By Nicole Cornella
When that processional music starts, let’s face it, all heads turn and all eyes are immediately searching for the bride in her picturesque white gown. But before the crowd is fixated on the main event, the flower girls and ring bearers steal the show for a brief moment. Finding ensembles for the little tikes can be a challenge and is not as simple as just walking into a bridal shop. There are many online shops and boutiques that offer a wide variety of dresses, with various color options and sizes to help your flower girl fit perfectly with bridal party.
Nana’s Boutique was created out of the frustration of searching for fine children’s clothing. Noreen Koehler, president of Nana’s Boutique, founded the site with her husband after dealing with years of shopping for her children and her grandchildren. Nana’s Boutique offers fashions from many fine manufacturers ranging in a variety of styles and special occasion attire. Prices are extremely affordable at Nana’s Boutique, the most expensive flower girl dress being about $150, and sizes range from newborn to fourteen. Check out some of their newer dresses that will have any little girl looking like a princess; the Flower Girl Dress and the Pearls on Bodice Gown by Fanci Fanci or the Floral Sleeveless Dress by Lito that’s available in sizes 2T to fourteen. http://www.nanasboutique.com.
A more extensive Web retailer that had me admiring the adorable decked out little girls is Storybook Heirlooms. Storybook Heirlooms has an excellent selection of colors and styles that range from simple solid satin dresses to more elaborate embroidered off-the-shoulder gowns and a lace tiered dress. As with Nana’s Boutique, the cost of having your flower girl gracing the isle in luxurious style will not put a huge dent in your wallet; prices range from about $80-$150 depending on size. If you’re willing to splurge, more elaborate gowns will set you back as much as $270, but the price is well worth the dress. Take a peak at some of Storybook Heirloom’s more unique styles: Beaded Meringue Bunch Dress ($249-$259), Gold Beaded Dress ($159-$179), or a more traditional Floral Dress with Tulle Skirt ($64.99-79.99). What’s also great about Storybook Heirlooms is that they also offer shoes, head pieces and jewels for the little gals. To browse the entire selection of wedding attire, go to www.storybook.com
If you’re searching for a custom look to match your bridal party Puchibi is the place. Puchibi’s collection, or as they refer to them, “lovelies for little girls” includes an array of customizable dresses in many colors, so it would be nearly impossible for the your little flower girl to not look her best. The Vancouver-based company makes handmade flower girl dresses for weddings and formal events available in sizes 3 to 12. Your little flower girl will be dazzled with a custom-made dress in the exact size and color you choose.
You can read some testimonials on the Website to ensure the quality and value of each dress is top notch. The Jackie ($245) and Cinderella ($180) collection is a perfect fit for any bridal party: simple, elegant, sophisticated and charming. When ordering a dress you get to choose the length and color, whether you’d like sleeves, and if you want a sash. So, visit the site and mix and match to your liking. According to the site, popular choices for weddings are the red flower girl dress and the ivory flower girl dress fabrics with complimenting sash. Check out www.puchibi.com to start customizing your flower girl dress. No matter where you live, this is an easy option, especially since Puchibi ships worldwide.
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Want even more of a custom selection? Visit Pegeen.com for the ultimate in mixing, matching and choosing your style of formal attire for both girls and boys. The great thing about Pegeen is the extensive size chart: infant, girls to 16, boys to 14, plus sizes and junior bridesmaids. Pegeen has over 70 styles of dresses to choose from, most offered either with or without sleeves for the same price in over 66 colors. Prices are extremely reasonable, about $129-$149, and Pegeen also has a sale section. Also available at pegeen.com is classic ring bearer attire. Visit www.pegeen.com for more information.
Another creative kids clothing designer is Katina Katoo. She makes gorgeous satin and silk dresses, some pleated, some simple, in a variety of colors from cream to fuchsia. The Elisabeth dress comes in two colors, each with an attached belt in a complementary color. The Ashleigh is a darling silk dress with a full skirt bottom and a large flower pin to accent. Log on to her site to order direct, http://www.katinakatoo.com
Whether you are looking for a simple style or more elaborate, elegant fashions, these online retailers offer it all. If you’re looking for a local store, check out Leeper Kids in the Lexington Passage at Grand Central. This tiny store stocks a huge collection of European and Canadian labels, and they can special order flower girl and communion dresses. They stock adorable frocks like a white silk and tulle number with hot pink ribbon from Us Angels. They special order dresses from Us Angels, Sarah Louise and Casey’s Creations, to name a few. 212.499.9111
All you need is a dainty dress to ensure your little flower girl will fit right into the bridal party with style and glamour. Once dolled-up she may steal the show for a brief moment in the beginning, but once the rose petals are strewn it’ll be all eyes on you.