How To Find a First Communion Dress

The First Communion will be a memorable event in a child’s life. This is the time where your child has come of age to receive the Body and Blood of Christ through the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

To make this event even more memorable, you’ve decided to look for the perfect First Communion dress. Before deciding to purchase a new First Communion dress, check if you have a family dress that you may want your daughter to wear during this special occasion. It is a common tradition for families to keep and pass down their First Communion dresses in the family. However, if you are looking for a new or different First Communion dress, here are a few helpful tips to find that dress:

  • Keep in mind that a First Communion dress is always white. Off-white is acceptable but any other color does not fit the occasion. This is a sacred ceremony that means the dress you choose must be conservative. First Communion dresses usually require sleeves and are at tea length or at the same length as formal gowns. Though some churches allow a more modern take on First Communion dresses, they again put emphasis on being modestly dressed. Sleeveless dresses are sometimes allowed; however, the church may ask that a bolero jacket or shawl be worn over to cover the arms during the ceremony.
  • Decide on the budget for the First Communion dress. Even if First Communions is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, this does not necessarily mean you have to splurge. Keep a number in mind and spend within that budget. The more expensive dresses usually have more variety of fabric with extra styling from fancy laces, ribbons, and beadings. If you want a First Communion dress with an elegant design for a cheaper price, try looking for dresses that have lace, ribbon, or bead trimming. Your budget could also include money to be spent on the matching accessories such as the veil and shoes.
  • You can use the Internet to check online boutiques for different First Communion dresses. They usually have a catalogue on updates prices and discounts as well as the latest designs. Try visiting,,,, and When shopping online, make sure you are familiar with sizing and the return policy. Know your daughter’s measurements and check against the size chart posted on the website.
  • You can also visit Christian specialty stores, department stores or children’s dress boutique to find a suitable First Communion dress. This will allow you and your daughter to pick a dress you both like and while she can try it on for size. You can also check the dress for any imperfections.

When shopping for a First Communion dress, make sure that it fits perfectly and make the necessary alterations if there are any. If you decide to purchase online, it is advisable to give yourself four weeks between the expected delivery date and the date of the First Communion. This will give you ample time to sort out any problem that may come along.


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