Royal wedding designer Nicki Macfarlane shares her top tips...
Acclaimed childrenswear designer Nicki Macfarlane is an acclaimed childrenswear designer and has become famed for her flowergirl and pageboy outfits. Having designed outfits for a host of celebrity and society nuptials, her designs were propelled into the spotlight after she designed the dresses for the four younger bridesmaids at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011.
Here, Nicki shares her top tips for styling your younger bridesmaids!
Children have a habit of growing, so it’s important to leave buying outfits for little ones to as near to the wedding as possible. We would suggest no more than three months before the wedding and make sure the children try them on before the big day in case alterations are needed.
The most important thing about your young attendants’ outfits is that they are comfortable in them. If the children are wearing something scratchy and uncomfortable all day they’ll be miserable! Make sure you buy something lined and the best quality you can afford.
3. It’s your choice!
When it comes to choosing your flowergirl dresses, make sure you’re not overly influenced by the children’s parents - or the children themselves. Remember, it’s your wedding - you can choose whatever style or colour you like!
4. Teenage bridesmaids
Keeping girls over ten happy when it comes to bridesmaid dresses is a tricky business. They don’t want to look ‘girly’ but grown up styles are not right for teenage figures. Involve them in your decision-making and they’ll love you for it! There is a great range of styles available at the moment, influenced by the 1950s – full, knee length skirts with belted waists, or on-trend collars or empire lines – designed with a teenager in mind. Choose in a matching or co-coordinating silk that will sit well with the flower girls’ dresses.
5. One style does not fit all
If you have different aged children, or even a mix of adults and children, don’t be afraid to mix and match styles of dresses. It looks very chic to have all your attendants in the same fabric but different, age-appropriate styles. Alternatively, dressing older bridesmaids in a colour and then choosing a white or ivory dress for the flowergirls and picking out the colour in the sash and buttons looks wonderful.
Visit www.nickimacfarlane.com for more bridesmaid, flower girl and pageboy style ideas.