After the bride, the flower girl is likely to be the most recognized and remembered female on any wedding day. After all, she is the last member of the wedding party seen before the bride comes in. Traditionally the flower girl sprinkles petals down the aisle to bring good luck to the bride on her journey. Guests remember how adorable she is, and of course they’ll remember the dress that the flower girl walks down the aisle in. Often the flower girl is quite young, not to mention nervous. To help prevent young flower girls from getting wedding day jitters, dress a flower girl in something in which she’ll be comfortable and joyous in.
Many dresses are available to suit the needs and styles of every wedding. The first step to ensuring that your flower girl is comfortable is to think of the temperature and season of the wedding – especially if the wedding is outside. No one wants to see a flower girl shivering during the winter, or getting finicky when that adorable velvet dress gets too warm in the summer heat.
For Spring and Summer weddings, brides may wish to look for breathable materials and shorter designs. Satin, cotton, organza and chiffon are materials that work well for warmer season weather. Light adornments such as floral features, lace, puff sleeves or sashes are often included with dresses of these materials. Cooler seasons may prefer materials such as velvet, thick wool or even satin, as it can be temperature appropriate for all seasons.
Next, think about the style of the wedding, in both formality and location. Is it a casual backyard wedding or a glamorous ballroom event? More formal events often have flower girls in floor length gowns or miniature bridal gowns. These white “miniature bridal gowns” are often A-line floor length gowns with either spaghetti straps or thick straps that are easy for a child to wear in comfort.
Often, one can find flower girl dresses that match the bridal gown precisely for a flawless and seamless look for the entire wedding party. These miniature gowns can come with many details of the regular bridal gowns, such as beading, sequins and lace. Casual weddings may wish to have tea length gowns in bright shades with delicate details that flower girls are bound to find fun and joyful.
Shorter dresses may also be an option, especially for outdoor weddings where the ground may not always be even, and the temperature cannot be controlled. Shorter dresses can still be as elegant as their floor length counterparts, however, as adorable bubble hemmed dresses have proven. Other dresses that flare out to have volume around the knee are still elegant, while being at a length that ensures there are no trips from the dress being accidentally stepped on or tripped over.
Wedding themes and colors can even be thought of when choosing the perfect dress for your little flower girl. Most materials come in a wide variety of shades to match any set of wedding colors with ease, ranging from the classic shades to cheery and bright dresses that can surely be worn again with ease by any young girl. Even brides who wish for the flower girls to be in white dresses or miniature bridal gowns can find small ways to have their flower girls match the theme. White dresses can be accented with subtle amounts of color, with a sash, a head bow or even features built into the dress itself.
Brides that wish to incorporate several of their wedding colors can incorporate the same ideas as the brides looking to add a splash of color to white flower dresses. The base of the dress can be one wedding color, while a contrasting sash and hair bow can bring out the other color.
Accessories can be included into the look of every flower girl. Wintery brides can include a faux fur trimmed cape or muff to ensure that their flower girl is cozy and comfortable. Flower girls of any season can wear crocheted sweaters over the dress, or include gloves in their look. Of course, floral hairpieces are often added to accentuate the floral theme of the young flower girl. Headbands, tiaras and floral wreaths are the most popular choices, although there are many other options, even including white veils.
Flower girl dresses can coordinate with wedding themes decor, the current season of the wedding, the gown of the bride and even the personality of the flower girl herself. With a dress she loves, every flower girl is sure to be relaxed enough to be the adorable reflection that flowers girls are notorious to be. With these options, every bride can be reassured that their flower girl can be kept comfortable and happy.