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What Is a Junior Bridesmaid?

How to find a role in your wedding for a special girl

By Suzie Faloon

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As a bride, you can invite a young girl who is special to you to be a junior bridesmaid in your wedding, and give her some grownup duties to carry out, such as handing out rice or minding the guest book. It's particularly a warm way to welcome a girl into a blended family.

Age

The perfect age for a junior bridesmaid is generally between 8 and 14 years old. She may be too old to be a flower girl and too young to be a bridesmaid but deserves a place of honor in your wedding.

Considerations

When the bride and bridesmaids go shopping for the bridal gown, the junior bridesmaid accompanies them. On the day of the wedding, she will wear an age-appropriate bridesmaid gown, for which her parents are financially responsible.

Prewedding Responsibilities

The junior bridesmaid attends the bridal showers and helps with preparations and cleanup. She also attends the rehearsal and dinner.

The Wedding

The junior bridesmaid may be asked to help pass out wedding programs before the ceremony and help usher people to their seats. She walks down the aisle ahead of the bridesmaids and stands with them at the altar during the ceremony.

Reception

If the junior bridesmaid is comfortable in this role, the bride may ask her to join the wedding party in the receiving line. She can also pass out bubbles, rice or confetti to the wedding guests at an appointed time.

Bride's Daughter

It is appropriate for the groom's or bride's young daughter to be a junior bridesmaid and walk her mother (or stepmother) down the aisle alone or with other siblings. She can also take part in the family vows or exchange of pledge rings.

About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a floral designer and a freelance writer.

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JUNIOR BRIDESMAID

A female who is too old to be a flower girl and too young to be a traditional bridesmaid. Often participates in the bridal shower, ceremony rehearsal, rehearsal dinner and the ceremony processional but not the bachelorette party.

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