Ever wonder how brides choose the perfect flower girl dresses for their weddings? With all the options out there, it can be one of the toughest decisions in planning a wedding. In this article, we’ll look at some guidelines and ideas that may help make choosing flower girl dresses a little easier.
First, let’s cover some of the general guidelines. Although there is no age cut-off for being a flower girl, traditionally flower girls are between 3 and 7 years old. Of course, some brides think its fine to have teenaged flower girls; others prefer to use the term “junior bridesmaid,” “bridesmaid in waiting,” or a similar equivalent instead. It really comes down to a matter of personal preference.
For the purposes of this article, however, we’ll assume that the flower girl is 7 years old or younger. With that in mind, let’s talk about some of the traditional guidelines for flower girl dresses. Traditionally, most flower girl dresses have fallen to about knee length, or just a hair longer. Perhaps this is because longer dresses tend to look too formal on a youngster, or perhaps it’s because children tend to me more prone to tripping. Whatever the case, shorter flower girl dresses seem to be the best choice.
The most popular baby flower girl dresses have also traditionally been classic ball-gown styles, with a frothy full skirt that is gathered at the waist. This may be a good place to start when shopping for flower girl dresses, since you’ll find the largest selection of dresses in this flattering style. Keep in mind that these are just guidelines for choosing basic flower girl dresses. There’s no such thing as a right or wrong answer, so use your own best judgment.
What about colour? Many brides have favoured white flower girl dresses over the years. But recently ivory flower girl dresses have become very popular. Ivory dresses offer the advantage of hiding dirt and wrinkles well (which may be a consideration with a young and playful flower girl). Ivory flower girl dresses also won’t compete with the bride’s white dress for attention in the wedding photos. Speaking of color—don’t worry too much about what the adult attendants are wearing; flower girl dresses typically don’t match the rest of the bridal party. Although flower girl dresses can certainly be coordinated to match the wedding’s theme colors, most brides don’t take this extra step.
As important as color and cut are to a dress, don’t overlook accessories as a great way to tie flower girl dresses into the overall theme of your wedding. Even if you choose a white or ivory flower girl dress, you can customize the look by adding a sash in one of your wedding’s colors. As an alternative, you can opt to have matching jewelry for everyone in your wedding party, or give everyone the same shawl. (Just be sure the accessories you want can be ordered in smaller sizes!)
Keep in mind that if you do decide to match the flower girl’s dress to the rest of your bridal party, you should buy all of the dresses from the same company, and at the same time. Colors and shades can vary slightly from dye lot to dye lot. A better option may be to coordinate the colors with those of the wedding party, rather than trying for an exact match. If your bridesmaids are wearing navy blue, for instance, consider flower girl dresses in light blue. This can add a lovely—but very subtle—color accent to your wedding party. If you want your flower girl dresses to coordinate with the rest of the wedding party but are unsure about a coloured dress, another option is to stay with neutral colors, but to subtly mimic the cut of your bridal party’s dresses. If your bridesmaids’ dresses have a U-shaped neckline, for instance, find a flower girl dress with a similar cut. If the bridesmaids are wearing long sleeves, dress your flower girl accordingly.
As important as color and cut are to a dress, don’t overlook accessories as a great way to tie flower girl dresses into the overall theme of your wedding. Even if you choose a white or ivory flower girl dress, you can customize the look by adding a sash in one of your wedding’s colors. As an alternative, you can opt to have matching jewellery for everyone in your wedding party, or give everyone the same shawl. (Just be sure the accessories you want can be ordered in smaller sizes!)
Once you’ve decided which approach you like best, take your flower girl shopping. Have her try on a variety of dresses. You may discover that she doesn’t look good in the color you had envisioned, or that a longer dress suits her better. The more you let your flower girl participate in choosing her own dress, the more likely it is that she’ll be happy and radiant on your big day. Most importantly, give yourself plenty of time to make (and commit!) to your decision. Because of the sheer variety of flower girl dresses, making a choice may seem overwhelming at first. By giving yourself plenty of time to rule out the “maybes,” you’ll be more likely to arrive at a “yes, I love this dress!”
Finally—and maybe most importantly—don’t wait too long to order flower girl dresses. Waiting too long can be stressful, and it may also be disappointing if your first choices are no longer available by the time you make your decision. Flower girl dresses are constantly being discontinued and brought to market, so it’s in your best interest to seize the opportunity when you find a dress you like.
But what should you do it you’re worried about fitting a dress to a girl who is growing quickly? Simply buy the next size up and plan to have it altered just before the wedding. It’s much easier to make flower girl dresses smaller than to try to let them out! Because you want your big day to be special, paying attention to a few small details can really pay off.
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