Sunday, April 09, 2006

Adventures in a Bridal Shop

Husband's cousin is getting married in July and has asked the ladies to be her flower girls. I posted a while ago about this, after having found some adorable dresses for not-too-much money, where I expressed the hope that Cousin would like the dresses enough to allow the girls to wear them at the wedding.

We met her today at a bridal shop in a neighboring state. I brought the dresses with me, but Cousin never looked at them - by the time we got there, she and her mother (both of whom I love, by the way) were already pawing through the rack of flower girl dresses and yanking out numerous samples for the girls to try on. While I will admit that both the girls and I had a great time trying all those dresses on, I am a little stymied by a couple of things:

~since when did flower girl dresses become mini bridal gowns? ALL the dresses - literally ALL of them - were white or ivory with tulle and bows and, in some cases, even trains. No patterned fabric, no cap sleeves, no "little girlish" styles - all were tiny versions of the brides' dresses that the store had on display.

~is there any other use, other than dress-up, to which a flower girl dress can be put? If yes, what? If not, do you think it's possible to sell the things on consignment to at least recoup SOME of the expense? I dropped slightly less than two hundred bucks for what you see below, and while I'm happy to do what I can to make Cousin happy on her big day, the cheap Yankee in me is looking for a way to establish some financial balance through this whole affair.

The girls really ARE going to be beautiful in these dresses - I'm hoping that Cousin goes with the light green sash instead of the hot pink sash - but either way they'll be lovely. I just wish they had potential to be more than just a one-time shot.


Blogger Kizz said...

Ebay, baby.

Happenstance brought the brunch crowd to a wedding day photo hotspot while we were finishing our ice cream today. Yes, all the bridesmaids dresses these days look like wedding dresses. There was one wedding party that arrived in a white stretch Escalade, 25 attendants including the flower girl. The bridesmaids dresses, even the ones for the junior bridesmaids were nice but the flower girl's dress was poouffy and crinoline and had a longish train and was shaped just like the bride's gown. Not only did the little girl look uncomfortable, she looked ricockulous.

However, it was just that foolishness that made her anything but unique in the sea of wedding don'ts we cheerfully cackled at.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous claudia said...

HOLY CRAP! I'm sorry,I don't care
HOW much you like this cousin,some sort of heads up as to the price range of these things would have been,at the very least,considerate!! While I understand that this is her special day,that whole bridezilla thing is just too much if she's dipping into other peoples pockets. You ARE going to let her know that paying for these dresses IS her wedding gift-RIGHT? I guess that's the price you have to pay for having two well behaved and absolutely cute young ladies=bridal fodder!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Kizz said...

As outrageous as it seems that price tag is average to low end for being in someone's wedding whether you're a birdesmaid or a flower girl or whatever. And, to my knowledge, it doesn't absolve you of a gift for the wedding or for the engagement or for the shower.

It's expensive to like someone enough to go to their wedding.

8:40 PM  
Anonymous claudia said...

I guess I'm more than a little out of touch! I think brides do it because no one says "No, Thank you, it's a bit too pricey for this honor, instead I'd prefer to donate to a battered womans shelter or starving children"

9:05 PM  
Blogger vanx said...

Your girls are going to have a VERY big day.--
The flower girl at my wedding was a flower child with a flowery dress and flowers in her hair. She is now a Federal Marshal in Miami. Her brother, our ring bearer, is an ex-Marine. Both have gravitated toward a completely different kind of dress-up than I would have predicted.

9:35 AM  

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