How to Dress for a First Communion Party - Parents

By Mary Smith. Updated: June 20, 2017
How to Dress for a First Communion Party - Parents

During the First Communion celebration, children are the centre of attention as they receive the holy sacrament. Therefore, the dress is especially important for girls. Still, parents and guests also share this important day with their children and this frequently raises questions about what they should wear to a First Communion party and ceremony. In this article at oneHOWTO we'll provide you with some suggestions about how to dress for a First Communion party, focusing on parents.

You may also be interested in: What To Wear For A First Communion Party
Steps to follow:

First, you need to keep in mind that the First Communion is a religious celebration when children receive a holy sacrament. Therefore, the dress must be suitably appropriate for a church ceremony. This means you should keep your shoulders covered at all times while in church and should not wear anything shorter than knee length in order to dress appropriately for a first communion party.


Similarly to a baby shower dress code, women are recommended not to wear dresses with plunging necklines, short skirts, or with their shoulders or back exposed, etc. Nor should they wear very bright colors, or wear a dress that's too flashy.


Remember that this is a semiformal event, i.e., you should wear formal wear, but don't overdo it. You don't have to wear a designer label. At this event, the parents and guests aren't the focus of attention. Instead, it's the children who are taking Communion for the first time.


On the other hand, when choosing the parents' outfits for their children's First Communion, it's important to consider the season when the celebration takes place. Usually, it takes place during spring (especially in May), so the weather can be unpredictable and it also depends on the geographical region where you are holding the first communion party.


For women, a good option is to wear a short dress which reaches the knee but no shorter or a medium-lengthed dress. As we've already mentioned, it's recommended to choose colors that aren't too flashy, so beige or pastel shades are perfect.

How to Dress for a First Communion Party - Parents - Step 5

There's also the option of choosing a tailored suit, either with trousers or a skirt, that are light colored, since black isn't appropriate. A long jumpsuit paired with a blazer can also look highly stylish for parents at a first communion party, just make sure it's not too tight or has a pronounced cleavage.

How to Dress for a First Communion Party - Parents - Step 6

Shoes for your child's First Communion should be of average height and can match a small or medium handbag. In terms of other accessories, don't overdo it, but opt for a simple look.


As for men, it's not a requirement to wear a suit and tie for your child's First Communion, but it is quite common to do so. You can dress more informally with a shirt and jacket but don't wear anything too sporty.

How to Dress for a First Communion Party - Parents - Step 8

In terms of hair and makeup, to attend your child's First Communion, don't wear too much makeup but opt for a simple and elegant look. If you need some ideas, take a look at our article on the best hairstyles for a first communion!


If you want more tips on hair, accessories and clothes check out our article What to wear for a first communion party and learn what to write in a first communion card if you haven't got any ideas.

If you want to read similar articles to How to Dress for a First Communion Party - Parents, we recommend you visit our Fashion & Style category.

Write a comment

What did you think of this article?
How to Dress for a First Communion Party - Parents
1 of 4
How to Dress for a First Communion Party - Parents

Back to top