Post # 1
I really need some advice! Who would have thought finding the flower girl dress would be harder than finding my dress or the BM’s dresses! The flower girl dress I really want is this one, Fox ‘n Lily Natasha:
Its $190 from the designer’s website, which is just too much. There is a chinese replica company that sells the replica for $59, but they don’t respond to e-mails, and they don’t have a lot of information on the website about what color the dress will be (what color lace, what color underlay). Shipping to the US will be about $35, so the replica dress will actually cost about $100. If I order it and don’t like it, I’m sure shipping to send it back would be another $35, so I don’t know if its even worth it.
Second choice for a flower girl dress is the one that kind of matches my bridesmaids (same fabric and color), but I really didn’t want a traditional flower girl dress. And, even this dress is $150, which I still think is too expensive. Here it is, Dessy FL4025. It would be in pearl pink with a champagne sash, and I think I would hem it to be closer to knee length.
Here are my bridesmaids dresses:
Does anyone have any suggestions for cute, non-traditional flower girl dresses that don’t cost a fortune? Would you order the lace dress from the Chinese company if you were me? I’ve done a lot of research and checked out a lot of flower girl websites suggested on the weddingbee boards, but so many of the dresses are really traditional (poofy skirt), or way too expensive. Please help!
Post # 3
I wouldn’t buy from the replica site if they aren’t returning emails. I would contact Jasmine Bridals and light in the box and send them pics of the dress you want and see if they can make it for you at a reasonable price. The other thing you can do is contact a local dress maker and have them made. They look pretty simple.
Post # 4
I agree, even $150 is probably too much. Are you paying for the dress or are the flower girl’s parents? I was a flower girl and my dress cost $70, we went to Younkers. Maybe you could look around stores for young girls spring/summer dresses? There might be some on clearance now, even, and those would less traditional. The first dress is really cute but I agree with @secondchances:, I wouldn’t order from the replica site.
Post # 5
@secondchances:Thanks for the advice! I just contacted dressilyme, milly, jasmine, and coral’s bridal to ask for a quote. I tried lightinthebox, but they said they don’t make any custom dresses and they don’t dcustomize dresses listed on their website at all. Hopefully one of the four I contacted will work out!
Post # 6
Dresses like these are VERY simple to make and super CHEAP, which is my favorite part…a well trained monkey could make it…If you’re shy, Why not contact a fashion student, and have them make you something as similar as they can? The only thing I would caution you on is to make sure you wait until the wedding is “right around the corner,” Your flower girl could grow like crazy between now and your wedding…best of luck to ya!
Post # 7
Wow that first dress is adorable! However, I would be afraid to order from them also. I ordered from Prettyflowergirl website. They seem to have very resonable prices. Except they do charge 20% restocking fee for a return. Good luck hearing from those other websites!
Post # 8
Ditto with the recommendation to have it sewn. Any dressmaker or anyone who has a decent command of sewing could do that dress for you.
Post # 9
Have you checked here? I think they have some beautiful little girl’s dresses.
Post # 10
@BlushingMonk: Have you looked around at department stores? They may have some really cute dresses without the price.
Post # 11
@ItWasntMe:I actually did check there – lots of cute dresses, but none that are what I’m looking for. 🙁
@Anniebo: I have checked every department store I can think of… JCP, Nordstrom, Macys, Younkers, Dillards, Lord & Taylor… no luck yet.
@julies1949: and @ForeverAndEverAfter: How would I go about finding someone local who can make the dress? There are lots of tailors in the area (I take my work pants in to get them hemmed) – start at these places?
Post # 12
Start with the tailor you know.
Check the yellow page listings.
Ask the bridal salons if they know someone who likes to make flower girls’ dresses.
This is a simple sheath pattern, scoop neck, short sleeve, lace over silk- You can save some money by doing lace over polyester which would also make it easier to clean.
Post # 13
There is a web site called http://www.pinkprincess.com it has a lot of good Flower Girl dresses
Post # 14
I’m realy surprised about the responses I’m getting from the international companies I’ve contacted.
Dressilyme – Said they can’t make it, they don’t have the lace.
Jasmine – $150 per dress (I need 2), plus $30 shipping.
Lightinthebox – Does not make custom dresses.
Milly – $98 per dress, plus $50 in shipping.
I guess I just need to wait and see what pops up in department stores between now and early next year. I can’t believe how hard this is and how expensive flower girl dresses are!
@amberdawn1064: Thanks for the suggestion… I actually had checked that website. Lots of cute dresses, but none are really the style I’m going for, which is very non-traditional. But I have a few from that site bookmarked as options if I can’t find what I really want.
Post # 15
Ooh, I found a cute lace dress for $47 at http://www.pinkprincess.com. But, the sash is brown, and the dress description says the sash is “Ireemovable” – does not mean non removable? Do you think it could be removed anyway? I could probably take a layer of crinoline out to make it less poffy…
Post # 16
“Irremovable” means it is not a separate piece like most sashes.
You may or may not be able to remove the sash. The sash is obviously sewn in- it depends on how. If it is just sewn into the seam, over top of the boodice fabric, it can be opened up and the sash removed.
If it is inserted between the lace fabric of the bodice and the lace fabric of the skirt, and there is no lace fabric undermeath the sash, you won’t be able to remove the sash.
Can you email them and ask?