Flower girls are -- how shall we put this? -- not always so careful with the flowers in their care.
Consider giving yours something with staying power, like this easy-to-make ribbon bouquet with built-in handle.
Dot jacquard flower girl dress, $198, J.Crew.
Ribbon (#4495, width 75, colors 31 and 64), $22.92/yard, Mokuba New York, 212-869-8900.
1. Cut a 3-yard length of 3-inch-wide taffeta ribbon. Working in 6-inch sections, sew a basting stitch along one edge, gathering ribbon as you go. Knot thread at end.
2. Twist ribbon to form a spiral, securing every few inches on sewn edge with fabric glue.
3. Make felt handle. Cut two 2 1/2-inch circles and a 4 1/2-by-3/4-inch strip. Wrap strip around a circle and glue ends; glue other circle over ends.
4. Tie 1 yard of ribbon in a bow. Glue handle to bow and back of flower.