My cousin Leah is getting married in October, and she’s been ticking things off her checklist like crazy. It’s been eight years since I planned my wedding and I’d forgotten how far in advance so many things have to be taken care of. Leah picked out her wedding dress and our bridesmaid dresses a few weeks ago, which meant that the last thing we had to take care of was the flower girl dress, a.k.a. Annie’s dress.
Annie has been beyond excited to be the flower girl in this wedding. She’s asked me to show her videos of flower girls on YouTube, and loves hearing stories and looking at the pictures from when I was a flower girl (at about the same age, too). She was fairly patient (for a four-year-old) when Leah and I tried on dresses, so when she found out it was her turn, she flipped out.
We let her walk around the racks of dresses to show us what she wanted. At first, she wanted to try on the headgear and shoes. “Of course I’ll need beautiful hair and shoes!”
Eventually she started grabbing dresses, and to no one’s surprise, they were all pretty cute and along the lines of what Leah had in mind. Annie has style.
Most bridal places don’t let you take pictures, so I assumed this place was the same and took pictures of Annie when she was still in the dressing room. We found out at the end that they didn’t mind if we took flower girl photos. Oh well.
Annie knew that the final decision on the dress was going to be a group decision, but she was very lucky that Leah really wanted Annie’s opinion. These were Annie’s requirements for her dress:
1. Must be “spinny.”
2. Must be “poofy.” Don’t tell her a poofy dress doesn’t spin well, she’ll have none of it.
3. Must be purple (nope, the wedding colors are green).
4. Must be “so so beautiful and special and also sparkly.”
Dress #1, according to Annie:
1. “It’s so twirly!”
2. “It’s…kind of poofy.”
3. “I LOVE THE COLOR”
4. “Not sparkly enough.”
I liked this dress on her a lot, it was in my top 2.
1. “Very twirly!”
2. “I think we could add some poofiness with your sewing machine, mommy.” (OMG)
3. “Do you think Tia Leah would let me get this in purple?”
4. “There are no sparkles, it’s not special enough.”
The color of this dress was right, but that’s about it. The sample was too big, which didn’t help.
1. “This dress twirls out so high.”
2. “It almost has the right amount of poof, but it could have a little more.”
3. “Still not purple, Mommy.”
4. “I love the flowers!”
My mom loved this dress, and it was definitely a sweet option.
1. “So, so twirly!”
2. “This has all the poofy stuff, Mommy. Can you make sure to get more of this for my other dresses?”
3. “Can I put some purple on it?” (She never stopped asking me about the color)
4. “This dress is pretty special, Mom.”
This one was my other favorite. She looked like she was floating on a cloud.
1. “SO twirly”
2. “Not poofy. It has to be poofier, like a princess.”
3. “Can the butterflies be purple?” (They were flowers, and no.)
4. “I LOVE the butterflies!”
She looked cute, but I didn’t love this one. I could picture her standing up front, lifting up her dress up to inspect the petals on the front.
We had Annie try on our two favorites, dresses #1 & 4. While she was in dress #4 again, a saleswoman came over with a sage-colored sash. That pretty much sealed the deal.
My Matron of Honor dress is the same color as the sash, so it’s perfect.
Leah loved how the dress looked all gathered up around Annie when she was on the ground.
Trying on flower girl dresses was the perfect combo of all of Annie’s favorite things: wearing dresses, twirling, and looking in the mirror.
I don’t think anyone needs to worry about Annie getting nervous about walking down the aisle.