IVE-YEAR-OLD flower girls look cute in layers of tulle with ribbons matching the colour theme and posies or floral baskets to hold. Despite the months of planning needed for a wedding, dresses for little ones should not be sorted until a couple of months beforehand, as they have a tendency to grow.
Ten-year-olds may be more assertive than tiny tots, but don’t let anyone talk you into buying an extravagant outfit that will be worn only once. Try Debenhams, John Lewis, BhS or Monsoon for very pretty frocks that are both on trend and reasonably priced.
Be sensitive with teenagers — avoid kitting them out in a frock that does their burgeoning curves no favours, like huge skirts in garish colours. Opt for something subtle – and if they are able to wear the dress again to the school prom, so much the better.
Older bridesmaids are easier. Marshmallow Bride in St Albans stocks lovely dresses for this age group, by Veromia. And grown-up bridesmaids note — even if you have a fantastic figure, resist the temptation to do a Pippa Middleton and outshine the bride. All eyes should be on the girl in the big white frock, not the hottie following her down the aisle.