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How should the flower girl dress?

As a wedding planner, one of the most fun aspects of the big day is helping choose the perfect dress for the flower girl. The flower girl has an important role in the wedding, so her outfit should be carefully selected to complement the bridal party while allowing her personality to shine.

Consider the Wedding Style and Colors

The flower girl’s dress should fit in with the overall style and color scheme of the wedding. Here are some tips:

  • For a formal wedding, choose an elegant dress in satin or taffeta.
  • For a casual wedding, a sundress or simple cotton dress can work well.
  • Stick to the wedding color palette – blush pink or navy for a blue and white nautical wedding, for example.
  • Add accents like sashes, flowers, or jewelry in the wedding colors.

Knowing the wedding theme will help narrow down dress options for the flower girl.

Consider Her Age and Comfort

You want the flower girl to look adorable but also feel comfortable during the wedding. Here are some age-appropriate style tips:

Age Dress Style
Under 2 Simple dress or romper with easy on/off access for diaper changes
2-4 years Sweet sundress or short puffed sleeve dress
5-8 years Flower girl dress with more detail, but still simple enough to move around in
9-12 years More mature dress styling appropriate for her age
Teenager Age-appropriate dress similar to bridesmaid styles

Prioritize her comfort – soft fabrics, simple shoes, and no itchy petticoats. Let her have input on the dress style.

Shop at Specialty Stores

For the widest selection of flower girl dresses, check stores focused on special occasion kids clothing such as:

  • Janie and Jack
  • Lolly Wolly Doodle
  • Sweet Baby Girl
  • H&M Kids
  • Nordstrom
  • David’s Bridal
  • Azazie

These retailers offer tons of stylish options that are well-made and available in a range of sizes. You’ll be able to find a dress that matches your wedding in no time!

Consider Dress Styles

From traditional gowns to trendy mini designs, here are popular flower girl dress styles:

Style Description
Classic satin gown Timeless style with satin fabric, often in white or ivory
Lace overlay Romantic layered lace over a satin dress
Flower accents Dress accented with floral embellishments
Tulle skirt Full, billowy tulle skirt adds movement
Sundress Casual cotton sundress style
Puffed sleeves Sweet short puff sleeves
Off the shoulder Trendy off the shoulder neckline
Tea length Graceful below the knee length
High-low Shorter in the front and long in the back
Pantsuit Pants and coordinating top
Jumpsuit Trendy floral jumpsuit style

Consider the wedding formality, season, and flower girl’s age when deciding on a dress style.

Choose the Right Colors

White or ivory are traditional but don’t be afraid to pick a color that flatters the flower girl. Here are suggested colors for different seasons:

Season Color Suggestions
Spring Pastels like blush pink, mint, sky blue
Summer Bright floral colors like yellow, coral, light green
Fall Jewel tones like ruby red, emerald green, rich purple
Winter Wintery tones like ice blue, berry, maroon

Avoid pure white or very pale dresses at winter weddings which can look stark. Have the flower girl try on dresses in a few colors to see which is most flattering.

Pick Fun Accessories

Complete the flower girl look with coordinating accessories:

  • Shoes: Mary janes, ballet flats, metallic sandals, sparkly sneakers
  • Headband: Floral headband, sequin headband, lace hair comb
  • Basket: Flower basket for petals, white birch basket, basket with bows
  • Flower crown: Matching flower crown for an enchanting look
  • Jewelry: Simple pearl necklace, flower girl bracelet
  • Sash: Satin or lace sash to match the bridal party dresses

Keep accessories minimal and comfortable so they don’t distract from the dress or overwhelm her.

Plan for Growth Spurts

If shopping far in advance, keep in mind that kids grow fast! Here are some tips:

  • Shop as close to the wedding date as possible
  • Size up at least one size, especially for younger flower girls
  • Choose a style with some room to let out – sash waist, fuller skirt
  • Get professional alternations as needed closer to the wedding

Schedule any final alterations or accessory additions a month before the wedding. And bring the shoes she’ll wear to her fitting!

Keep Her Involved

The flower girl will feel most special if she gets to participate in choosing her dress. Here are some tips:

  • Show her flower girl dress options and let her point out favorites
  • Narrow it down to 2-3 dresses and let her choose the final dress
  • Take her along to try on dresses so she can model options
  • Let her accessorize with a sash, shoes or jewelry she picks

While the dress needs to fit your wedding vision, also ensure the flower girl loves her outfit. Offering her some choices makes her feel proudly involved!

Set a Budget

Flower girl dresses range widely in price. Set a comfortable budget before you start shopping:

Price Range What to Expect
$50 – $150 Department store dresses, simple styles
$150 – $300 Boutique styles with more detail
$300 – $500 Designer name brand dresses
$500+ Couture flower girl gowns

For a high-end dress, also budget for accessories, undergarments, alterations, etc. Kids consignment stores are great for discounted dresses.

Take Time for Alterations

Plan for alteration time so the dress fits perfectly:

  • Hemming to the right length based on her shoes
  • Taking in or letting out the sides as needed
  • Adjusting straps, waist or other closure
  • Seam smoothing and finishing touches

For ideal timing, have alterations done 4-6 weeks before the wedding. Build in at least two fitting appointments to get the adjustments right.

Have a Backup Outfit

Kids can have accidents! Have a backup outfit ready for the flower girl:

  • Extra dress in a larger size
  • Second dress option in a different style
  • Matching hair bows, shoes, basket, etc.
  • Stain remover, fabric tape, safety pins

Give the extra outfit, accessories and emergency kit to her parents or a bridesmaid. One backup outfit gives peace of mind if a spill or tear happens before walking down the aisle.


Choosing the perfect flower girl dress is a fun part of wedding planning! Keep the wedding style and flower girl’s age and comfort in mind. Allow her to help select from quality dress options in your colors. Schedule fittings and alterations in advance so the dress is flawless. Add complementary accessories for a complete look. With the right dress and some flexibility, your flower girl will confidently charm guests as she floats down the aisle.