Girly Time {Flower Girls}

Last week I sent cute little cards to my four flower girls (my 2 nieces and Kyle's 2 nieces) officially asking them to be in my wedding entourage, and they agreed! Lucky me! They're all so adorable, I cant wait to see them all dressed up and ready to lead the way down the aisle. Now I get the fun task of choosing what they're going to wear. And I love shopping. Particularly virtual window shopping. (Does that make me a bit strange?)

I really love this modern, sort-of bohemian princess look with the long tulle skirt and the the flowers in their hair.

sourced from Style Me Pretty, photos by Sara Donaldson

Or I can go with the always-a-good-choice clothing shop, J. Crew. I mean, let's face it, everyone else in my wedding is wearing J. Crew. I may as well put everyone in their beautiful clothes!

top: Style Me Pretty, photo by KT Merry; left: Brides, photo by Jose Villa; right: Style Me Pretty, photo by Veil and Bow

I really love all of the white dress options and their sparkly flats!

Girls' organdy plumeria dressGirls' glitter bow ballet flatsJ. Crew dress and shoes

I've also heard of brides who are way cooler than me that let their flower girls dress up as their favorite character and dance down the aisle. How great would that be for them?!

What are your flower girls wearing? Which style do you like better of the two above? I need to start making some decisions!


{Bridesmaid Cental} Picking the Perfect Dresses

Ahh the bridesmaids. You don't want them to look better than you, but they can't be looking bad either. With current budget trends, bridesmaids are less willing to spend the once normal pricetag of $200+. That leaves the bride shopping for great style on a tiny budget! I'm here to tell you that it can be done! The dress I wore to Lizzie's wedding was actually from Forever 21! Yep, I fully lucked out. So did the other girls too, lots of the dresses were from H & M or express with a simple 2 digit pricetag. (Mine was only $19. Score!) I actualy found the dresses my bridesmaids are wearing from H &M for just $30 a pop! They were exactly what I was looking for with the pricetag to match. So, it really can be done! Here are a few of my fave dresses that I would love to see as BM dresses! They are both a little bold and both a little unstructured, and best of all, they are both statement! While you may be falling in love as well, these are both from J Crew with a larger price tag than your party may want to spend. Use this as inspiration and shop places like Forever 21 and H & M to find something similar.

{Source: First Dress, Second Dress}

Here are a few ruffle options. Two of these are $20 dresses and the other 2 are a bit more pricey. I personally love that black number.

{Source: Black Dress, Purple Ruffle, Gray Dress, Blush Ruffles}

Ok, I admit I went a little crazy with the J Crew options here, and if you are looking for budget dresses then I apologize. They are just so pretty and so perfect for BM central! These two are a bit more structured and chic, but I love them just the same. These would be gorgeous at an old barn wedding with some ultra-chic decor.

{Source: Dress 1, Dress 2}

Don't get discouraged with the bridesmaid dress shopping! There are tons of options out there. Send some inspiration photos to your bridesmaids and have them do the search for something in their budget. This is one thing you can relinquish control on because as the bride, you have a lot of things to focus on other than finding your girls dresses! But at the end of the day, great looking bridesmaids will only enhance your look and make you stand out amongst the already great style of your girls!

Anyone else out there have bridesmaids dresses picked out??? Post some photos on the Engaged & Inspired Facebook page so I can see! :)