We loved Kate and Wills’ royal wedding. We loved the lead-up, we loved the event and we’ve loved looking through the dozens of pictures in the commemorative magazines. There is one particular detail that my four-year-old daughter has lingered over – the flower girls. Why wouldn’t the role of flower girl seem attractive to a four-year-old? As my daughter said “…you get a beautiful dress, fancy stuff in your hair and there’s princesses”. So parents of prospective flower girls, we’ve searched out the most gorgeous dresses and accessories so that you can leave the list in a strategic place for the bride-to-be.
Given that the royal wedding was my starting point for this post, let’s go straight to Nicki Macfarlane, the designer of Kate Middleton’s flower girls’ dresses. The sumptuous ballerina length, box pleated dresses were made from ivory silk satin layered over organza with the edges hand finished in English lace. A wild silk (doesn’t that sound divine?!) gold sash completed the look.
They were picture perfect and I’m sure many brides will be requesting the very same for their flower girls, though there is more to Macfarlane’s collection. In fact, the range is breathtaking – silks, organzas, taffetas and organdies dominate, as well as exquisite hand embroidery, layered petticoats and classic details such as puff sleeves and sashes tied in enormous bows.
Flower girls traditionally wear white or ivory to match the bride although increasingly other colours are chosen to match the bridesmaids or colour theme of the wedding. Black might seem an unusual choice for flower girls but as the dresses from Bella Bean Couture show, it can be stunning, as is black teamed with ivory and shades of pearly pale grey (below).
Brides who are going for an edgier or more modern look will find flower girl dresses with a difference at Petal Petal. Splashes of colour – yellow, lime and purple and interesting ruffles are far from traditional bridal wear.
Sift through the virtual racks of white and ivory tulle designs and a few very different dresses pop out. The rich chocolate brocade frock from US Angels (above) is stunning as are the beautiful raw silk creations by Little Flowers (shown below).
For the last word on luxe, Smitherman & Barnwell have an extraordinary range of dresses. I particularly like the fact that many are suitable for a winter wedding – long sleeves, quilted jackets and rich reds, inky navy, grey and gold dominate.
Most dress designers will have a range of accessories on offer – sashes, silk flowers, head bands, capes and bolero jackets. We’ve found a few pieces that are a bit different. The first are daisy chain garlands from Spotted Cow Creations. Simple and truly lovely, the silk daisy chains can be made into garlands to be worn in the hair, as necklaces or bracelets.
Head to Etsy’s Vintage Diana for exquisite paper crowns. Ribbon, crystals, glitter, buttons and pearls are used to embellish these amazing paper crowns and the results are stunning.
It wouldn’t be a proper flower girl post without mention of Grace van Cutsem, the adorable royal ‘frowning flower girl’ – she stole the show!