Pegeen.com Adds Toy Soldiers to their Nutcracker Collection

Orlando, Florida – Oct. 3, 2018 – The Design Team at Pegeen Designer Children’s Wear has added a few new styles including a Military-style  red jacket with optional pant to their Nutcracker Collection. This collection was also updated to includes pancake tutus for The Snow Queen, The Dew Drop Fairy and the Sugar Plum Fairy as well as Romantic Tutus for the Corps de Ballet.  Party Scene dresses are constantly updated each season as well.

After ballet company director’s requests, we added a bright red military style jacket with plenty of braid trim and buttons starting at $155.  These bright and fun jackets are available in size 2 through size 14.  The stage glows with her creations for the ballet and ice skating clubs as well.

Other boy styles for the Nutcracker Party Scene in 200 colors of silk in any combination can be seen on the following page including: click

The Party Dancer Collection prices start at $255, are available in over 200 silk colors and are used by up and coming or well-established companies. Typically, local dance schools will hold an audition for children to appear on stage with sometimes the most famous of all Ballet Companies. “I would liken winning an audition to NYC Ballet or ABT Company as the pinnacle of a young New York ballet student’s career. When I was a young dancer, I remember seeing Mikhail Baryshnikov or Suzanne Farrell appearing in The Nutcracker and could not help but be envious of the student who won the part of Clara”.   The Tutu Collection for this season is made for the everyday dancer and although several dozen are made of each style (for traditional Pancake Tutus), prices are under $1000.  Commissioned pieces can run as high as $5000.

In the past several seasons, Marg Hyland’s designs for The Nutcracker Ballet have appeared all over the country including the prestigious The San Jose Nutcracker and Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet.   She has also expanded to include other ballet costumes for Giselle, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Midsummer Night and even How the Grinch Stole Christmas among others.

 

Visit the full line at Pegeen.com – Nutcracker Dresses or visit the SHOP TUTU link.

Having Small Children In Your Wedding Party? Our Top Ideas To Prevent Melt Downs

Often a bride will wish to include the smaller members of her family or friends for her wedding party. These flower girls or ring bearers can be awfully cute in a wedding party but at times, can be plain awful as well. Why is that? Well, often, this is the first time a small child will be exposed to so much attention placed on him. We as adults have had to experience of having that adrenaline rush when all eyes are focused on us but imagine a small child, for her, this can be the first time that the overwhelming feeling of too much attention hits them right before they walk down the aisle. So, what to do?

Explaining to them, especially the two-year-old, what is going to happen is meaningless to them. In fact, the more you talk about it, the faster you will see their heads shake with a firm “no”. I hear it on the other end of the phone with the moms as they try to take their measurements for their flower girl dress or ring bearer suit. “Come on honey, let’s take your measurement for the pretty dress we talked about” – and low and behold, I hear the child scream and run away.

Here are my suggestions for the process:

1. MEASUREMENTS: As you will need measurements for their outfit, make it a game! Ask them to stand against the wall, and place a pencil on their heads so that they can see the dot; enlist their help to do the measurement. Take a tape measure to the dot and for the age appropriate child, see them read the number to you at the floor. When you take their chest and waist, especially if they are giving you a hard time, ask them to take yours first. Soon, they will allow you to take theirs AND pretty much they will want to take measurements for every person they see!


2. PREPARATION: Even the tiny ones will need to understand what they are going to be doing. There are many cute books out there to read or a scene from a movie to help them understand what they will be doing. On our Pegeen (http://www.pegeen.com) website, we have plenty of photos of children walking down the aisle. I point out one particular wedding from our Featured Weddings of the Month for February 2008 when you see the little girls coming down the aisle, with a “line leader” (the oldest, the Jr. Bridesmaid’s) holding a flower garland with the little ones trailing behind. Preparation, talking, showing books and photos, and even a movie or two isn’t a bad idea.
3. THE REHEARSAL: Certainly, the rehearsal is a way for everyone to know their places and responsibilities but for children, the practice doesn’t emphasize how many people the following day (usually the rehearsal is the evening before) will be “staring” at them, and although harmless, it can be very frightening to children, especially small ones. After the rehearsal, it’s not a bad idea to talk to them and let them know (tomorrow) all the people will be there but you know just about every single one! Name many of them and the following day, it can be a game for them to spot their cousins or aunts and uncles, especially if you ask them to sit at the end of the aisle. Certainly, the rehearsal is a way for everyone to know their places and responsibilities but for children but preparing them in advance for the number of guests!
4. THE WEDDING: This is the toughest time. Remember though, anything they do will be accompanied by chuckles of your guests. The older children, those 6 and older, are usually with it and are not quite a shy as a three-year-old, so they can help the younger ones. If however the child is “solo” know that there may be some hesitation on their part but they will make it through especially if you prepare beforehand.

We suggest that, when possible, consider the following:

5. Have them walk down the aisle with older children or their parents.

6. Make it a fun place when they get there – books are always good. When mine was little, I kept him busy at the ceremony with cheerios and hid them in my gown.

