{review} Lil Miss Dress Up

Couples love Lil Miss Dress Up for their handmade, unique, flower girl dresses & boys’ suits – and their great prices

Request more pricing, details and info from this vendor!Photo above: Melissa K Photography | Reviewing Toronto-based clothing designer, Minh Ma-May, at Lil Miss Dress Up

Lil Miss Dress Up offers a fresh approach to children’s wear for special occasions. Whether you’re looking for a flower girl dress, first communion dress, ring bearer suit or prom dress, Lil Miss Dress Up in Toronto, Ontario creates outfits that are unique and classic in designs with a modern twist.

For Minh Ma-May, owner of Lil Miss Dress Up, her business is a labour of love and a true testament to the fact that anything is possible if you follow your dreams!

Staff at the Ring sat down with Minh to learn more about what this business has to offer couples.

From busy event planner and television events to playing dress up

Minh describes herself as a self-taught dressmaker. She’s also a Certified Wedding Planner (via the WPIC) who has planned and managed over 300 weddings during her eight years of owning and operating a wedding planning firm. As a wedding planner, Minh was featured in several TV shows including Rich Bride, Poor Bride, Wedding SOS and In Law Wedding Wars.

Yet, her wealth of success also demanded a lot of her time. “After having my daughter, I knew that needed to change my business as I needed to be home more to take care of her,” says Minh. “Being a wedding planner meant I would be unavailable most weekends and weeknights. Therefore, still wanting to be a part of the wedding industry and having my very own princess, I decided to go into specializing in dressing little boys and girls for weddings and other special occasions.” And so, in 2013, Lil Miss Dress Up opened its doors.

For Minh, dressing little boys and girls is so much fun!

“They always look so adorable and feel so special when they try on the perfect princess dress. They feel proud to wear our dresses and suits down the aisle and feel like they are a part of the whole wedding experience.”

With over 300 weddings under her belt as a dressmaker, Minh loves that she now gets to play dress up — with real dolls.

“Each child has their own personality and we can really show that off with our different styles!” explains Minh.

Unique, modern flower girl dresses & boys’ suits

Lil Miss Dress Up creates quality flower girl dresses that are unique and classic in design, but with a modern twist. Fabrics and embellishments are updated seasonally and the Designer Couture Collection of brands includes the top trending styles of the fashion world.

“We love to work with pretty lace, luxurious satin and delicate tulle to provide the perfect flower girl dresses for girls. Our dresses are made to order with love for a personal touch,” says Minh, adding that brides love the big poufy princesses dresses and custom made tutu dresses.

Minh meets with brides to determine that vision and style of the upcoming wedding. “We sit down and decide on colour scheme, style and embellishments to ensure the perfect dress for the wedding theme. Brides love that they can get exactly what they envision for their little one!” Once the outfits are finished, Minh ensures that brides are completed satisfied with the outfit and accessories before the wedding.

Jasmine B. Thompson decided to get the flower girl dresses for her wedding from Lil Miss Dress because she could have the dresses customized to exactly what she wanted. She explains, “I really liked some details from a few different dresses, but wasn’t able to find them in one.  Minh was able to make us a dress that had all the things I wanted,” admits Jasmine, adding that there were a lot of dresses in the shop, which helped her visualize the different components she wanted to incorporate.

Natalie Kam choose Lil Miss Dress Up because of the variety, flexibility and good services that was offered. She told The Ring, “I love how Lil Miss Dress Up is very open to various ideas. Their flexibility and suggestions make their custom work one-of-a-kind. Although my flower girl ended up picking something that was not custom made, Minh was able to help her with the accessories she needed, including shoes. It was definitely a big help to me as I did not have to go multiple places.”

Jasmine describes her shopping experience at Lil Miss Dress as easy. “I just had to book two appointments – one to discuss the dress and the second to bring the girls in for measuring.” Jasmine says that Minh really made her girls feel special. “She was very patient, as I had one little flower girl who did not want to cooperate as she was very shy,” says Jasmine, adding that Minh gave all three of the flower girls a little doll at the end of the measuring appointment.

“My first interaction with Lil Miss Dress Up was at a wedding show where I met Minh,” says Natalie. “We chatted a bit as I showed her countless photos of what I envisioned for my flower girl. Instead of selling me anything on the spot she suggested that I take my time to look at what she had on display and visit her store for more options. When we went to the store she was very helpful and patient with my flower girl and I. Natalie admits that Minh made her flower girl feel very special and she had a wonderful experience. Seeing her dressed up like a princess in the change room at the store was a favourite memory of hers.”

Couture dresses at reasonable prices

Jasmine admits that the price point was very reasonable, especially considering all the customization the Minh did. “I’ve been to bridal stores that sold girls’ dresses for well over $300, but I got the dresses from Minh for just $150 each.”

“From the first time I met Minh, back and forth emails, visiting her store and finalizing our order, Minh was amazing to work with,” says Natalie. “Minh was able to help me with my budget in providing various options and at the same time making sure we were still not far away from what I envisioned for my flower girl. Prices were fair and the service I received made everything worth it.”

Details, detail, details….

  • Ready-to-wear flower girl dresses range between $50 to $150
  • Boys suits or tuxedos sizes 3 months to youth 16 range between $50 to $100
  • Custom colour boys ties and bow ties
  • Custom made tutu flower girl dresses
  • Accessories include tiaras, floral crowns, flower girl baskets, ring pillows, crystals dress sashes and much more
  • Lil Miss Dress Up sells collections of everything from premium pettiskirts and tiaras to shoes.

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To learn more about Lil Miss Dress Up (lilmissdressup.com), you can reach Minh Ma-May directly by email using the form below. 🙂

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