Post # 1
My FI wants to have all of her nieces in the wedding, however, they range from 1-17 years old. The younger girls we are making flower girls (oldest flowergirl will be 8yrs), and the older nieces will be 14, 15, and 17, and they were going to be junior bridesmaids. But now thinking about it, we are not sure what age is the cut off for the title junior. We are mostly concerned about the oldest who will be 17. Just curious as to what others think about this! Thanks!
Post # 2
I never really understood what the distinction was between the two beyond the name obviously and that they are usually shorter than the rest. Obviously if they are younger they may not be involved in some of the bachelorette activities, but neither would a 19 yo “bridesmaid.” Seems like nothing but syntax, but correct me if i am wrong.
I would just call everyone a bridesmaid and call it a day.
Post # 3
Because the 3 teenagers are so close in age (and are all under 18), I think they should all have the same title, one way or the other. Personally I lean to “junior bridesmaid” but either is ok. Perhaps ask them?
Post # 4
I think you could go either way with the older 3. I think junior bridesmaids are just a made up category for girls who are too old to be flower girls and too young for the traditional bridesmaid role.
Would they be wearing the same dress as your other bridesmaids (if you have any)?
I agree that either way they should all have the same title, so there are no hurt feelings.
Post # 5
My future son in law’s niece is a bridesmaid, at 12. My daughter chose a gown that had the same style, for junior bridesmaid’s, but she was too tall for it (although a size 0 – so any smaller in size, and we would have been stuck). Generations ago, junior bridesmaid’s were in the 12-18 range, but young ladies these days tend to be taller and develop earlier, so that may be a deciding factor. (I was 5’9 in 9th grade and top heavy – so no junior for me, at 14).
Post # 6
We are letting all the girls pick their own dresses. Our official bridesmaids have “brides”men walking them down the aisle as well, but the juniors would be walking by themselves, and then sitting rather than standing with the rest of the party at the ceremony.
Post # 7
My youngest bridesmaid is 16. My daughters are 7 and 8. Too young for bridesmaids and borderline for flower girls. So I am having them wear matching “flowergirl” dresses that are the same color as mine. They will walk down the aisle just before me with their future step-brother (who’s 7) but they will not be throwing flowers and he will not be bearing the rings. They will either hold hands or maybe carry a “here comes the bride” sign since I wont be using that song. No official title, but still an important part of our day 🙂
Post # 8
I am having FI’s 14 year old sister as a JR bridesmaid. JR only because she is not old enough to attend bachelorette parties/drive to dress fittings/plan a Bridal Shower. 17 is old enough to be a regular bridesmaid given she is able to assume the responsibilities. Good luck!