February 13, 2017

Mom and Grandma Alert: Now is the time to be shopping for a First Holy Communion dress for your little second grader! It’s a celebratory day for your favorite little girl and a major step in her life-long journey in the faith.

The angel in the above photo is my daughter Allison, and I remember when we bought her dress at Jacobson’s, a fabulous regional department store in Palm Beach County that has since gone to Heaven. Make it a special event when you take your own daughter or granddaughter to shop . . .  she’ll always remember the day Gram and Mom bought her a beautiful white First Holy Communion dress and took her out to a special lunch!

So what’s available right now in the stores and online? I suggest a phone call to your local stores before loading the kids in the car to shop. Stock is already depleted in several stores.

Macy*s has a lovely selection of First Holy Communion dresses. We found a very pretty Blush By Us Angels embroidered Communion dress with a sheer mesh skirt. Priced at $85, this appears to be a typical price for upper-end stores.

Here are a few online sites to visit:

Dillards’s (Great Zelia jeweled dress shoes.)
Chasing Fireflies (Beautiful veils on the site.)
Isabel Garreton (Subscribe and get 10% off.)
JCPenney (Sale in progress right now.)
Kohl’s (Several Bonnie Jean dresses. Shop with a coupon.)
David’s Bridal (Lovely lace flower girls dresses that work as First Communion dresses.)
Flower Girl Dress (Several Joan Calabrese dresses with same day shipping.)
Sears (Sweet Pea and Lilli sequined and embroidered dresses.)
Burlington Coat Factory (Very reasonably priced dresses.)
Target (Adorable Mia Sophia cap-sleeve dress.)
Catholic Faith Store (Classic satin and tulle to lace appliquéd dresses.)
Kids Formal (Excellent pricing and oh-so-sweet organza dresses.)
Von Maur (Dresses, flats and veils, too.)

Another thought . . . You might try bridal stores and look at their flower girl dresses. Some consignment shops also sell Holy Communion dresses. If you can sew, check out this site for Making a Holy Communion Dress. And, here’s a site called that shows how you can sew your daughter’s dress from your own wedding dress!

Do your homework. Call stores first and you’ll find that very special dress for your daughter or granddaughter.

Of course, Pinterest is filled with Holy Communion dresses and great ideas. We have to mention this awesome Pinterest post showing an easy-to-make Holy Communion Cake!

Then, you might be wondering what to do with the dress after First Holy Communion? This is the fourth year that the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, is collecting Holy Communion dresses and outfits to pass on to children in need. Check out this article for more information. Dresses and suits can be mailed to: Ms. Lynn Gully, Archdiocese of Newark, 171 Clifton, Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104.


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  • Lynn Gully

    Lovely article! Thanks for sharing how to donate a dress or suit and helping make the world a better place!

    • Thank you for your comment. will be mailing a First Holy Communion dress (size large) to your attention tomorrow! All the best!

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