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Miniature Bride?

So a little story to get started, my "neices" (best friend and matron of honors daughters) were my obvious choices for my flower girls even before I started any planning.  When my best friend renewed her vowels her daughters were also her flower girls, my son was her ring bearer.  Her oldest daughter would say for the longest time that she was going to marry my son, and after they were both in her moms wedding, my niece would tell everyone that she had married my son. =) you know it was so completely cute (keep in mind there is absolutely no actual family relation between them).  
Fast forward to when I went to pick up my wedding dress I wandered over to look at flower girl dresses, picked out one and my mom and I argued the whole way home over if a flower girl was suppose to wear white or if that was the mini bride. This was the first time I had ever heard of a mini bride.  Now I am so confused because really and truly I do not know what the actual role is or means, but I just thought since I already do have two flower girls and two ring bearers it wouldn't hurt to just switch the roles for my niece and my son.  Plus, I know my niece would absolutely love to get "re-married" haha.  
My Question is firstly, can anyone help me out with what the role of a mini bride actually is? Is it just to look cute and carry the title or is there more to it?
Secondly, I am completely open to your opinion on what to do! I am getting more and more confused by the day and the more planning that comes my way!

Thanks In Advance!

Re: Miniature Bride?

  • Miniature brides were a trend when I was growing up, at least in my area. I was one at age 7ish and my cousin was one at a similar age. They just wear a similar dress to the bride and carry a bouquet and process down the aisle. I was in some of the bridal portraits as well. It's mainly a different way to honor a child you are close to and truly there was nothing creepy about it IME. However, it is not really a current thing, so you are probably better off with a flower girl instead. I almost always see flower girls in white, though there is no particular requirement for that. She can wear whatever color you choose.
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  • climbingwifeclimbingwife NYC 'burbs member
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    Miniature brides were a trend when I was growing up, at least in my area. I was one at age 7ish and my cousin was one at a similar age. They just wear a similar dress to the bride and carry a bouquet and process down the aisle. I was in some of the bridal portraits as well. It's mainly a different way to honor a child you are close to and truly there was nothing creepy about it IME. However, it is not really a current thing, so you are probably better off with a flower girl instead. I almost always see flower girls in white, though there is no particular requirement for that. She can wear whatever color you choose.
    This is what's creepy about it. Why do you need a miniature version of yourself? Why can't this kid just be a kid (flower girl)? Why does she needs to be a mini adult? 

  • lyndausvilyndausvi Western Slope, Colorado mod
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    I don't get mini-brides.   :/

    Not that I want them, but why are the boys not called mini-grooms?   











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  • I think typically flower-girls wear white. mine are not they are wearing navy, when I told my mom (she is stuck in the 80's) she gasped, said they are supposed to look like mini brides. So other than that I had never heard of them.. Her calling them "mini-brides" was even more of a reason to not put them in white.

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  • lyndausvi said:
    I don't get mini-brides.   :/

    Not that I want them, but why are the boys not called mini-grooms?   




    There was a miniature groom in the wedding in which I was the miniature bride. I don't get the hate for it, truly. It feels like people saying, "Ew, children shouldn't play dress-up ever." We put little boys in suits all the time (adult clothes) but stick a long white dress on a little girl and oh, the horror! Double standard, IMO.

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  • hellohkbhellohkb mod
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    Some cultures have a mini bride and groom, but if you've never heard of it and don't wish to follow that custom, you don't have to. I am Hispanic and when I was the flower girl in my aunt's wedding I wore a dress that matched her. Then again, that was the mid-90s and her dress was fairly conservative. I think it was considered cute and like we were matching, not that I was literally a mini version of her.

    Flower girls can wear any color. My flower girl will be wearing ivory. I'm also wearing ivory, but it was more of a coincidence and the two dresses look nothing alike. 

    ETA: Some info I found on this subject:

     This tradition comes from Roman wedding traditions where 10 attendants in the wedding party dressed exactly like the bride and groom to fool evil spirits and keep them away from the actual bride and groom. By having 10 attendants dressed identically to the bride, the evil spirits would not know who was getting married. These 10 were also the lawful witnesses to the marriage. The attendants were generally children because they were considered innocent and therefore less available to being attacked by evil spirits.  Over time this tradition changed and the mock bride and groom became bridesmaids and ring/train bearers/pages in English speaking countries. Later on, bridesmaids became adults and adult groomsmen were added to weddings in place of children. Children’s roles in American weddings were relegated to flower girl and ring bearer, whereas, in the UK, little girls often still serve as bridesmaids.  However, in African weddings, there is still often a mock bride or mock bride and groom dressed exactly like the bride and groom to confuse evil spirits.




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  • AddieCakeAddieCake Beyond the Wall member
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    Miniature brides are probably the creepiest thing I've ever seen.
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  • My flower girl wore white, it's totally fine. Flower girls can wear whatever color you choose.

    And mini-bride is the weirdest thing I've heard... today.
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