We also explain what these attendants do on the wedding day.

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Junior bridesmaids are the sweet family members or loved ones who fall into that funny age range of being too old to be a flower girl but too young to be a bridesmaid. They're certainly not required to complete your bridal party, but it's a lovely way to include young girls you have a close relationship with and make them feel like they have a special role in your wedding day.

Generally speaking, junior bridesmaids typically range in age from about 9 to 15 years old, though tapping loved ones who are a little younger or a little older is still perfectly acceptable. As for who to ask, younger cousins, nieces, or sisters of the bride or groom are generally the most obvious choices for junior bridesmaids. That said, you could also bestow this title on the children of your close friends, goddaughters, or young ladies you've had a close relationship with for years. Maybe you were a mentor for one of the girls, or you babysat one of them since birth. No matter the familial relationship, your junior bridesmaid should be someone you'd like to honor on your special day.

When it comes to their attire, make sure you select something that's suitable for this age range. Junior bridesmaids usually wear something similar to the bridesmaids in terms of color and material, but it should be appropriate for their age—strapless dresses or plunging necklines won't do. The look should also be more grown-up than what you'd choose for a flower girl.

Her role isn't all about fashion, though. The junior bridesmaid can be as involved or uninvolved as you're comfortable with. You can include her in all of the pre-wedding festivities (besides the bachelorette party, of course), or you can choose to have her only involved in the ceremony rehearsal and wedding day. You might enlist her help for some fun DIY projects or assembling welcome bags. Her main duty is to process down the aisle ahead of the bridesmaids on your wedding day, but you could also have her greet guests at the ceremony entrance and pass out programs.

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