We were so pleased to read that the Wedding Trends Report from The Knot forecasts a return to tradition and opulence fit for Royalty. The fancier, the better, according to the report. That means large wedding parties, cathedral ceremonies, formal, well-heeled, old-world style. Think Downton Abbey.
Flower Girls will multiply in number and they’ll be dressed to fairytale proportions in layers of fine fabrics with hand embroidered details, perfectly tied bows, monogrammed sashes, and more.
Statement Flower Girl Accessories
Flower Girl accessories, from white patent leather shoes and silk Cinderella slippers to gloves trimmed in pearls and matching handbags to delicate floral crowns and pearl-adorned boleros, capture a bygone era when children didn’t need a wedding to dress their best!
Whether your dream wedding takes a more formal path or not, adding a beautifully dressed flower girl to your wedding party is a delightful way to announce the bride’s arrival. At Isabel Garretón, every detail of each and every flower girl dress is an unforgettable labor of love for our artisans. Like your guests, we can’t wait to see the pictures and are always amazed by how breathtaking each little girl looks in her special dress.
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Q&A with Rosa, a newlywed
Q. Looking back on your May 2014 wedding, what was your biggest challenge, Rosa?
A. I come from a close family and wanted to include all four of my nieces and my nephew in my wedding. Because it was such a big group of flower girls, I got very involved in the dress selection process. I wanted to make each girl feel really special, so I made the oldest my Maid of Honor, the youngest my Flower Girl and the two middle girls Junior Bridesmaids. Because my wedding dress was lace, I wanted four lace flower girl dresses that were similar in style yet celebrated the uniqueness of each girl. Finding dresses made of the same fabric in different styles to accommodate a wide range of ages turned out to be a challenge.
What made you decide to customize your flower girl dress with Isabel Garretón?
I work in Manhattan where I’m surrounded by the best shopping in the world, so I thought finding flower girl dresses would be easy. Instead, I searched for weeks and months, until finally, I walked into Saks Fifth Avenue and discovered Isabel Garretón’s elegant flower girl dresses. I work in the garment industry so I could immediately tell how amazing her quality is. I went online to see her entire collection and saw a note on the website that she could customize her dresses to do exactly what I wanted. I couldn’t believe it!
What was the process of customizing your flower girl dresses like?
Surprisingly simple. First, Isabel Garretón sent me custom fabric swatches in my Pantone colors. I thought the first batch of colors looked a bit dark, so they gladly sent me more. I still thought they looked dark and then I held them in the air as if they were cascading down the aisle in my wedding and saw how beautiful the colors looked in the natural light. They were perfect. The experience was like going into a fancy wedding dress salon. They treated my wedding like it was the most important thing in the world to them. I provided the girls’ basic measurements, chest, waist, and shoulder to hem length. The dresses arrived in four weeks. That’s pretty fast considering they were handmade for me with custom linings in Chile!
Tell me about your four flower girl dresses?
I chose the Gala and Blossom styles which use the same Floral Cotton Lace and Organdy with a big bow in the back. One was a tiny bit more expensive because it had a skirt that included a petticoat and was longer. The smallest flower girl wore that dress. The other three dresses were worn by three cousins and featured the same waisted cut and flair skirt to the knee, a different sleeve - cap or short – and each dress had a different colored lining that peeked through the lace in tangerine, pink, light blue, and lavender. They were exactly what I was looking for.
Were there any surprises?
I had no idea Isabel Garretón is a social enterprise brand. The dresses were such a good price ($180 each, which included the custom cut and lining) and I felt good that my flower girls were helping women in another country support their families. Isabel Garretón was so flexible every step of the way. I work for an apparel company, so I know how much work and trouble it is to make a beautiful dress like this by hand. These Chilean women truly are artisans.
Did you learn any important lessons you’d like to share with other brides?
I couldn’t believe a luxury brand like this offered customization with so much personal attention. I encourage every bride-to-be to try it! You’ll be so happy with the results.
Having been in business for 20+ years, we have talked to a lot of Moms, Brides, Mother of the Bride, and Dads. We are proud to have been a part of many special family moments and are committed to work with each customer to make sure our service meets the exceptional standards we hold in every aspect of what Isabel Garreton is as a company and the products we bring to market. We thought it could be useful if we compiled and shared a list with answers to the most common questions we receive.
