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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Multi-Use Summer Party Dresses for Girls

Get the Most Out of a Girl’s Party Dress—How to Recycle a Party Dress for Multiple Events











Get the Most Out of a Girl’s Party Dress—How to Recycle a Party Dress for Multiple Events

For that special summer event, you want your girl to have a beautiful dress that fills her with joy and confidence. However, you also know that girls’ party dresses are often far too expensive while limited in their usefulness. If you are about to invest in a special-occasion dress, you may be surprised to learn that the latest trends in girls’ party dresses include styles that are convertible to multiple environments. Before you spend a lot of money on a one-time-use dress, discover why even girls’ party dresses embrace the current trend of a ‘mix and match” philosophy that even the most posh fashionistas flaunt.

The Duchess Kate Middleton is perhaps the singularly-most watched style celebrity, and even she demonstrates that her wardrobe is not a “one-time-use” affair. She cleverly reuses items in new and inventive ways. Your girl’s summer party dress can easily convert into a perfect fall frock with the right bolero or sweater. Kids outgrow clothes quickly, but well-selected dresses can certainly last through multiple seasons. Special-occasion dresses don’t need to be cheap articles that are more for show than longevity or comfort. When you shop carefully, and stay on top of industry insight rather than trends, you can make your girl’s dress last much longer than a one-occasion affair. If you employ a little creativity, the right dress selection can go from a party, to church, to a wedding, and finally to a fun family reunion. At Elite Dresses, we help our clients by providing the best variety of all-occasion party dresses for girls. Make the most of your investment and check out our weekly sales for even more inspiration. Let your little girl shine, whenever and wherever.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Flower Girl Reception Ideas

The Best Wedding Receptions—Ideas to Incorporate Your Flower Girl and Other Child Guests

The Best Wedding Receptions—Ideas to Incorporate Your Flower Girl and Other Child Guests

Once the formal wedding is over, your reception is the chance for your guests to kick back, relax, and enjoy celebrating your marriage with frivolity and fun. While you adult guests have plenty of food, music, dancing, and drinks to entertain, what about your flower girl and other young ones? With a little creativity and a lot of good cheer, you can help make your wedding fun for each and every guest. Here are some ideas for incorporating kids into your wedding reception:

  • Creative kids tables—When people leave your reception, they won’t remember the centerpieces or song list. They will remember experiences. Pinterest is full of crafty, fun kids’ tables. Whether you go with sedate printables or full-on crafts, your little guests will end up being a highlight of the night, and not a later, not-in-a-good-way talking point.

  • Kids’ dance—If you envision a fun night of dancing for your guests, plan on at least some special kids-oriented dancing. Depending on your schedule, this could be a few songs early on, or one song each during specified time brackets. Not only will this give kids something to look forward to, but the photo opportunities will also be priceless.
  •  Kid-friendly food—Children are notoriously picky, and you will gain praise from both your little guests and their parents if you have something on the menu that is appealing to younger palettes.
  • Above and beyond—If you are hosting a large contingent of children, you may want to consider a special “Kids’ Room” for your reception.  Armed with activities and entertainment, this room can be an out-of-sight space for them to let loose. However, if you go this route, you should remember that supervision is essential. Whether you get family volunteer or provide qualified sitters, you need to place safety and supervision above all else.

At Elite Dresses, we know that your wedding is special, and we want to give you the tools, tips, and perfect attire to satisfy both your flower girls and all of your young participants. Check out this week’s sale, and start planning the most memorable reception your friends have ever seen!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Flower Girl Mom or Caregiver—Tips for getting their help

Flower Girl Etiquette—Why Her Caregiver Deserves Consideration


Flower Girl Etiquette—Why Her Caregiver Deserves Consideration

You want your wedding day to go off without a hitch, and while you have a lot on your plate, you can’t forget the people that make your special day possible. Your flower girl adds an adorable and memorable component to your day, but in the flurry of wedding planning and execution, how can you make sure that she isn’t lost in the shuffle? Whether your flower girl is an adorable niece or a distant family friend, her mom or caregiver is your best resource for setting her up for success. When planning your wedding, you need to establish a good relationship with her caregiver to ensure that your flower girl will have a good experience.

