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2017 First Communion Dresses - It's all about the Back!

As we are writing this, winter has officially arrived and in addition to bringing freezing cold weather and a visit from a certain red (or white or green, dependent on your country of residence) suited gentleman, it also brings the first of our 2017 First Holy Communion dresses. This year, we are welcoming back popular brands Joan Calabrese, Isabella & Koko, Emmerling, Sevva, Nicki MacFarlane, Millie Grace & Busy B's Bridals, Sarah Louise, Sweetie Pie and Linzi Jay, which, in addition to bringing back a few classics, are all introducing some fantastic and beautiful new styles. We are also happy to introduce new brands SophistiKatie and La Petite Lucy. SophistiKatie are a Scottish brand who launched in September 2015 with a range of wonderful Flower Girl dresses, designed to be as individual as the children who wear them. Recently they have launched their new Communion range and we are proud to be one of the first to carry these. La Petite Lucy is the child focused brand by La Lucienne Bridal wear. Offering beautiful and unique designs, they combine the softness of childhood with the latest style trends.

2017 First Communion Dress Trends

Last year we highlighted the biggest growing trend in Communion (and Flower Girl for that matter) styling, the Princess look. This trend was so popular that we dubbed 2016 the 'Year of the Princess' and this magical feel is still proving popular going into 2017, but this year, its 'All About The Back'. We still have wonderful designs with full organza skirts and that all important sparkle, such as the Busy Bs Bridals Exclusive 'Lizzy', but what makes this and the other designs below real show stoppers are when the girls turn round:

Busy B's exclusive Lizzy Communion and Flower Girl dressSweetie Pie 536 Communion and Flower Girl dressJoan Calabrese 216308 Communion and Flower Girl dressLa Petite Lucy Nelly Communion and Flower Girl dress

 

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that one or two of these dresses are not white, well never fear, they come in white too, we just do not have a picture of them yet!

So with the back being all important, what else should you be looking out for this season? Sparkle! Carrying on from the Princess feel of last year, more and more designs are adding that extra touch of magic, with diamante detailing like the Joan Calabrese 216313, or fabrics that incorporate dazzling sparkle elements into their weaves including La Petite Lucy 'Lena'. Lace is still popular and we have a range of beautiful styles with either all over lace (such as the Nicki MacFarlane 'Kathryn'), lace bodices (La Petite Lucy 'Elena' and Sophistikatie 'Grace') or with just a hint of lace detailing (e.g the Isabella Style IS17314). For those that prefer a simpler look, there are some wonderful designs by Emmerling, SophistiKatie, Nicki MacFarlane and La Petite Lucy, in classic A-line cuts. As always, we will be stocking a wide range of complementary accessories, from tiaras by Linzi Jay & Emmerling to veils, hairpieces, shoes by Rainbow Club and others, tights, socks, gloves, bags, parasols and more. You can view our full range here.

When to Shop

Availability varies greatly from designer to designer. For some designers with limited availability it is best to shop as early as possible to avoid disappointment, whereas for those that are made to order, you can be most rest assured it is OK to order closer to the event date bearing in mind the production lead times. If you are looking for a great deal, early season is also a good time to buy a end of line sale dress. Any dresses marked in the Sale will have been discontinued and will not be restocked so once they are gone they are gone. We have noted the availability of each of our designers below to help you make sure you do not miss out on your perfect dress.

Busy B's Bridals - Busy B's manufacture their dresses on a made to order basis with a 6-8 week turnaround, so orders can be taken up to this time ahead of the Communion date, but please allow sufficient time for your dress to reach you including shipping times. For any customers shopping in person at our Dartford showroom, we will have a selection of samples to view and we will also have a limited selection of dresses available for immediate purchase.