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1Q: What size is my child in Isabel Garreton dresses?
1A: Our sizing is European and the cuts are generous. We provide the garment measurements in our size chart for dresses, bubbles, christening gowns. Remember these are the garment measurements, so they should be 2-3" wider than the child's measurements.
Still not sure? If you email us the measurements below at email@example.com, we can assist you in selecting the correct size.
Chest (measured 1 inch below at the arm hole):
Waist (measured at the belly button):
Shoulder to Hem (length you want the dress to be):
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Q2: This question has a lot of variations:
My child is petite, tall, thin, stocky; Can you make this IG style for her?
I have religious requirements to add sleeves or additional length; Can you make these IG dress styles for me?
A2: YES! We own our manufacturing and are able to do custom cuts, different fabrics, color matching, etc. Depending on the style and fabric there is a small charge for custom pieces, and there are no refunds as we are making this just for you.
Let us know what style you are interested in and our design team will review to see what is possible.
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Q3: How long will it take to get my order?
A3: If we have your pieces in stock, they will ship in 2 days, and if they are out of stock, we have to order it from our manufacturer and will ship to you in approximately 2-3 weeks. Let us know your event date in your order comments and we will follow up within 24 hours.
In a rush? We are often able to rush items, so give us a ring or shoot over an email and we can tell you what is in stock and what rush options are available!
Q4: I want a different fabric or a different color to match my event, can IG do it?
A4: Yes! Many of our styles have different fabric and color options. Looking for a perfect match? Send us a swatch and we will color match it. This will require additional coordination with you, so the more time we have before your event, the better!
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Q5: What is your return policy?
A5: If for any reason you are not pleased with what you receive, you may return any unworn item with tags within 10 days of receiving it and we will gladly exchange or refund you for the full cost of the item. Please note that, unless we have made a mistake, shipping charges cannot be refunded and there is a no return policy on custom made or personalized items. The exact steps for a return are here.
An exchange should be immediate if the item is available, otherwise we will order the item from our manufacturer and ship to you in 2-3 weeks. Credit card refunds should appear in your next billing cycle.
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Q6: Do you ship Internationally?
A6: We can ship to any country in the world. We ship Internationally standard using USPS and recommend Express or Priority shipping as it provides additional tracking capability.
If you email us, we can also ship to your country via UPS, FedEx, DHL, or other couriers, if you have a broker in the US, we can work with them if preferred.
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Q7: Does Isabel Garreton Inc really help women?
A7: YES! The company exists to provide a dignified work opportunity for underprivileged women artisans. Isabel Garretón began the company as a social enterprise over 20 years ago with women in her native Chile. She began with 21 women and has grown to support over 100 families. Every design is created to showcase the skills and craftsmanship of the artisans we work with, and are carried in the finest stores in the United States and worldwide. You can see a short video here.
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Have you felt the frustration of doing or seeing a sloppy bow on a gorgeous girl’s dress?
There is no doubt we are all dressing more casually and the opportunities to learn how to tie a bow are fewer and fewer, elegance is often a Special Occasion subject.
This fact became apparent recently when I attended a wedding. Four adorable flower girls were coming down the aisle. The bride selected the dress 'Surprise' from our Special Occasion Collection. This dress combines an embroidered organza overlay and silk dress, the girls looked beautiful. I was feeling pretty good until the girls passed me. Looking at them from the back, it was obvious no one getting them ready was comfortable tying bows; some bows were loose, uneven or going in the wrong direction.
After a lifetime designing special girl’s dresses, tying bows for hundreds of photo shoots on girls of all sizes and ages means tying bows is something I really know about!
We decided to create a graphic with simple steps that, with a little practice, will deliver a perfect bow. With one ribbon in blue and one in pink, it is easy to follow.
We printed it to include it in all the Special Occasion girl dresses we ship at this time of the year for First Communion, Flower Girls, and Graduations.
It is useful to know how to tie a pretty bow, a simple and handy skill to have when you need it. It takes just a few steps and a little practice… Ready?...Try it.
