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Are you about to celebrate a special little girl’s First Communion?  What a special time!  No doubt she has dreams about what the perfect First Communion dress will look like. 

This is a day that she has worked hard to reach.  It is very important that you allow her to be part of the selection process when it comes to the dress and accessories.  This will not only ensure that she loves the dress, but it will make the day of her First Communion easier.  How?  If she is wearing a dress she loves, she will be more likely to keep it clean beforehand and she will also stand a little taller.  Not to mention the added benefit for parents when she doesn’t complain about being uncomfortable!  How could she complain when she is wearing a dress she has chosen? 

Of course, a little guidance will be necessary where needed.  You can guide her toward appropriate dresses in a price range you are comfortable with.  If you want to cut down the time it takes and make the experience remain an enjoyable one, you could narrow down the selection to three or four dresses that meet all of your criteria and have her choose from them. 

When ordering online, be sure you allow a few weeks for shipping if you need to exchange the dress for another size.  As long as you leave the tags on and do not soil the dress with makeup or anything else, you should be able to make the exchange without any problems.  It is always wise to call in advance as some companies may require an assigned number with your return.

There are some basic requirements set forth by most churches about what the First Communion dress must look like.  Although you should always ask for guidelines from your church or CCD teacher before you shop. 

Girls Communion dresses should be white.  This is not a problem as you will find that most companies offer wonderful dresses in this color.   There are many styles to choose from.  The dress can be simple, fancy or flashy with sequins and beading.  The options are limitless.  Most little girls want a fancy dress that will allow them to look like a little princess.  If your finances allow it, indulge her.  She has earned it and this will create a memory for a lifetime.

Spaghetti straps are not appropriate for a Communion ceremony.  In fact, some churches won’t allow sleeveless dresses unless the arms are covered by a shawl or nice little jacket.  Be sure to check.

The length should be between the knees and the lower calf.  Right now many little girls prefer the tea length dress.  Avoid a short dress that falls well above the knee. 

Most of all, have fun.  Follow these tips and avoid any problems before the ceremony.   Just keep in mind, this is your little girl’s day.  She will remember it forever.  Allow her to have memories of herself feeling beautiful in the perfect First Communion dress.