunches, food tastings, and anything else the bride feels like inviting her to.
The Bridal Shower
While a junior bridesmaid probably can’t take part in the bachelorette party (unless it’s tame), she can really shine at the bridal shower. She can help the other bridesmaids plan it, or if not that, she can lend a big hand wherever help is needed during the party, a junior bridesmaid should help, just as the regular bridesmaids will. Whether she’s helping to make food, serve, make favors, clean, decorate, clean up, jot down who gave what gift, or anything else, this is an area where she’ll be needed most.
The Wedding Day
A junior bridesmaid gets the honor of walking down the aisle during the wedding procession, getting to be a part of the wedding program, and getting to sit at the table with the wedding party. It’s up to the bride and groom whether the junior bridesmaid stands up with the bridesmaids during the ceremony, or just takes a seat at the front. The bride may also ask the junior bridesmaid to do small things on the wedding day such as hand out programs, send-off bubbles, or favors, help with small children in the wedding party, or help seat guests.
The Dress And Flowers
There are a few options here, depending on your junior bridesmaid’s age and what the other bridesmaids’ dresses look like. Many times, a junior bridesmaid simply wears a dress with similar colors to the bridesmaids’ dresses. But if she wants to “match” the other girls more, she can get a identical version of the bridesmaids’ dresses and have it altered by a seamstress to be a little different. If the bridesmaids’ dresses are on the more mature side and she’s a bit too young for the style, the seamstress can make her dress a little more conservative or youthful.
The junior bridesmaid should also be provided with a bouquet that matches or is very similar to the bridesmaids’ bouquets.
Watch the video below to see the difference between flower girl bouquets, junior bridesmaid bouquets, and bridesmaid bouquets:
No matter how many bridesmaids, flower girls, or junior bridesmaids you have, we hope you have a truly beautiful ceremony. If you’re currently planning your wedding and are looking for a wedding venue in Los Angeles, check out beautiful Grand Banquet Hall! We have hosted incredible weddings for years! You can also take a look at our availability or contact us for more information!