- Center your ribbons to have equal lengths
- Left over Right (blue over pink)
- Left under Right (blue under pink)
- Fold a loop with the pink ribbon towards the right
- Bring the blue ribbon down and tuck it under the pink bow
- Pull blue ribbon through towards the left making a loop
- Pull both sides of the bow, pink and blue to secure the shape
- Adjust the size of the bow you want, then tighten it by pulling strongly on both sides
- The length of the remaining ribbon should be at least twice the width of the complete bow. I have seen them longer and sometimes in organza shorter. They all looked beautiful.
If you have a different way of doing bows that works please share it, we’d love to try it.
Getting ready for a memorable event? Take a peek at our Special Occasion Designs.
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For many women, having been a flower girl is one of their early special memories! Here are a few tips to make it a great memory for the special little girl in your wedding ceremony:
1) Take a few minutes to be with the flower girl while you’re dressed as the Bride in your full gown and makeup. Ask if you can help her prepare the petal basket. Brides look like a beautiful princess to a little girl and it's a magical moment for them and you. It will make her feel like she is a part of something important and you'll get great pictures for your photo album.
2) Have a Plan. Ask your flower girl's mommy to please come early before people arrive. The flower girl should practice walking down the aisle and be given very clear simple instructions like, “walk right along this crack”. Give her a lot of positive reinforcement. If you give her a destination, she'll have something to focus on, especially if the eyes of all your wedding guests make her nervous. Some brides have the flower girl put her basket on a pedestal just to the side of the ceremony or seat her parents in the front row just to the side of the family and seat them there for the rehearsal too. If you are going to have music as she walk down the isle, try to have it play at least once in the practice so as much of the experience can feel familiar when the wedding begins.
3) Be Flexible. While many people will say to you "It's your Day," in a child's mind every day is their day! If they don't want to wear their hair the way you dreamed, or keep taking off the perfect shoes you picked, try to let it go. In the end, she'll be beautiful no matter what and you can crop bare feet out of pictures, but you can't take a scowl off her face.
4) Two by Two. If you have multiple flower girls, pair them with a girl a few years older to walk together. The older girls can help guide younger girls. Have them hold hands at the beginning in case they get jitters and have them play games or share toys ahead of time so they feel comfortable together.
5) Reward Her. If you provide something fun to distract her, like coloring books and crayons wrapped up like a gift, it'll help keep her amused throughout the reception and give her parents a chance to eat dinner. For this wedding it was a yoyo and some fun plastic hair clips.
6) Let kids be kids. Once her official duties are over, dance with her, let her run around, give her a piece of cake if she is still awake! If it's all too much, the bridal suite is usually empty during the ceremony and reception, so it works great as backup plan with PJs and a blanket for a sleepy little girl.
Your wedding will be filled with wonderful memories with friends and family. With a little planning, your flower girl will also have wonderful memories as she imagines becoming a Bride someday!
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A delicious princess wearing Windy from our Special Occasion CollectionSpecial Occasion!
This is Lulu. She is one. Getting ready for the party.
With her beatiful Mom.....
.....and her handsome Dad
And here is LULU in all her glory at the wedding!
Are you looking for your own special Flower Girl Dress?
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It is not possible to remember the many times we have provided customized flower girl dresses to weddings: red for Holiday weddings, black ones, navy ones, open backs, shorter, longer, with and without monograms, orange sashes for the Hawaiian wedding...Send it fast to Norway...to France ...to the UK...to someone very famous in Santa Barbara or Washington DC....Contact relaxed brides, nervous ones, some in disagreement with the mother or mother in law on the shade of the sash......life taking place.
In the end it is all there for that moment that will remain in the memory of all involved. That little girl or little girls will paraded down the aisle feeling they are special and part of something important. These girls will take away memories that involve decorum and elegance, the notion that a wedding is a ceremony marking an important moment in life, that one prepares thoughtfully for it, with care and attention to detail. A ceremony that is bringing to families together and the promise of a new family beginning.
For Valentine’s Day we received a present from Carol Goodfellow, pictures of her special day! In our hearts all of us at IG were there with her, in every flower girl dress with the custom green sash Carol had carefully chosen. The perfect picture of a new beginning.
Thank you, Carol!
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