Junior Bridesmaid age?

posted 2 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Junior Bridesmaid or Bridesmaid?
    Junior : (7 votes)
    47 %
    Bridesmaid : (8 votes)
    53 %
    other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
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    811 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    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
    Member
    7216 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
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    1344 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    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
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    3713 posts
    Sugar bee

    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 # 7
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    535 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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
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    265 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    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!

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