Including a flower girl in your bridal party can add a touch of charm and childlike innocence to your ceremony, and if there is a special little girl in your life she will no doubt be thrilled to play such an important role in your wedding. However, being a flower girl can be fairly daunting for a young child.
Every bride has her own ideas about what they would like their flower girl to do, but usually she walks down the aisle in front of the bride or maid of honour scattering rose petals in their path. Many venues no longer allow petals to be strewn on the floor so modern flower girls often simply carry a basket of flowers or a miniature bouquet.
If you really want an aisle full of petals have an adult scatter an even layer just before the bridal party arrives. Your flower girl can still sprinkle a few petals on top, but she's not responsible for the overall look.
If your flower girl isn't actually scattering petals you could suggest she carries her favourite doll or teddy bear down the aisle, perhaps dressed in a special co-ordinating wedding outfit. Little girls tend to be much braver with a teddy by their side.
Make sure your flower girl has met and got to know your bridesmaids in the run up to the wedding so there are familiar faces around. Make sure you spend at least a few minutes with her before the ceremony so she feels she is a special part of your day.