Forever Your Girl: Dressing Your Fabulous Flower Girl

by Lisa Beth Miller

flower girl The adorable little flower girl! Who could possibly be cuter? This special little girl plays an important role in the wedding day and deserves to be dressed like the princess that she really is!

How does the bride go about deciding how to dress the flower girl?

Well, there are two schools of thought on this issue. One trend suggests that the flower girl should be dressed in a child-sized (and child appropriate) version of the bridesmaids’ dress. The bride can either ask if the bridesmaid dress designer also makes a child’s version, or simply obtain color swatches of the bridesmaids’ dress and shop with a designer who makes children’s dresses exclusively.

The second possibility is to take the approach of dressing the flower girl as a mini-bride, in a white or ivory dress that coordinates more with the bridal gown than the bridesmaids’ dresses. This idea is gaining popularity because it can make shopping a bit simpler! With this fashion strategy, the bride should observe her own gown (is it white or ivory? lace or satin? does it have ruffles or pickups?). Focusing on these details, select a dress for the flower girl that will coordinate.

Also keep in mind, that children will continue to grow as a bride plans her wedding! Be very careful not to order the flower girl’s dress too early. Some experts even suggest going up a size at the time of ordering (assuming a seamstress will alter the dress once it arrives!) It is usually best to order dresses 4-6 months before the wedding to ensure that there will be enough time for quality alterations.

On a final note, be sure the flower girl knows how special she really is! There are several children’s books available that could help the little girl truly appreciate and understand the experience! My favorite is Eloise at the Wedding!

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