The tradition of a flower girl goes all the way back to the height of the Roman Empire when the flower girl represented the bride’s passage from a girl into a woman. Today, it’s become a great way to involve the little ones in your wedding and honor your family or friends by asking for a niece or child to throw flower petals.
Adding a flower girl to your ceremony will most likely mean that you will need to supply a flower girl dress, otherwise, you may be putting an unnecessary and unappreciated burden on the child’s parents. Finding a flower girl dress may seem like you’re adding just another thing to an already stressful day, however, the explosion of online offerings means you can find a dress without ever leaving the comfort of your home.
Here are some ideas for adorable flower girl dresses:
While many people opt for shorter, fluffier flower girl dresses, if your flower girl is a bit older (say 7 or 8), she may appreciate a flowy empire-cut dress with capped lace sleeves. Plus, no one will have to worry about forcing her into patent Mary-Janes!
A cap sleeve, tea-length A-line dress looks absolutely precious on a young flower girl. The empire cut and sheer sleeves add an old-world whimsy we love. Worried the cut will be too old for the little one? JJsHouse.com designer Jessica suggests off-setting “older” styles with younger fabric, such as a gathered floral design embroidered skirt or shirred bodice.
Organza is a classic choice for a flower girl’s dress. This silky, floaty material looks downright angelic in a blush pink, split overlay layered over a cream skirt. You won’t have any trouble finding dresses that use this type of fabric, but we love the layered look for its “petal” appearance.
If you’re having an elegant affair and would like for your flower girl to match, consider getting a flower girl dress that uses a cream satin brocade in a round0neck, sleeveless, fit-and-flare silhouette. Even more fun is an addition of a pearl embellishment at the waist. And don’t worry! Brocade is nowhere near as costly as you might think. You can easily find some lovely options for under $50.
If you’re marrying in winter or late fall and want to make sure the flower girl isn’t shivering, look for a dress that uses longer sleeves to offset the chill. A round neck, sheer three-quarter sleeve, dress with a sparkly bodice will still look every inch the flower girl but be a touch warmer. Having an outdoor wedding and need something even cozier? Look for a dress made from velvet, which offers incredible texture and feels but is still cozy and snug.