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  1. As well as restocking our favourites from past seasons, we have a great collection of new communion dress styles due in early January for the 2018 communion season.

    Here are a few of them:

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    Barbara £159.99



    Little White Collection

    Little White Collection 24 £143.99




    Little White Collection 20 - £170.99



    Linzi Jay

    Angel £141.99


    Maya £129.99


    Leah £155.99


    Zoe £159.99

    ZOE DRESS FRONTBetsy £177.99


    Faith £177.99


    Sarah Louise

    These are some of the dresses which will be available from Sarah Louise:


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     More Sarah Louise dresses which are brand new for 2018


  2. As always, we have been very busy photographing and trying out all the new communion dresses so that we know exactly how they come up and fit so we can help you decide on size and choose the perfect dress.

    We have some beautiful new designs this year from Sarah Louise in princess style with big puffy tulle skirts which are a definite hit with your 7 and 8 year olds this year - although mothers are still wanting the straighter A-line styles - leading to some careful negotiations taking place!

    Linzi Jay has also introduced a new brand called Little White Collection with some extremely pretty dresses in the same quality as the original Linzi Jay dresses.

    But our best selling dress of the season so far is the ballerina length unbranded white tulle dress with long lace sleeves which we have had to re-order already to fulfill demand.  This is a real bargain at only £53.99!

    We are almost fully booked with appointments until February so if you want to come in to browse our collections, please do contact us at the earliest opportunity; the earlier you visit, the more choice you will have.  This particularly applies if you need an unusual size, either small or large or if you have your heart set on a specific style.

    We have a new collection of beautiful communion shoes now from Little People and an abundance of hair accessories, tiaras, petticoats, tights, gloves, bags, veils and jackets from Emmmerling and Linzi Jay.

  3. It's now the end of April and apart from a few stragglers, you have now bought your communion outfits and so the Saturday shop closes for the rest of the year.  We will reopen in January 2016.

    This year has been an unusual one in that your girls are so tall!  We have never had such tall children visit our shop for communion dresses before.  The manufacturers have not anticipated this growth spurt but we will be sure to ask them to make many more dresses in 12-14 years next year.

    Linzi Jay dresses have again proved to be the most popular as a brand.  Other dresses which were an immediate hit with our customers (and we could have sold many more had we had the sizes in stock) were the long sleeved lace dress from Isabella Collection (sold out in early January) and the dress with the lace top from Emmerling. 

    Shorter dresses have been less popular this year than before.  Lace remains the most popular embellishment along with crystals and pearls.

    We look forward to seeing the new styles for 2016 which we will be buying shortly.


  4. As the 2014 communion selling season draws to a close, we're now mid-way through the buying process for 2015.

    We will be bringing you new styles from Linzi Jay and Sarah Louise as well as old favourites.

    Emmerling also has a stunning new collection for 2015 and we are looking at reintroducing classic styles that we have sold in the past from Sweetie Pie and Pretty Originals.

    We're also looking at stocking some new ranges from other brands so if you have any favourites that you would like to see in our shop next year, please do let us know.

  5. It's that time of year again when First Holy Communion dress sales are in full flow.  We have some exceptionally gorgeous new dresses from Linzi Jay, Sarah Louise and Emmerling as well as the classics which are repeated from year to year.  We have all the accessories you could possibly need to complete your outfit including white shoes, jackets, cardigans, bags, veils, tiaras, gloves, socks and tights.

    Please don't leave your communion dress shopping late as the season is short and the full range of dress styles and sizes is only available at the start of the season ie. now and will dwindle as the dates the children make their first communion approach.

    You can visit us at our showroom in Tunbridge Wells in Kent.  For details please see the column to the right.

  6. It's been a busy week here at Just First Communion with a last minute scramble for the last few remaining communion dresses and accessories.  Many customers are reporting that other shops are completely sold out and as we warned towards the end of last year, suppliers are not holding the levels of stocks that they have in previous years, because of the recession, so shops cannot replenish their stocks.

    The most popular dresses this season have been Linzi Jay's Cindy, May, Molly, Crystal, Kerry and Hailey and Sarah Louise's 8963 and 8958.

