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A Parent's Guide to First Holy Communion for Girls

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The First Communion is the culmination of months (sometimes years) of study, hard work, and piety. First Holy Communion is also a day to celebrate your child coming fully into your faith community, so we have created the one-stop Ultimate First Communion Guide to help answer your questions about day-of dresses, parties, gifts, and more.

 

First Communion Apparel

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First Communion Apparel is special for each little girl, that’s why we’ve put together an extra special guide you can find here: Flower Girl Dress Guide.

 

What should girls wear for their First Communion?

Usually, the church performing the First Communion will have a standard dress code for all communicants to follow. On average, girls wear a modest dress to their First Communion that covers the arms, legs, and head, in accordance with the church they attend. Traditionally the dress is white; depending on your church ivory can be worn as well. More girls are wearing modern dresses that don't cover arms, they usually wear a bolero when they're in the church and take off for all the other festivities

 

White is a symbol of purity, and can be simple or include more intricacies like beading, lace, embroidery, ruffles, swoop train, and bateau dress line depending on the preferences of the girl, her parents, the church, and what the church recommends.

 

Can people attending a First Communion wear white?

There is no explicit rule that says you can't wear white. The general consensus is to wear a modest, church-conscious outfit that can be colorful and flattering. A good rule of thumb is to wear celebratory colors. Avoid spaghetti straps, short dresses, low cut dresses, shirts, slippers, and flip flops.

 

Are girls required to wear a veil or wreath veil for their First Communion?

Wearing a veil or wreath to First Communion is a very traditional accessory that can add sophistication and elegance to any First Communion dress. Wreath veils and veils are a great detail to complete a look, although not always required. A tiara with a veil is another great addition to a First Communion dress. If your little girl will be wearing a veil, check out some of these adorable veils

 

What types of outerwear goes best with First Communion Dresses?

While there is no one set of rules about First Communion dresses, each church may have recommendations or specific guidelines. There are a few gorgeous accessories that can make your princess feel extra special on her big day. Boleros that match the dress both in color and style can work well, especially if the First Communion falls on a questionable weather day. While the outerwear may not be allowed in the church, the child can wear it before and after the ceremony. 



First Communion Party

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What are the main components of a First Communion Party?

After the First Communion, is the First Communion party, where friends and family gather to support and celebrate the new communicant. These are some of the main components you will want to consider for your little one’s first communion party. 

  • Double check the date and time of the ceremony with your church
  • Make your First Communion guest list
  • Find a venue
  • Create your invitations
  • Make or print a map to where your party will be held to add to your invitations
  • Plan your menu 
  • Include food, drinks, water, flatware, cups, napkins, plates, ice, table, chairs, tablecloths, table for gifts
  • Appoint a “day-of” helper 
  • Choose your decorations
  • Plan your thank you speech

On the big day, coffee and other refreshments keep your guests feeling welcomed.  Here are some easy recipes and ideas for refreshments at your princess’ big First Communion party.

  1. Rosary Bead Cookies
  2. Crepes
  3. Tea Sandwiches

 

If your party has a large number of guests and will be held in a large space, a buffet-style may be the way to go. This will make it easy for your friends and family to come and go as they please. Consider sectioning an area for small children to run around and have fun. Here you can plan out an area where for opening gifts.

 

Who should I invite to my child’s First Holy Communion and Communion Party?

This is a big day for your family, and whoever you want to spend this special day which brings lifelong memories is important to go about who you invite to the First Holy Communion and Communion Party is up to you. On average, most people invite immediate and extended family,Godparents, as well as friends, teachers, classmates, community members who are important in your child’s life, to their First Communion and party. 

 

Should I hire a First Communion Photographer?

Professional photographers will always catch moments we might miss, especially on a busy hosting day like a First Communion. Whether or not you hire a photographer often depends on the budget you set, but if you hire a trusted professional photographer your memories captured will be beautifully and professionally done. Here’s some tips on how to get the most out of your communion photographer.

 

Where can I host a First Communion Party?

Where you decide to host your child’s First Communion Party might be relative to how many people you are inviting. If you have a small enough party or big enough home, that may be the way to go. Other venue options to consider a favorite restaurant, hotels are a great option, parks and recreation areas, and banquet halls. Here are some extra tips to keep in mind if you have anyone needing handicap access if the parking and restrooms are easily accessible. Also, does your venue come equipped with catering services, or can you choose your own catering service? If you are having a buffet-style potluck it will be beneficial to find out where ever your event will be there will be access to a sink and trash bins. 

 

What style of cake is best for a First Communion Party?

The First Communion cake can be a custom, one-of-a-kind creation, or made from home with love. If you are expecting many guests to come and go, you may opt for cupcakes or cake pops. A beautifully sketched out cross, or a favorite scripture can be added to the cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and loaves of bread to symbolize your very special day to reflect the celebration of Christ. A cross, prayer, or cakes shaped like wafers and chalice are some other ideas. We love these ideas on easy communion cakes



What are the best flowers for a First Communion Party?

