If you are starting to plan your upcoming wedding you have probably happily jumped right into the many catalogs, websites, and stores selling bridal clothes. After all, selecting the gowns for the day is usually one of the most enjoyable parts of the process. The gowns must usually include one for the flower girl, and if a bride is sticking to classic wedding guidelines she will usually select one of the many ivory flower girl dresses to coordinate with her own gown.
Why is it that there are so many ivory flower girl dresses? Though the evolution of the bridal party has always included the presence of flower girls, it is the Victorian era tradition that is most similar to today’s traditional wedding experience. It was at that time that a flower girl wore a shade of white. While white is sometimes a bit too glaring and bright for many wedding color themes, ivory is a softer shade of white and blends beautifully with many traditional bridal accent colors. Ivory is also a complimentary color to most skin tones.
Ivory is also a popular selection for a flower girl dress when the bride herself has selected a shade of ivory for the wedding gown. It is the common trend for the bride to match the flower girl dress to the shade of her own gown. However, it should be known that the flower girl can also wear shades of ivory lighter than the bride and still be within tradition. This effect is also lovely in photographs as the little girl is so sweet in a light tone compared to the grown-ups of the bridal party.
Fortunately, most ivory flower girl dresses will never be as “fussy” or detailed as the adult version. This means that dozens of buttons, tons of delicate lace trims, hours of embroidery or beading, and difficult to manage trains will usually be absent. Instead, the dresses are meant to be more of a reflection of the general tone of the entire bridal party.
For example, it is not unusual to find ivory flower girl dresses in “heirloom” designs and styles, but it is just as easy to find them in extremely basic styles with options for coordinating waist bands or sashes, embroidery, or even silk flowers and adornments that will “dress up” the gown without making it difficult for the child to wear.
Any of the available styles will usually be able to fit into an array of adult designs. For instance, an ivory dress might have a sheer embroidered overlay and silk sash that offer a bit of a reflection of some features of the wedding gown, but which also matches the dresses worn by the bridesmaids too.
Remember, the flower girl dress never needs to match the bridal gown exactly in color or decoration. The goal should be to have the flower girl dress coordinate with the bridal gown, so a color or one design element will relate the two dresses beautifully. If finding a cohesive style characteristic for both dresses is to daunting or expensive, then opt for a simple dress that cannot conflict, and only compliment the wedding gown.
One thing that should dictate the selection is the needs of the child who will actually wear the gown. For instance, it is a good idea to allow toddlers freedom of movement by selecting an ivory dress with a shorter hemline, while an older child will be able to wear a gown with more detail and adornments.