Just before the music swells and the breathtaking bride makes her grand entrance, the two cutest members of the wedding part make theirs. For couples that choose to have a ring bearer and flower girl, this can be one of the most fun parts of the ceremony, as the children inspire “awws” and laughter amongst the guests. The tradition of the flower girl leading the bride into her wedding ceremony, dating back to the height of the Roman Empire, represented the bride’s passage from childhood innocence to adulthood. Today, it has become a way to honor even more friends and family on your special day by asking a niece or best friend’s child to throw the flower petals.
However, choosing to include a flower girl undoubtedly adds more items to an already overwhelming wedding checklist, inspiring some brides to simplify and go without. If you want a to have a flower girl, but don’t know where to begin, let us help to take some of the stress out of where to find flower girl dresses with these frequently asked questions.
Where do you find flower girl dresses?
There are nearly as many options for flower girl dresses as there are for your wedding gown! Department stores, such as Dillard’s, Kohl’s Macy’s and Nordstrom, carry a variety of children’s special event clothing, so they are great place to do a little browsing. Many bridal shops, such as David’s Bridal and BHLDN, also carry dresses for the smallest member of your wedding party. If you’d like to look off the beaten path (or refer the parents of your flower girl), Etsy is always a great place to look, and asking a dress specialist in the shop where you bought your gown can also drum up some great, lesser-known leads.
How much should a flower girl dress cost?
Flower girl dresses range anywhere from $25 to $250+, with the average hovering somewhere around $60. Generally, the older the flower girl, the more expensive the average dress is going to run, but finding a dress on a budget for any age is possible. While the more expensive dresses are stunning, it is important to remember what it’s like to be a child in a fancy dress. You probably don’t want to break the bank on a dress that may end up grass-stained before the night is over.
Who buys the flower girl dress?
An invitation for a flower girl to join the wedding party is just as much an invitation to her parents, meaning that, just like any other member of the wedding party, they are responsible for purchasing the dress and accessories necessary. However, you can choose to give the flower girl her dress as a gift if you would like to, leaving only the accessories to the parents.
When should I buy the dress?
Save yourself the last minute stress, and begin the hunt no less than six months before the wedding. Four months before the wedding is generally the perfect time to order a flower girl dress, but defer to the dress shop you choose for a more store-specific timeline. And don’t forget the accessories! Shoes, tights, necklaces and hair bows should all be purchased a month or more before the big day.
Do I need to account for growth?
Yes! Ask the mother of the flower girl to estimate what size she thinks her daughter will be at the time of the wedding, and then order one size up. It is infinitely easier to bring a dress down a size than it is to take it up.
What color should the dress be?
Traditionally, flower girl dresses are white to match the bride, but yours doesn’t have to be! For a subtle pop of color, you can choose a blush, light gold or silver dress, or you can select a dress to match your bridesmaids’ dresses. You can also consider choosing a white dress with a colored accent in one of your wedding shades. This is also a chance to play around with the fun accents you love but couldn’t include in your own gown. Do you love glitter, velvet or floral appliques? There are plenty of flower girl dresses with those features out there to choose from!
Should I select multiple styles and let the flower girl choose or just pick one?
This is entirely up to you, but it generally goes over better with both the flower girl and her mother if you offer a few different dress options in different styles and fabrics. It can also be a good idea to offer a budget-friendly option. Additionally, it is recommended that you go ahead and buy a backup dress just in case the lid of the flower girl’s sippy cup pops off, spilling orange juice on her white dress 20 minutes before the wedding.
Remember, choosing a flower girl dress should be a treat for both the bride and her littlest attendant. Don’t forget to have a little fun choosing the gown that will send your flower girl spinning across the dance floor on your wedding day!