    Emmerling dresses have also been very sought after as they are cut more narrowly than the British dresses and fit slimmer girls perfectly.

    The Emmerling hair accessories have also sold really well as have Sarah Louise & Linzi Jay veils and Linzi Jay communion shoes.

    We are now busy ordering dresses for the 2014 communion season.  We are planning to stock more Emmerling dresses as demand is strong as well as Linzi Jay and Sarah Louise. 



  7. We have had many customers visit and call asking if they have left it too late to buy a communion dress for this summer?  It seems that many shops are low on stock - especially in non standard sizes - and mums are starting to panic.  

    We did warn in our previous blog post that suppliers are carrying very limited stocks this year because of the recession and that replenishing dresses in the shop and ordering in different sizes would not be easy this year.  We have therefore pre-bought in large ranges of styles and sizes but those are selling quite quickly.

    Anyway, if you have your heart set on a particular dress or your child is not a standard 7 years or 8 years size, we do recommend that you start looking straight away to avoid disappointment.

    We still have plenty of holy communion dresses for your to choose from.

  8. It's that time of year again when we open our communion dress shop ready for the influx of customers immediately after Christmas.

    We have some fabulous new communion dress styles for 2013 coming from Linzi Jay including:

    • Adele, a satin dress with beading radiating out from one side.  This style comes with a matching jacket too.
    • Lotti, a short sleeved satin dress, similar in shape to the lovely Ella dress from last year
    • Molly, an organza covered satin dress with ruched waistband and a lovley scalloped lace edge to the cross over part of the skirt
    • Orla, another dress and jacket combo with flower to waist and embroidered bodice
    • Bonny, a pretty dress with waterfall chiffon floating down one side, an embroidered bodice and a matching short sleeved jacket
    • Hailey, a dress with organza overlay to the skirt and matching embroidered jacket
    • Rhian, reminiscent of our previously best selling Ellie dress with beaded tulle overlay and matching jacket

    We will also be stocking last year's best sellers Kerry, Beth, Crystal, Pippa and Tricia and perennial favourites Cindy, May and Jodi.

    Sarah Louise are repeating their most popular styles from last year and these dresses are useful for girls who prefer a shorter style or something other than the Linzi Jay classic A-line.

    As the prices have risen substantially this year, we will only be stocking one style from Emmerling which is the best selling style 70062, a sophisticated classic style with beaded bodice in A-line shape.

    We will also be sellling a range of white special occasion shoes, jackets and cardigans, a wide range of headddresses, tiaras and veils from Emmerling, Linzi Jay and Sarah Louise.

    Please note that for 2013, our suppliers will not be holding large numbers of stock for us (or any other shop) to order from so we anticipate high demand for our dresses as we have them in stock whereas some other shops sell from samples.  For that reason, we advise you to buy early in the season, especially if you require a plus size, as there will be limited availability for 2013.

    We are now taking appointments for communion dress fittings in our specialist communion and christening dress showroom in Tunbridge Wells.  Please email [email protected] to make an appointment.  

  9. Sales of 2012 communion dresses have started already with some early birds picking their 2012 styles before Christmas.

    So we've reopened our online communion shop a month earlier than usual so you can have first pick of the new season's designs.

    The Sarah Louise dresses from 2011 proved so popular that we've ordered them again; these are the ones to look at if you are after a ballerina length or ankle length dress.  For those who want the traditional A-line look, we're introducing stylish elegant and simple designs from Emmerling. And perennial favourite Linzi Jay has some interesting modern styles this year as well as the classics.

    We have a wide ranging collection coming into store at the end of December and throughout January with a style and price to suit every person's budget.

  10. We've been very busy since we launched this site at the beginning of the year. The last few communion sales of the seasn are still trickling through and we will shortly be putting this site into hibernation until December when the 2012 season starts. We have lots to look forward to for next year. As well as new designs from both Linzi Jay and Sarah Louise, we will be stocking the beautiful long A-line dresses from German manufacturer Emmerling. Coupled with their stunning Accessories and hair decorations, we are sure you will love this new collection.