Emmerling - Our first batch of new season dresses are expected to arrive in January 2017. All styles that we will be carrying are available to view online and pre-orders are being taken for our stock dresses due in January. All other sizes that will not be arriving in our January delivery can also be pre-ordered until the end of January for delivery in time for 2017 Communions. After the end of January 2017, stock will be limited to those dresses in our or Emmerling's warehouse. We also have a limited selection of prior season 'sale' dresses.

Isabella & Koko - Our delivery will be arriving in December 2016 and availability will be limited to this delivery for sizes shown online now so order early to avoid disappointment. We have some stock available for immediate dispatch ahead of this and all stock due in December can be pre-ordered ahead of our delivery.

Joan Calabrese for Mon Cheri - Our stock of Joan Calabrese dresses are in stock and available to order now. Availability of sizes that are not in stock will be limited to those dresses at Joan Calabrese's European warehouse. We also have a limited selection of prior season 'sale' dresses.

La Petite Lucy - La Petite Lucy manufacture their dresses on a made to order basis with a 6-8 week turnaround, so orders can be taken up to this time ahead of the Communion date, but please allow sufficient time for your dress to reach you including shipping times. For any customers shopping in person at our Dartford showroom, we will have a selection of samples to view and we will also have a limited selection of dresses available for immediate purchase.

Linzi Jay - Our first batch of new season dresses have already arrived and further stock is due in January 2017. All styles that we will be carrying are available to view online and pre-orders are being taken for our stock dresses due in January. All other sizes that will not be arriving in our January delivery can also be pre-ordered until the end of January for delivery by the end of April 2017. After the end of January 2017, stock will be limited to those dresses in our or Linzi Jay's warehouse. We also have a limited selection of prior season 'sale' dresses.

Millie Grace  - Millie Grace manufacture their dresses on a made to order basis with a 4-6 week turnaround, so orders can be taken up to this time ahead of the Communion date, but please allow sufficient time for your dress to reach you including shipping times. For any customers shopping in person at our Dartford showroom, we will have a selection of samples to view and we will also have a limited selection of dresses available for immediate purchase.

Nicki MacFarlane - We hold stock on a number of Nicki MacFarlane Communion dresses. For any that are out of stock or if you would like to order another style from the collection that we do not have in stock, these can be ordered in with a 12 week production time. Nicki MacFarlane can also produce their dresses on a 8 or 10 week rush order basis for an additional fee.

Sarah Louise - Our dresses are due to arrive from January and pre-orders can be taken up until this time. If your chosen dress is not in stock availability can be checked with Sarah Louise and ordered in.

SophistiKatie - SophistiKatie manufacture their dresses on a made to order basis with a 4-6 week turnaround, so orders can be taken up to this time ahead of the Communion date, but please allow sufficient time for your dress to reach you including shipping times. For any customers shopping in person at our Dartford showroom, we will have a selection of samples to view and we will also have a limited selection of dresses available for immediate purchase.

Sweetie Pie - We hold stock of a number of Sweetie Pie dresses and further deliveries are expected in January. Sweetie Pie Communion dresses can be ordered in and gave a 12 week production time if no stock is available for dispatch from their UK office. If you would like to order a particular dress from the Sweetie Pie collection that we do not have in stock we would recommend to speak to us as early as possible to check availability to ensure your dress arrives in good time.

Shop online or in person

We would be delighted to welcome you at our Communion showroom at our premises in Dartford, Kent, ideally located just off the M25 junction and in easy reach from Kent, London, Essex, Surrey, Middlesex and Hertfordshire. Our showroom is open by appointment only, as each customer is given our individual attention - please contact us if you would like to visit. If you prefer to shop online, or would rather try on the items in the comfort of your own home, our website is of course open 24/7. We are here to help via email or on the telephone for any questions you may have and if anything is not completely right for you, with the exception of custom or bespoke items, you have piece of mind that you may return it within 10 days of receipt for refund or exchange. As long as the items are in stock for immediate dispatch, orders are dispatched on working days up to 3pm with next day delivery options available.

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