Your flower girl is naturally the cutest little thing in your entourage (aside from the ring bearer), and no doubt she’ll even be more adorable if she isn’t fidgeting or pulling on her dress before the walk; while this is a cute sight, it can easily affect a young child’s finicky mood, causing her to throw tantrums at the least desirable moment.
A flower girl’s dress should be built for comfort and style, especially if you’re pairing it with a theme or a season. Make sure that your flower girl gets the most out of the experience by choosing a dress which considers her comfort and personality as a first priority.
Little girls love dressing up – so maintain a childlike attitude when shopping for a dress. Try to enhance her girlish charms, and veer away from styles which look too ‘sophisticated’ for her age. Basically, the dress is a mirror of the bridal gown, but should also complement well with the bridesmaids’ dresses; the white wedding gown may be preceded by a predominantly white dress, accented with the same colors and details as the bridesmaid dresses.
The dress may be long, short, or in tea-length style, but consider the age of the flower girl first; princess-style dresses which extend to the knees are great for little girls since they won’t have to worry about tripping over the dress on the steps or the aisle, and especially because their hands are too occupied with the flower basket to raise the hems.
For older girls, a floor-length gown is recommended, as long as they maintain a straight posture so that their tummies wouldn’t buckle out of the silhouette.
Comfort is also an important factor to consider. Avoid fabrics which tend to irritate the skin, particularly the cheaper versions of lace or satin. And make sure that the shoes fit comfortably! She’ll be standing in them throughout the ceremony and even the reception, and the slightest bit of discomfort shows in her face.
Flat-soled ballet slippers are advisable; avoid heeled shoes which can cause her to trip on the carpeted aisle. If you are having a fall wedding, thicker fabrics such as velour would serve for both comfort and elegance. Go for lighter fabrics in the spring or summer seasons, and even if tights look adorable on the child, use it only with the colder seasons.
If you’re worried that you’re spending too much on a dress that can be worn only once, a flower girl’s dress is actually more versatile than the bridal gown, and you can reuse it for other occasions, such as for the child’s next birthday, or for her christening rites. For this reason, try not to compromise much on quality; go with itch-free and wrinkle-free fabrics such as silk and velvet.
These would make your girl more prominent on the aisle, and it will also last through the years, a family heirloom which can be handed down to the next generations. Oh, and one last thing, don’t dress up your girl until the last minute; the dress should be easy to put on anyway, and you won’t have to worry about spilled beverage at the holding room.