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Do you have a niece, nephew, close family friend or sibling who is too old to be a flower girl but too young to be a bridesmaid alongside your sorority sisters and high school besties? You can still honor her by asking her to be a junior bridesmaid. But with your 'maids covering your bachelorette, bridal shower, and more, what exactly does a junior bridesmaid have to do? Here, our etiquette experts weigh in.
Oftentimes if you have a loved one who falls between the ages of eight and 14 (or, in your mind, is too old to be a flower girl and too young to be a bridesmaid), you can honor her by including her in the bridal party as a junior bridesmaid. Of course, if your girl is 13, for example, she likely won't be planning — or partaking — in common bridal party functions such as the bachelorette (unless, of course, you keep it PG). Filling this role is completely up to you, and is often used when you have a much younger sibling, cousin, or niece that you're close to. A junior bridesmaid's sole responsibility is to walk in the processional alongside the rest of your bridesmaids. She should wear a dress that falls within your bridal party's perimeters, but it is, often a lot more modest and young-looking than the other bridesmaids's gowns (designers like Watters make special junior bridesmaid looks for this exact purpose). If you want she can also stand in the receiving line but that's completely up to you. She should be included in the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, and may be included in the pre-wedding bridal shower if you wish.