Why is Your Flower Girl’s Caregiver Important?
  • You are asking a lot of them—You may think that your selected flower girl is overjoyed at the prospect, but her caregiver has just been given a big responsibility. He or she is now tasked with paying for a significant expensive, one-time-use dress, showing up to multiple events, and stressing out over ways to make that little angel behave and perform.
  • They are essential to your flower girl’s participation—From helping her learn what is expected, to getting her ready, your flower girl’s caregiver is her ultimate source of information and support. Your need to communicate with this person courteously and effectively at all times, and always make sure that you give your flower girl’s needs consideration.
  • They are can be a great asset—If the caregiver is not in the wedding, you still know that he or she will be another present person at multiple events. You may be able to utilize this to help in other areas. Just be sure that you approach this possibility with ultimate caution and ultimate courtesy.

After your wedding, remember that your flower girl’s caregivers deserve equal thanks and acknowledgement. They were an unseen hand that created your picture-perfect moments, and you should treat them as such.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Sassy in Silver - Girls Dresses

Sassy in Silver Girls Dress Collage

Girls Silver Dresses Collage

I am playing around with Pinterest (439 followers), and trying different graphics. This is one of the latest graphics to show my silver girls dresses.

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Summer weddings and flower girl dresses

Summer weddings and flower girls dresses

What You Need to Consider When Selecting Flower Girl Dresses for Summer Weddings

As you plan your summer wedding, every detail is a reflection of your personality. From the decorations to the bridesmaids’ dresses, each element should come together into a cohesive design. However, as you make your selections, you also need to be practical about the season, and select things that will actually work in reality, not just in your vision. In terms of both the bridesmaids and flower girl dresses, you have to look past color and style, and consider how both the dress and the wearer will hold up in real-world conditions. Here are some tips for selecting the best dresses for the season:

  • Pay attention to the materials—That beautiful dress you love may be sleeveless, but its velvet skirt will have your poor flower girl breaking out in a heat rash before you snap the first picture. You need to look past the cut and design of a dress, and consider how the materials will affect the comfort of your wedding party during this warm season. Flowers girls are especially sensitive to heat discomfort, and you may end up with a tantrum that was completely avoidable.

  • Be realistic—We know what you’re thinking…your wedding is indoors, so the dress style and material shouldn’t matter. However, your wedding party will still be exposed to the elements as they travel to and from venues, and may quickly sweat through a poorly-chosen dress. Furthermore, even air-conditioned venues heat up quickly when you add a large crowd, so a breathable, comfortable dress will keep everyone, especially your flower girl, cool and happy.

  • Give your flower girl equal consideration—Some brides give plenty of time and consideration to their bridesmaids’ dress comfort, yet then select a flower girl dress solely on appearance. Don’t treat your flower girl like an accessory; she deserves to have a dress that is seasonally appropriate.

  • Throw convention into the wind—Summer is a time for all colors. You aren’t bound by any seasonal palette, so select the colors that mean the most to you.

  • Just remember, when selecting any apparel for a summer wedding, you always want to factor in how your selections will hold up to real-world conditions. When you balance your vision with reality, you will end up with the beautiful and stress-free wedding.

Want some ideas on the perfect flower girl dress? Check out this week’s sale!
Summer Prints Dress Sale

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Girls Printed Dress Sale

Printed dresses are perfect for summer. They offer a bit of a change from the classic one color look of many dresses for a contrast the eye loves. From polka dots to flowers to lots of other beautiful designs. Printed dresses are on sale this week at Elitedresses.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Can I be your Flower Girl?

Can I be your Flower Girl?http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/she-wanted-be-flower-girl-she-needed-wedding-n155631#FlowerGirl #marriage #wedding

Posted by Elite Dresses on Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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Father's Day Dress Sale

I know, because of shipping time this sale should have been done last week :-)

Next Year!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Happy Memories or Tears and Tantrums--How Can You Be Sure Your Flower Girl Will Behave?

