With a third of all marriage proposals taking place during the holiday season, a flurry of activity is taking place this month among brides who have started planning their big day, from choosing the dress of their dreams to deciding what their bridesmaids will wear. Flower girls have become an equally important part of the wedding pageantry. At Isabel Garretón, we have the ability to tweak any one of our exclusive flower girl designs to suit a bride’s fancy. Our 2015 Flower Girl Collection includes 45 precious styles that can be customized into one-of-a-kind dresses to ensure that the littlest members of the bride’s wedding party delight guests every step of the way.
There is something so breathtaking and magical about extending the bride’s chosen color palette to the flower girl’s dress. These creative twists and turns surprise me in different ways each time. I remember a bride who customized the Ribbons dress for a beach wedding in Hawaii. Instead of the seven color ribbons we offer, she chose a beautiful orange. The result was unexpectedly stunning.
With slight changes such as a dash of color here, a monogram there or a completely different fabric, we put our design expertise and creative energy to work fulfilling the bride’s desire for uniqueness down to the very last detail. Each and every time, we can’t wait to see the outcome!
Here we show how our flower girl dresses can be customized to create surprisingly different looks.
A Hint of Color – A custom-colored lining coming through a light chiffon or lace to match the bride’s chosen accent color is a clever way of making the flower girl a true part of the wedding party without looking too grown up. This dress is floaty, fairylike and distinctly hers. If a bride has more than one flower girl, this custom-lining trick done in a rainbow of coordinating colors makes an individually beautiful, yet cohesive statement.
photo credit: Courtney Davidson
Stylish Sleeves – Sleeve styles instantly change a dress silhouette. Short sleeves usually work best for little flower girls, no sleeves for the older flower girls and ¾ sleeves for winter weddings are ideal. With so many brides foregoing the church wedding for an outdoor venue and the growing popularity of destination weddings, almost anything goes. With a number of sleeve options, from cap sleeves, half sleeves and short sleeves to flair sleeves, transparent sleeves and sleeveless, pairing a sleeve style with a flower girl dress the bride loves is a simple change that makes the dress work anywhere.
Make a Splash with a Sash – Incorporating the bride’s color palette in the flower girl’s dress can be as simple as adding a custom-colored sash or romantic ribbon treatment. Sashes with beautifully tied bows and streams of cascading ribbons are romantic details that have a uniquely childlike and endearing quality. A sash can also be personalized on one side with the bride and groom’s initials. This will become a gift carrying the memory of the day once it is over. And, by turning the monogram to the inside, the sash can be used later with other dresses.
Fanciful Fabrics – A flower girl dress made of feminine silk chiffon with a touch of lace at the collar has a vintage quality, while the same dress made of cotton batiste with the same lace trim has a simple, yet elegant appeal. Fabrics evoke style and mood in their hand, the way they fall and how they move. A beach wedding may call for something light and breezy, while a winter wedding calls for something cozy and warm.
Fit to Wear – Often, the bride will have several flower girls ranging in age, from toddlers to tweens. This may require a special amount of customization in order to attain the desired fit for each girl. You have the girl with a little tummy, the very tall, ultra thin girl, as well as the shy girl, etc…all wanting to feel beautiful. Our artisans work their magic and the results are always outstanding.
Brides often ask me which flower girl dress is my favorite. I love every design in our collection for different reasons, but our Fantasy dress is a style that forever amazes me. The subtleness of the hand embroidered neckline with pearl inserts all the way to a slightly open back is always striking. Whether the bride chooses the ivory dress lined in pink with a pink sash or white with a navy silk sash or in all white or candlelight ivory, I love to imagine the little girl walking down the aisle announcing the bride with the gentle drop of petals.