Here are some other fantastic tips for keeping the kids happy at wedding receptions:

7. Hire someone to sit with them at the reception. Mary Poppins not available? Well it really is better to hire someone they are used to but not practical for traveling or all of the children (because they have their own baby sitters they are used to).
8. Bring some interesting things for them to do when they get bored
9. Can’t say enough about that Kids table – they like the independence and the sugar.

10. Include them in your dancing – and what kid doesn’t like The Macarena?

Our chat is always open until 11pm, and at certain busy times, till midnight and we are happy to share ideas from other brides. We have a neat page that we put some great ideas on it – one of my favorites is the wagon! http://www.pegeen.com/great-ideas.php

What’s the proper length for my flower girl dress for a beach wedding?

Even though it’s practically the end of summer, destination weddings are more popular than ever,  so it wasn’t a surprise when a customer asked me today – “What’s the proper length for my flower girl’s dress on the beach?”  It really is common sense – the dresses shouldn’t touch the ground so we recommend ballet length, just a few inches above the ankle.  This is our standard length.

A beach wedding look with flower petals on the flower girl dress skirt – we can also add shells we collect from the Florida Beaches on request

So, thinking back on the activities of little girls on the beach, regardless of the occasion, these beach weddings came to mind.

We had to laugh about this flower girl (below) –  can you imagine how much fun this likely was for the little girls?  Until her mom saw her, we are sure

Don’t go in, don’t go in, don’t go…..oops! The Jersey Shore was just too irresistible for this little flower girl.

This beach wedding was a perfect time for these flower girls to explore. The shorter length kept them out of trouble but they still picked up their custom silk dresses in key lime and emerald green.

We thought the photographer captured the giddiness of each of these tiny girls, walking on the beach in their clothes instead of bathing suits!

but things got worse for the little one…

Flower girl dress at the beach

What to do at a beach wedding…. this little flower girl decided to take her mothers advice and not jump in!

Although not an ocean, my son was married in Denver but had his reception at a beach on my bucket list – Lake Tahoe. The flower girl wore our flower girl dress from The Fairytale Collection “The Opal Fairy”.


But speaking of lengths to wear here are some of our favorite flower girl dresses worn at the beach!

Mango orange and sorbet pink for these flower girl dresses, above

We loved this beach wedding at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort in hot island colors of boing (hot pink) and mango orange and this blended family had the men/boys wear coordinated colors.

Still one of our very favorites, these triplets shared the same tulle and silk flower girl dress style yet each had different combinations of melons and oranges.

One of our favorite looks for flower girl dresses on the beach – notice how the lightweight organza picks up with the warm summer breeze.

The perfect length – just a few inches above their ankles for this Navy and Lime Green wedding and flower girl dresses

Shore line – California Wedding in white and sunshine yellow above

The location for this wedding, in Asbury Park NJ, had some of the best shorts for a real fun wedding that tug at this designer’s memories of growing up.

This was a beautiful setting at the beach of Lake Tahoe and yes, although not the ocean, a real beach none the less. Flower girl dresses and boy’s vest in bubblegum pink and black.

A simple ivory and chocolate brown wedding.

This beach wedding showed our favorite color – a tiffany blue color called Pond with Summer Tan as the underlining color to the ivory organza. This flower girl dress is from The Classics Collection.

Top 10 Flower Girl Dresses for a Fall Wedding

At this time of the year, it is not unusual for us to get swatch requests for Fall Weddings, especially for the month of October which has become very popular for weddings. The weather in most parts of the country is still temperate and most weekends are augmented by the beautiful change in the leaves. So the options for flower girl dresses from Pegeen.com are, not surprisingly, endless. In addition to all the lovely fall silk colors that are popular, we are showing you some of the classic seasonal picks, particularly the rusts, browns, reds, oranges and greens.


Above we show you some of the SWATCHES representing some of our favorite fall colors of silk used in our dresses but you can see below that the inspiration for many of these flower girl dresses do depend on other choices the bride makes, like flowers, lines, color of the venue and so forth. For those who are ready to brave the cooler days, you can choose sleeveless but we often recommend at least short sleeves if not 3/4 sleeves. However, most bridesmaids dresses are sleeveless so we find that we make more tank style dresses for the fall. Feel free to call our staff for help in designing your flower girl dresses for fall weddings at 407-928-2377 or click chat on our website. We are open 7 days a week from 9pm to 11pm and ship worldwide.

Above, flower girl dress style 398 from Pegeen Classics in (l to r) pumpkin (orange), papaya (gold) and mountain fall (rust).


Above, flower girl dress style 402 in new ivory and bisque in silk with 10 layers of tulle.


Above, flower girl dress style 402 in new ivory and pure gold in silk with 10 layers of tulle. Customer supplied wrap.


