Perhaps the only one photographed as often as the bride at a wedding is the adorable toddler flower girl. Who can resist the sight of a cherubic little girl in her own beautiful gown? Off course, that perfect portrait may be hard to catch if the little cherub is red faced and throwing a toddler-sized tantrum. As cute as a toddler flower girl can be in her tiny toddler flower girl dress, it's important to remember that she is still a very young child and special considerations will need to be made to keep her happy on your wedding day.
How To Keep A Toddler Flower Girl Happy:
Choose a dress and shoes that are comfortable and age appropriate: Most toddler flower girl dress designers will offer styles that are easy to put on and take off and easily wearable for long hours. However, when picking out toddler flower girl shoes it's important to take into consideration current walking abilities and general comfort. If your flower girl is a fairly new walker, soft soled flower girl shoes may be most appropriate.
Make getting down the aisle easy.
Speaking of walking, consider the distance of an aisle from a toddler's perspective. If your flower girl is still wobbly, consider having an older ringbearer pull her down the aisle in a decorative wagon. Some toddlers get self conscious in front of groups of people, so having a church full of strangers stare at them while they walk down the aisle can be intimidating. One of your attendants can walk beside her or may even carry her down the aisle.
Reserve a seat of honor for your toddler flower girl.
Even the shortest ceremonies can seem like an eternity for a toddler. Expecting her to sit still (or worse, stand) during the ceremony is asking for trouble. Instead, have one of her parents or grandparents waiting for her in the front row with a few favorite toys or books to keep her attention.
Cut the photo session short.
Yes, she will be adorable in pictures. At least, she'll be adorable in the first few pictures until she is ready to move on to the next activity. Arrange to have all professional photographs with children taken at the very beginning of your photoshoot and then let the kids wander off and play until the next event.
Allow time for food and rest.
When you're planning your ceremony, reception and photograph sessions, remember that your toddler flower girl will be in the best mood if she is allowed to keep her schedule as normal as possible. Ask her parents about regular snack and nap times and try to make sure she'll have time between events for these critical breaks.
Expect the unexpected.
Above all, remember that kids are unpredictable and your toddler flower girl won't understand that you've been dreaming about your wedding day for years. If you have your heart set on a formal affair that goes perfectly, complete with perfectly scattered rose petals lining your walk down the aisle, than a toddler flower girl may not be the best option. If, however, you can relax a little and enjoy the whimsical element that children can bring to a wedding, you'll probably end up with some great photos!