How does a bride select her flower girl dresses? There is no real set of rules; it’s really a matter of personal preference. Here are some guidelines and suggestions.
Flower girls are always sweet and adorable with a classic ball gown style dress (frothy full skirt gathered to waistline). No matter what look you select for your adult attendants, flower girls will always look darling in this type of dress. They can be filled with flower petals, if you like. But this isn’t your only choice, of course.
Junior bridesmaids will want to look older. Care has to be taken to still keep her looking age appropriate; after all, she is still a child attendant. While some ball gowns may appeal to some older girls, many will prefer the sleeker lines of an A-line instead of the full gathered skirt.
Flower girl dresses and Jr. pretty bridesmaid dresses can be coordinated to reflect the look of the bride or bridesmaids in many ways without having to struggle to exactly match (which is rarely possible). What do we mean?
• Match the silhouette. For instance, if you have A-line dresses for the adults, you can select an A-line style for your flower girls.
• Coordinate colors between your flower girl dresses and your bridesmaid dresses, but select different silhouettes (such as ball gowns for the flower girls and A-lines for the bridesmaids)
• Coordinate features of the adult dresses such as selecting a similar neckline. If you and/or your adult attendants are wearing a V neckline, for instance, select a dress with a V neckline for your flower girls and bridesmaids.
• Other features can be reflected in your flower girl dresses. For instance, the pick-up style skirts are VERY popular with brides; you can select flower girl dresses with pick up skirts too. Your bridesmaids will probably not go for this, though.
• Coordinate the colors with the rest of the wedding party. It’s impossible to match colors if you are ordering dresses from different companies – or even from the same company if at different times – because every dye lot is different. Instead, focus on coordinating colors by selecting different shades of the same color (lettuce green with dark green or pink with burgundy) or contrasting colors (put children in the colors of your bouquets instead of colors of your dresses), or add a splash of color with a sash, with flower petals or embroidery on a white or ivory flower girl dress.
• Length can be either tea or formal length – entirely your choice!
Don’t wait until the last minute to select and order your flower girl dresses. This causes tremendous stress and strain and frequently disappointment. So, do these things in advance! That will help you do everything in order.