Above: These little flower girls had Iris pintuck & pearled bodice, plum skirt (right) and silver skirt (left). Their sashes were mixed as well. Flower girl dress style 409 from Pegeen Couture.


Above: These flower girls had tuscany gold bodice, organza skirt filled with peach, creme and ivory petals. Flower girl dress style 331 from Pegeen Classics


Above: These flower girl had a simple white silk dress with black sash and the older flower girls had silver gray with organza skirts and black sashes. Flower girl dress style 331 from Pegeen Classics

Navy and autumn silk flower girl dress in tulle and silk
Above: Navy and spice (rust) silk flower girl dress with tulle skirt. Flower girl dress style 356 from Pegeen Classics.


Above: Pumpkin orange and Cranberry red silk flower girl dress with A-Line skirt. Flower girl dress style 305 from Pegeen Classics.


Above: Rum pink flower girl dresses with Bolero jacket with cut the chilly nights. Flower girl dress style 398 from Pegeen Classics


Above: Plum and gold sequins silk and tulle flower girl dresses from Pegeen Couture. Flower girl dress style 402.

How can I make children feel special in my wedding?

I often get many moms call me and tell me of their family dynamics – usually involving step-children.  Sometimes, they confess feeling a bit disjointed from the step-child to be or other times they just want their children to be involved in the wedding in a special way.  I suppose that is the hardest thing.  I personally can vouch for feelings that get hurt when planning weddings so you want to keep it as complication free as possible, but how to do that?

There is no one answer.  My opinion will always fall on including the child whenever possible.  I think they need to be involved as much as age-appropriateness dictate that they can be.  Don’t ask other people’s opinions – do what you feel is right for your new family! Then, if you have one, run it by your Wedding Planner for other suggestions.

Decorating the desert table is a great way to get families involved.

I have heard so many stories from many hundreds of brides.  Often the difficulties arise from the age spread of the flower girls and the junior bridesmaids. The flower girl dresses and the junior bridesmaid dresses need to complement each other. Girls who are not old enough to wear a junior dress will often complain that a little girl’s dress is not sophisticated enough for her, that it’s too “babyish”.  This situation can seem daunting to a bride who is dealing with a hundred issues in planning her wedding, which is why Pegeen prioritized it in planning its coordinated flower girl dress and junior bridesmaids dress lines.

These Jr Bridesmaids and blended siblings created their dress in our Pegeen Dress Dreamer

A couple of my brides have commented that even working with their step-pre-teenager-to-be on our Pegeen Dress Dreamer has had good results because they can design absolutely what THEY want instead.  Its not for me to say but just listen to them – they have ideas that should count as well.

Activities table for children at your wedding are also a good idea.

2018 Wedding and Flower Girl Dress of the Year

We’re Delighted to Announce the Winner of Our ANNUAL WEDDING & FLOWER GIRL DRESS OF THE YEAR!


We were honored this year to have received an avalanche of submissions for our annual Wedding of the Year contest. Each year it has been harder and harder to determine a winner. It seems that the photography gets better and better and that makes the job of choosing just one from among our very special brides a tough, but fun, task.


Everything about this wedding was simply gorgeous, from the fairy tale setting and the couple’s story to the exquisite flowers by Leonora Moss. Our bride chose two distinct styles but in shades of blue and gray silk. For the younger girl, she choose Style 702 from the Couture Collection

and for the 3 oldest Jr Bridesmaids she choose Style 356 from Pegeen Classics.

She complemented the flower girl dresses in Blue Ice and Platinum Silk by mixing and matching the colors of tulle. Multi colored tulle was used for smallest dress. We think the colors couldn’t have gone better with the setting.

Photographer – Rae Marshal Photography

Flowers – “Leonora Moss” Sierra Madre, Ca.

Brides Dress – Panache’ Bridal Pasadena, Ca.

Grooms Tux – Men’s Warehouse

Location – The Villa Del Sol D’oro Sierra Madre, CA.

We also chose an additional Platinum Wedding of the Year because it was just so beautiful we had to award it a place of honor. Be sure to read all about it in the LINK HERE

Totally in love with this Black and Blue Tulle flower girl dress

One of our truly special moms, who has bought a number of flower girl dresses for her daughter Esti, celebrated the Bar Mitzvah of their son David. Event was held at the Marine Park Jewish Community Center, Brooklyn. The dress was designed using style 402 where we added longer, 3/4 sleeves, black sequins for the bodice and black and sapphire petals added to the skirt.

Black and Blue Tulle flower girl dress or Bat Mitzvah dress

Black and Blue Tulle flower girl dress or Bat Mitzvah dress Black and Blue Tulle flower girl dress or Bat Mitzvah dress

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Flower girl dresses by Pegeen.com are designed and made by us at our own U.S. factory. Although we sell exclusively online and ship world wide, you can schedule a visit to our design studio if you are visiting Disney World. Pegeen is located just 1.25 miles away, less than 5 minutes from the resorts. 407-928-2377 | 7 Days a Week, 9am to 11pm