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Welcome to Marie-Chantal's stories. Designed for a light and easy read over a cup of hot-chocolate and snuggles with your little ones, this month's issue delivers wedding inspiration and etiquette tips inspired by Marie-Chantal of Greece! From DIY crafts, baking recipes and stories behind our exclusive designs, Marie-Chantal Stories has a range of topics to suit everyone this month.

How to dress children for a wedding: Flower Girl Dresses

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He knew this moment would fill his heart whole from your very first hello so eighteen months ago today, he got down on one knee in front of your closest friends and family with only one focus in mind, hearing YES! to the biggest question ever asked. You gave him just that and now, there is only four months to go before you slip into the elegantly embroidered, silky smooth, satin white dress of your dreams, taking the significant walk down the aisle to meet your husband-to-be, binding two into one. Flowers, catering, bridesmaid dresses are ticked off the seemingly endless list but now comes the unavoidably cute yet most stressful item: choosing flower girl dresses. 

There are not too many things which come close to the cuteness of flower girls holding mini straw baskets, peppering flower petals sporadically along the aisle before the bride and with their valued role, choosing the appropriate flower girl dresses can be equally as stressful as deciding bridesmaid dresses. Whether you are attending a friend's wedding or you are having trouble deciding how to dress your flower girls for your wedding, explore our hand-crafted selection of luxuriously elegant flower girl dresses. From a countryside wedding in July to exchanging vows on the white sandy beaches of Mauritius, we can help ease the apprehension of wedding day nerves so your focus remains on being the most beautiful bride.

1. Fitting is not important

You and your bridesmaids have just gotten back from the umpteenth dress fitting and whilst this measure is to eliminate possibilities of wardrobe malfunctions and unappealing material drape in the wrong places, flower girl dresses do not require the same treatment. When choosing out a flower girl dress, comfortability is key. Choose a dress in a fluid material such as Silk (our Avelaine dress is 100% Silk including the lining) and is breathable in the warm Summer months. Accessorise with a pair of ultra-comfortable T-Bar Mary Janes made from 100% Leather in a metallic Rose Gold tone to add a touch of sparkle and if a breeze begins billowing in the evening air, put them in a light Cotton cardigan.

2. Choose a trend to suit you

When you chose out the bridesmaid dresses, you were conscious of the colour-theme to your wedding which is also why you have chosen champagne toned hydrangea and long-stemmed lilies for your bouquet and blushing peonies and baby breath to adorn the bench-ends and ceiling at the venue of your wedding ceremony. Let this set the framework when you're split between flower dress A and B. Another option would be to choose a free-flowing dress in a neutral tone and getting a sash designed in an appropriate hue to suit your wedding trend. However, if you wish to stick to a generic flower girl dress trend, ivory and light beige are the go-to, finished off with a champagne or blush pink satin sash along the waist. Our Arleta Dress is made from ultra-soft Cotton, featuring a sleeveless design with sweet ruffles along the edges in baby powder white. 

3. Ask the lady herself

You think the dress in the corner with ruffled cap sleeves and an elaborate organza skirt matches the theme of your wedding perfectly and will make a divine choice for your flower girl but will she like the dress as much you? As the dress will be worn by her, go ahead and seek her opinion. Little girls are vocal and transparent about what they like and what they do not like so if she tells you the material of the skirt is itchy against her skin or she begins a tantrum because she does not want to be in the dress, be flexible, seek her opinion and let her choose her dream dress as on the day, she too will be a little princess under the spotlight. 

Good luck and a very huge Congratulations on your wedding!

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