By Joan Salmon
Preparing for a wedding ceremony is no small feat as everyone is looking for perfection. However, many are times, the children are barely given consideration. It is little wonder that some look like they were not present for measurements to be taken or for fittings to be made. That aside, how best can these little darlings be dressed up to look prim and proper as the rest of the entourage?
Grace Kyomukama of Ug Bridals says, “Flower girls are usually between three and eight years or 10 years on the upper side. To make them comfortable yet keep them looking the babies they are, here is what we can do;
Avoid floor-length dresses except for very formal or black & tie weddings
Regarding length, Kyomukama suggests that they are dressed up in ballet length (slightly above the knee) or Tee length (slightly below the knee) dresses. These can be coupled with body stockings to make them more like the babies they are.
“Comfort is paramount with these children. Therefore glamorous and excessively puffed dresses should be done away with as they are usually heavy while others are very long impending the child from enjoying the day as they would have loved to,” she advises.
For those that want flower girls to match with the bride, Kyomukama says it can be done without making the flower girl’s dress look a replica of the bridal dress. “Use a few ascents and embellishments matching with the bridal dress.” For those that want flower girls’dresses to match with the maids’ dresses, adding a little bit of the maids’ dress material to their dresses will do well. ”These will allow for the desired uniformity while still allowing the flower girls to remain looking like children.“
Regarding the shoes, Leticia Nabukeera of Kids’ World, advises that only flat shoes be given to these little ones to ease their movement allowing them to enjoy themselves.
Victoria Akiteng, also of Kids’ World, says these are the majorly neglected persons in the entourage. “From ill-fitting suits to missing socks, page boys usually fail to fit in with the rest of the glamorously looking entourage.” Nonetheless, she suggests the following combinations for these little boys;
❖ dress shirt, waistcoat, bow tie and dress trousers
❖ Suspenders, dress shirt, bow tie and dress trousers
❖ Tuxedos as they have a perfect fit
❖ You may also have them in cummerbunds, dress pants, dress shirts plus a bow tie
❖ Short suits plus high socks and patent shoes are also worth the thought
❖ In place of ties that usually fail to fit well, have pocket hankies or boutonnieres
❖ For those that opt for suits, please go the extra mile to ensure they fit well
While most of the girls that fit in this bracket are teens, they are still young and dressing them up to portray that is important. It is for that reason that Kyomukama suggests that makeup is left out while dressing them up.
She also advises that their personalities be incorporated into the dresses as long as they still match with the theme of the wedding because they are at an age where they can voice their preferences.
Besides that, body-hugging clothes are not a great idea for these maids as they tend to make them look older than they really are.
Nabukeera also suggests that high heels be avoided. But in the event that one desires something other than flat shoes, kitten heels will do
“You do not have to match them up with the maids. While fabric and colour may stay the same, play with the length to suit their heights.” Kyomukama says, “
The way their hair is catered to matters a lot, more so the flower girls as this can also make or break their look and attitude during the wedding day.
For children whose hair was not originally relaxed, Sharon Naddamba of The Nest children’s salon advises that it is left natural. “Despite one having kinky hair, it is no reason to relax their hair as these chemicals are not good for their tender scalps. You could venture into using texturizers to soften it.”
If you are to braid the hair, she suggests that the braids are light lest they become burdensome which makes the children cranky and gloomy throughout the day. “Loose plaiting is also great so they do not develop headaches or bumps.”
Molly Mugisha of Kids Avenue Salons advises that styles such as pencil, weaves, and wigs are avoided as these make children look mature.
“Have a hairstyle that suits every child regarding their facial features. You do not have the same hairstyle for all,” Mugisha adds
Regarding hair extensions, she says there is need to take note of the children’s hair colour so that those that blend with each child’s hair are picked lest some children stick out like sore thumbs. “For example, using black hair addition alongside brown hair does not look good at all.”
With regards to accessories, simple ones such as flowers, animated puff holders, butterflies, colourful metallic beads, and bows accentuate these children. “However, let these accessories blend with the colours they are wearing,” Mugisha mentions.
“When plaiting, be as gentle as possible and give them time to play in between the plaiting so they do not get irritated,” Naddamba urges those plaiting the children.