Little girl after the bride

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NHHL

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Singapore-English
- What word do you have for a little girl who goes after the bride and lifts up a little bit the bride's wedding dress tail?

Thanks very much,

NHHL
 
  • Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    The little girls are called bridesmaids; I think the little boys are called pageboys. Sometimes there are one or two older ones who help with the train of the dress, or there might be only one who's called I think the chief bridesmaid, as at Prince William's wedding. That's in the UK.

    Hermione
     

    Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    In my experience (which may reflect AE usage), the little girls are called junior bridesmaids. A bridesmaid, without the "junior," would usually be a friend or relative of the bride. She is typically more or less the bride's age, not a little girl.
     

    GreenWhiteBlue

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    We have a US/UK difference at work here. In the UK, it is common for a bride to have a group of child attendants, and the girls would be called "bridesmaids". In the US, bridesmaids are usually the bride's adult female friends, and the only little girls one will find among the attendants would be "flower girls" who lead the procession.

    Note that the part of the wedding dress you are thinking of is a "train", not a "tail", and it is common to let it be drawn along on the floor after the bride rather than to have it carried.
     

    Gwan

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    New Zealand, English
    In NZ we'd also call the adult women bridesmaids (with the principal bridesmaid perhaps known as the maid or matron of honour, depending on whether or not she is married) and the little girls 'flower girls'.
     
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