Whether you are the bride, or the mother of the flower girl, you are probably worried about getting that precious sweetheart down the aisle without incident. We’ve all seen those funny videos of flower girl antics, and while we get a good laugh, we are petrified that this could happen to us. Here are some tips to set a first-time flower girl up for success:
  • Don’t try to force a reluctant child into being a flower girl—While you may want your adorable niece to fill the position, you could be setting her up for failure by pressuring her into a role that she isn’t yet emotionally or developmentally able to handle. Keep the child’s disposition and level of development in mind when selecting your flower girl.

  • Be realistic about your time-frame—Wedding days are long, full of preparation, pictures and unforeseen delays. As the mom, you need to be upfront with the bride about your child’s schedule (naps, meals, etc.), as well as her limits. For example, if your child does not have the patience to wait for extended periods, discuss a later arrival time with the bride to maximize on your daughter’s attention span. For brides, talk with the child’s mother and figure out how you can tweak the schedule so that her routine isn’t excessively disrupted.

  • Provide activities to keep her entertained—Plan on something to keep her attention during prep time. A tablet, DVD, new toy or other distraction will help avoid boredom that leads to meltdowns.

  • Save dressing her for last—Inevitably, the flower girl is going to want a snack or a drink, and you don’t need the stress of worrying about whether she will stain her dress. Furthermore, a hungry or thirsty child is not a happy child. Make sure her meal schedule isn’t hampered.

  • Practice makes perfect—Allow for plenty of practice and rehearsal. Parents can practice with her at home, but she still will need the opportunity to get comfortable in the venue. Even the most outgoing child can freeze and panic in unfamiliar settings. Empower her at the rehearsal so she knows exactly what will happen.

Above all else, remember that life is not perfect. Even with the best planning, you may still end up with a rogue flower girl who makes a mistake or does something silly. Before you get frustrated, remember that she is still a child and she doesn’t need to feel the pressure or responsibility for someone else’s idea of perfection. In the end, the memories of the day need to be positive.  Treat your flower girl with the same care and consideration as your family and wedding party, and you will help her shine in her awesome role.

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Who should Pay for the Flower Girl Dress?

Spotlight On Wedding Etiquette—Who Should Pay for the Flower Girl Dress?

With the impending arrival of summer, we are fast approaching the busiest season for weddings. With that, wedding etiquette often emerges as a hot-button topic for debate, especially if you are in the process of planning your own wedding. Who should you invite to be in your wedding party? Who pays for what? All of these questions may seem simple, but anytime you approach an event with so many emotions and so much money involved, you definitely have the potential for hurt feelings if you’re not careful.

Get Real—A Little Consideration Goes a Long Way

Let’s be honest—your wedding is your big day, but it’s certainly not a free pass to disregard the needs and feelings of others. When selecting attire for your wedding party, including flower girl dresses, you need to keep your participants comfort and budget in mind. You may love that gorgeous, hand-beaded, chiffon explosion of a flower girl dress, but the mother of the child will probably balk at the budget-busting price tag. As adorable as you think your wedding selections are, always remember that your friends and family are doing you a favor, and many will spend upwards of hundreds of dollars on your event. Considering that they will probably only wear these garments once, selections that disregard their budgets are a recipe for resentment.

With all this debate on wedding etiquette, where does the flower girl come in? Traditionally, all members of a wedding party are expected to pay for their own attire, and the same goes for the flower girl dress. However, if you can afford it, purchasing the dress yourself is a truly thoughtful gesture to both the child and her parents, especially since she will most likely outgrow the dress before getting any additional use out of it. By purchasing the dress yourself, you are extending kindness and consideration toward your flower girl’s. However, bear in mind that even if you purchase the dress yourself, you should still be cognizant of what the child’s parents feel is age-appropriate.

If you decide to leave the dress purchasing to the parents, make sure you do your research and provide them with options that are affordable and that you know are available. If they have to scour the internet, only to find that a dress is discontinued, they will definitely not appreciate the wasted time and effort. Make it as easy as possible so that everyone can enjoy your wedding day, especially your precious flower girl!

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