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The First Communion ceremony is an important rite of passage for any Catholic child. It requires a lot of planning for all aspects of the ceremony and celebration including the choice of clothing. Traditionally boys wear white suits and girls wear white dresses but there are a lot of options out there. Here, we try to shed some light on what to wear for your First Communion Ceremony.
Basics for First Communion Dresses
When choosing your daughter's First Communion dress keep in mind the personality of your daughter, your budget, as well as any restrictions your parish may put on communion dresses. Communion dresses vary in design from the extravagant featuring taffeta, organza, satin, silk and lace to a more modest and traditional take featuring only a few frills and bows. Though not required, veils and boleros are traditional accessories girls can wear along with their communion dress. Whether you choose a plain or frilly communion dress keep in mind the personality of your daughter and what she feels comfortable in. After all, it's her day and she will cherish her First Communion dress as a sacred keepsake.
First Communion Dresses and Accessories
Traditionally, communion dresses are designed with an A-line skirt and small cap sleeves. The dress should be long enough to come to just the tops of your daughter's shoes. Traditional communion dresses are designed simply without a lot of additional frills. The prices of first communion dresses vary. You can purchase a simple and elegant communion dress at from a discount retailer or you can go all out and purchase a designer dress fit for a princess from a custom designer. No matter the price, be sure to select a dress that reflects your daughter's personality and style. No outfit is complete without the perfect accessories. For a first communion these accessories might include a chic bolero, a cute purse, barrettes, headbands or even a beautiful piece of jewelry like a silver or gold cross necklace.
First Communion Suits
There are a few options available when it comes to dressing your son for his first communion. You can dress him in a black or white suit and tie or even a tuxedo. Depending on what you want to spend, you can buy a "ready to wear" white communion suit or you can buy a traditional five piece black or white suit. Keep in mind that you may need to have the suit altered to fit your son. Best practice is to plan well in advance to ensure that you receive your communion suit and have time for additional alterations. Last minute alterations can be quite pricey. Alternatively, if you don't want to buy a full suit for your son, you could buy a pair of nice dress pants or khakis along with a white shirt and tie. This is usually a cheaper option as these separate pieces are more readily available at mass retailers and would not require any alterations.
Boys First Communion Shoes, Ties & Accessories
When choosing shoes for your son's First Communion ceremony, first and foremost make sure they fit properly and are comfortable. Try and match your son's shoes to the rest of their outfit. If they are wearing a simple pair of dress pants and a dress shirt then a nice pair of loafers would be appropriate. If they are wearing a traditional suit or a tuxedo, be sure that the shoes you pick match the outfit. No outfit is complete without a few accessories. You can purchase tie tacks in a variety of styles including gold or silver crosses and chalices. Give your son a keepsake to remember his First Communion ceremony with a special gold, silver, or even pewter piece of jewelry. While jewelry isn't the first thing that comes to mind when buying a gift for your son, a necklace with a cross pendant or saints medal can become a cherished keepsake and memory.
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