Parents, do you have a wedding coming up soon and you’re still uncertain about how to dress your little one? Here are a few tips from guest blogger Zoe Clark to make it easy for you and fun for the kids!
Factors you should consider
First, you need to make an educated guess about what the weather and temperature is going to be like. Consider accessories like jackets and cardigans, or stockings for girls, to add a little warmth. Of course, you will need a back-up plan too, but you do not want to start the day with the kids being uncomfortable, because they are hot or cold.
Second, check what the expectations for the formality wedding are. Is it a black-tie affair, or a casual celebration in a barn, next to a river or at a beach perhaps?
And finally, is your child going to have a special role at the wedding? Being a flower girl or a ring bearer will take a bit more planning, as you need to match the ideas of the bride and the groom.
The most important thing is comfort
A floor-length satin gown for a small girl might sound adorable in theory, but in practice, it is a recipe for a disaster! She will not be able to move or run, the fabric will get wrinkles in no time and there is a good chance she will stumble and fall. A length that falls slightly above the ankle or just under the knee would be much more appropriate.
For a little boy, there is no need to put him in a three-piece suit to look handsome. After some time, he would feel trapped, and once he starts complaining, you will know it was a bad choice! Instead, combine a pair of pants with a simple shirt. With a detail like a cap, he can look as if he has just come from France. Or, put him in a pair of shorts with suspenders and a bow tie, to make a little fashionista.
Stay within the budget
A wedding is a special occasion, but exactly how much money are you willing to spend? Kids will be kids, so make sure the outfit isn’t to expensive you’ll be afraid to let them play. If you want to add style, volume and texture to your child’s look, but still not overspend, work on the details.
For something different, knitting is back in fashion. Be creative and spend some time on it, and you can get stunning results. It is possible to buy yarn online, as well as all the necessary equipment. This can be an activity for the whole family – a grandma can help with knitting and the young ones can create the look. And since you can find all sorts of tutorials online today, it has never been easier to learn it. If it is a winter wedding, a knit skirt in combination with white shirt can be an excellent choice for a girl. For summer, simply ad a knit bow in her hair or a flower on her dress, and she will feel very proud. For a boy, a specially made bow tie or a vest will make him look like a little gentlemen.
Match wearable pieces for the perfect combination
Play with designs and colors to find the perfect look. As kids keep growing all the time, you want to use pieces that they will be able to wear in other occasions too. Apply the same rules that work for adults. For example, a white shirt is a must-have item in a wardrobe. It works great with any pair of pants or a skirt, and adds a formal tone to the look
If you are going to be more than a couple of hours at the wedding, it is always a good idea to pack an extra item, for chilly nights. Here you can be creative too, and try one of the unusual patterns. A colorful poncho can be a great accessory for a girl’s look, on top of a dress or a shirt. Or make one-color sweater that will keep your boy warm.
As you see, the choices are numerous. This can be your moment to wow other guests with outfits (and models!) that will look adorable. Their outfits do not have to be pricey to be trendy and unique. Some creativity and a couple of rules to follow, and you are ready for the show (or the wedding, in this case!).
Zoe Clark is a proud mom of one baby girl and a miniature schnauzer. When not obsessing about designing perfect homes, Zoe is spending time with her family. She enjoys writing, cooking, traveling and loads of chocolate. You can follow her on Twitter.
(First image from Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty and A Lowcountry Wedding; second image from Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake and Satchel.me.uk; third image from Style Me Pretty, Etsy and Country Living.)