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Select the Perfect Flower Girl Dress
Flower Girls: An Old Tradition
A Special Dress for Your Youngest Attendant
While much has changed over the last century, modern brides still cling to many of the old traditions. Having a little girl serve as flower girl is one of those cherished traditions. Even the most modern couple can hardly resist having a young relative or friend all dressed up, scattering flower petals before the bride.
This youngest bridal attendant will need a special dress. Some brides choose a traditional white party or pageant dress in a girlish style. Others dress the flower girl like a miniature bride. Still others select a dress in a color that coordinates with the bridesmaids. Retailers offer plenty of options, no matter which approach the bride choooses.
Now let's have some fun looking at dresses!
Photo from State Library of Queensland
Where to Shop for Flower Girl Dresses
Little Girls' Party Dresses
One of my favorite options, and one I suggest to budget-conscious brides, is a delightful business in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Lid'l Dolly's makes knee-length dresses with plenty of ruffles and lace. These dresses are made of washable polyester/cotton fabric so they are machine washable and wrinkle-resistant. When my three daughters were small, they each had one or more of these dresses. So did many of their friends. These dresses are well constructed. I can vouch for this as lots of Lid'l Dolly's were handed down from sister to sister and friend to friend at my church. They only look delicate!
They also come in a wide range of colors, all with white collars and trim. There is an all-white version that is very popular for flower girls. Sets of small bows are available to pin allover the white dress if you want to add a splash of color, too. Their factory store offers all essential accessories: fluffy slips, lace-trimmed socks, and more. The size range goes from infants (for those nieces that are too little to be in the wedding, perhaps) through girls' size 7 or 8.
This bridal superstore has a huge color selection for all bridal attendants. These flower girl dresses are pricier than a regular party dress, but some discounts apply if the bride gets her gown there as well. Check with your local store for the current promotional deals. David's has long dresses and tea-length dresses. As a mother, I recommend tea-length or shorter. No matter how mature your flower girl, she is still a child and you want her to be comfortable and safe from tripping. If you do choose a long style, have it hemmed a bit shorter than you would an adult's gown.
Make the Dress Yourself
If you choose to make the flower girl's dress, these books can help. You can also browse the pattern catalogs at your local fabric store. Most commercial patterns have excellent step-by-step instructions, so fear not!
Save Money on the Flower Girl Dress
Auctions, Consignment, or Do-It-Yourself
Gently used dresses abound on eBay and at children's consignment shops. Search a bit and you may be pleasantly surprised at the money you save. A considerate bride might even let the flower girl wear a dress from a previous wedding, since some little girls seem to be in lots of weddings. (A friend of mine has an especially perky daughter who did flower girl duty in probably a dozen weddings--she was a real professional!)
Making the flower girl dress is another option. It may or may not save money, depending on the materials used. This is a labor of love for someone who enjoys working with lace, ruffles, and wiggly little girls. (Ever try to pin a hem on a dress when it is being worn by a 3-year-old? You have to be fast!)
Helpful Links - Flower Girl Patterns and Dresses
- Ravelry: Flower Girl Tutu Dress pattern by Happy Heart Fiber Art
- Sewing Patterns for Girls
Get the Best Sewing Patterns, Templates, Designs and Projects at Store.MarthaPullen.com.
- Alfred Angelo
Alfred Angelo Bridal - Flower Girls collection