Light-colored flowers tend to be the most popular choices for a First Communion Party. White, cream, yellow, purple, pink, peach, lavender, blue-colored flowers are great themes as your best guide. Think Spring flowers, such as Alalea, Baby’s Breath, Bluebell, Carnations, Daffodils, Daisies, Gardenias, Hydrangea, Lavender, Lilac, Lilies, Magnolia, Primrose, Roses, Tulips, and our favorite Peonies. Here’s a quick reference list:

  • Azalea
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Bluebell
  • Carnations
  • Crocus
  • Daffodils
  • Daisies
  • Gardenias
  • Gerbera Daisies
  • Hyacinths
  • Hydrangea
  • Lavender
  • Lilac
  • Lilies
  • Magnolia
  • Peonies
  • Primrose
  • Roses
  • Stargazer lilies
  • Tulips



First Communion Gifts

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Are gifts given for First Communion?

Most if not all your guests will bring a gift, and most gifts are First Communion occasion specific. Here’s a list of appropriate gifts:

 

  • A statue of their namesake saint
  • Wall cross/crucifix
  • Jewelry or religious charm bracelet
  • Cash or gift card 
  • First Communion lapel pin
  • Bible or spiritual book
  • Birthstone rosary
  • Nativity pieces
  • First communion prayer locket
  • Holy water font
  • Rosary keepsake boxes
  • Inspirational bookmark

How much money do you give for Communion?

Money as a gift is always appreciative, and it may be easier for everyone. How much you give is entirely up to you. Depending on the spectrum of closeness, a teacher, school friend, neighbor, may think about giving in the $20 to the $50 range. If you are closer to the communicant, a good range would be anywhere from $60 to the $200 range, while godparents and grandparents are anywhere from over $200 and above. 

 

What is a good First Communion gift for a girl?

When looking for a gift for a girl's First Communion, personal engraving gifts are always a great idea. Pillows, necklaces, bracelets, bibles, even backpack, purses, pencils, and notebooks can make nice gifts. Religious board games, music, and movies are also an option. Rosaries always make great gifts. From snowglobes, embroidered pillowcases, prayer lockets, here’s a store with cute charms and gifts to get you started. 

First Communion 101

First Communion 101 | Kid's Dream

What is the meaning of First Communion?

First Holy Communion also known as First Eucharist, is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation. By remembering the sacrifice Jesus made, for the Body and Blood of Jesus Himself and food for our journey of faith.

What grade do you make your First Communion?

First Communion is typically received in the 2nd grade, which is about 7 or 8 years old. If you want your child to receive First Communion before 7 or 8 years old, your church may have a special program.

 

What do you say when receiving Holy Communion?

After receiving Holy Communion, it is customary to say, “Amen” as a declaration to follow Christ even to death.

 

What is the Holy Communion and what does it symbolize?

At the Last Supper, Jesus broke bread and shared wine with the Apostles so He could be with them in spirit forever.

 

How do you get your First Holy Communion?

There are different requirements for children taking their First Communion depending on the faith and church. All Christians must first be baptized. Some children are required to take a class (or classes), and some require the first confession with an age-appropriate Examination of Conscience and the Act of Contrition.

 

Helpful Tips for Girls Receiving their First Holy Communion

Helpful Tips for Girls Receiving their First Holy Communion | Kid's Dream

Why do we say amen when we receive communion?

Saying “Amen” after receiving the Eucharist is a way to acknowledge with head and heart that you agree to follow Christ.

 

Is it considered a sin to eat before Communion?

Anyone expecting to participate in Holy Communion must fast for one hour prior to taking the Eucharist unless you must take medication.

 

What is the difference between First Communion and Confirmation?

Both Communion and Confirmation are part of the Sacred Sacraments (and along with Baptism make up the three rites of passage for children into the faith). The Communion is the coming together of communicant with the body and blood of Christ through the Eucharist. Confirmands go through a confirmation of baptismal vows, sometimes picking a new name, receiving a blessing, the tracing of a cross in chrism oil, and a confirmation prayer.

 

Conclusion

The First Communion is an exciting time for parents and children. Children have worked hard to understand what it means to come into faith, to take the vow to follow Christ, and to become a part of the faith community. Parents are proud of their children and ready to celebrate the Communicant in their new role as a part of the faith community. We hope that this guide will make it easier for you to plan without stress and enjoy the big day.

 

Bonus! 

Say yes to the Communion dress Kid's Dream edition! Jade is having her Communion in May and stopped by our showroom to pick out the perfect dress. Which Communion dress will Jade pick? 

Resources: 

https://kidsdreamus.com/blogs/news/first-communion-dress-shopping-guide 

http://catholicmom.com/2013/02/17/a-preparation-guide-for-first-communion-the-big-stuff/ 

https://www.holyart.com/blog/religious-items/10-tips-organising-first-communion/ 

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